Alina W


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Ive been told,

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 14:29

Seriously, tea has some mineral content and is acidic, but that's about it.

Ive been told,

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 14:27

I was going to say avoid the milk and sugar

Clematis montana problem

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 12:03

Slugs will strip bark at ground level, but I suspect that such widescale damage is an animal of some sort, possibly a cat, dog or squirrel. It's not common, but animals can sometimes get strange obsessions.

Stripped stems won't survive, so you may as well trim them down to ground level; new ones will grow next year. Make sure that you protect the new growth from slugs in spring, and protect the shoots higher by constructing a tube of chicken wire that surrounds the new shoots - that should stop problems from animals.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 09:57

Overcast and 7C here this morning - what a change from the weekend!

where to keep dianthus

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 09:53

They should be fine in the mini-greenhouse as they are hardy.

Black Slime in Grass

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 17:49

It may be a form of slime mould. Slime moulds are harmless to grass, and no treatment is necessary - you can blast them away with a jet of water, as you have been doing.

A possible cause is lack of nutrients in the soil, possibly caused by this year's heavy rain. You may well find that it vanishes next year.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:40

Water when it's dry - look at the roots around the outside of the pot. If they don't look green and vibrant, then water. You will find that it's between every 2-3 weeks.

Re-potting acers

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:34

As long as the area you've picked doesn't get waterlogged it should be absolutely fine. Prepare the area by digging out a hole twice the size of its pot and mix the soil with some good compost, plant at the height it was and, if it's large, give it a stake until it's had the chance to put down its roots.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:30

Cold and overcast here in N Yorks - and predicted to sleet/snow tonight My fuchsias will have to come in - goodness knows where I'll put them, they're still in full bloom....

Fatsia Japonica/ Hedera

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 09:28

The fatsia should re-grow once it's settled. You don't want to encourage growth now - wait until spring and give it a good feed of a nitrogen-rich fertilizer (e.g., chicken manure pellets).

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