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Alina W

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How to get rid of excess soil?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 14:34

Depending on how much you've got, I wouldn't be in a rush to get rid of it. You will find that newly-dug borders and areas around plants sink over winter, and you will need to top up the soil come spring.

Plum Trees - Czar

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 12:51

I can only agree with Dovefromabove - and I have seen silverleaf move in in response to late pruning.

Plum Trees - Czar

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 23:26

But you shouldn't prune plum trees now, only in summer, to prevent silver leaf.

The mystery of the disappearing hedgehogs

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 22:00

I think that the family will have split up in the normal course of things and so scattered.

Purple privets

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 21:27

It could be phosphorus deficiency, which can occur when it is washed out of the soil. It could also be lack of potassium, but you say you've used that to no effect, so I'd tend to phosphorus.

Dicentra Spectibilis with no new growth at base

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 21:14

No, you haven't. I find that it always dies back to nothing in winter. I cut it back some years when it has grown particularly rampantly, but usually leave it alone and plant around it, like Christopher.

How many fruit trees?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 11:02

What is at the base of your raised bed - does it give access to soil?

mmmmm rhubarb

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:58

Yes, but it'll need to be a big container and you will have to water it well.

Over winter non hardy fuschia

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:56

Do you have a spare windowsill? They can be trimmed down to a few inches and potted up.


Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:54

Alternatively, you could try a mixture of shrubs, such as mahonia and pyracantha, with woodland flowers such as foxgloves and Welsh poppies.

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