Alina W

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Almond tree issue

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 22:02

Does the rest of the tree show any signs of ill health?

Beech Hedge Dying - Advice Please

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 22:20

Is the dead plant near a wall, or a very soggy piece of ground, perhaps?

Overgrown Leylandii Tree

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:09

No, it's not a hedge. You need to have someone look at it and decide whether it is dangerous before anything else, and proceed from there.

Clueless beginner with weedy, uneven garden

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:04

Topsoil is the nutritious, fairly fine soil which lies on top of the subsoil. Most plants want to have their roots in topsoil in order to grow well, although trees and most bushes will cope with the tougher subsoil. Grass, however, needs topsoil, as do most of the more delicate flowering plants. Topsoil is anywhere between 10-30cm deep, depending how lucky you've been, but it's very common for builders moving onto a new site to strip the topsoil and sell it separately. It's also rather common for them to leave all their rubbish behind - bits of wire, brick, roof tiles and plaster - and cover it with a few shovelfuls of soil. When you kill the present greenery, you will need to have a look at the bumps and peaks and see what's causing them. You may find that you have quite a few  barrowloads of rubbish lurking which will leave holes that need filling; you may also find that the soil is extremely poor, so you might want to consider buying topsoil to improve matters.

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Posted: 07/08/2016 at 16:40

I think you may be better adding it to the compost heap - as Ladybird says, it's acid, and doesn't contain much in the way of useful nutrients.

Disappointing plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:46
aym280 says:

Ladybird4: Rudbeckias gave me a spectacular show last year. They are bold and striking and flowered well past the first frost. I got them £1 for 3 last year from Aldi.  Sadly, haven't seen any of these bargains this year. Perhaps give them a different spot, I am sure you can grow them successfully. 

With me, it has got to be anemone, and Pasque flowers. I have only one surviving Pasque flower plant from my dead donkeys. I keep my finger crossed that it will still be here after the winter. 

See original post

 aym280, I kept failing on Pasque flowers until I ran out of space one year and shoved it into a pot hanging on a sunny wall. It thrived.

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Garden Transformation

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:36

That is a brilliant transformation - well done!

Fuchsia not producing any berries?

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:29

That was my thought, too. The fruit doesn't last long before going soft, and, although edible, has very little flavour.

bugs like my woodstain

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 23:07

Have you tried bringing it indoors to dry, e.g., in a garage?

Disappointing plants

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 22:49

Now delphiniums are happy with me, half-buried in other plants. Slugs seem to ignore or miss them.

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