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Wild Garlic

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:42

It needs shade, reasonable drainage and moisture, and that's about it. Don't plant it in the ground because it spreads ferociously and rapidly becomes a real pest. Keep it contained in a large pot on hardstanding.

Acer problems

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 18:17

Sorry folks - acers DON'T need ericaceous compost - that's a myth. They will do absolutely fine in neutral compost - check the RHS cultivation notes here. But they don't like being waterlogged, which might be the cause of the leaf drop - or it may just be autumn.

As for the leaf loss - the

Berry-eating birds will need more help this year

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 10:18

We get through about half a kilo of raisins a day in winter, and have about 20 blackbirds fighting for them. Looks like I might have to put out more this year

Weeds from next door

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:15

I agree with the physical barrier idea - it's really the only way to stop the weeds. Above ground you can fix wind netting to the fence to hold them back.

Vine dilemma

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:11

Plant them now - if you leave them in pots you will only have to water them and protect against frost.

Dried up Tulip bulbs

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:09

Yes, bin them - bulbs are not like seeds, they can't be stored for a season.

Torquay Palms

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 21:38

You are best waiting until spring, when you can try digging up one of the shoots to see if it has roots and going from there.


Posted: 29/09/2012 at 21:36

Cut off the leaves and put the bulb somewhere cool - about 10C - for 12 weeks, leaving it completely dry for that period.

After that time bring into the warm and don't water until you see new growth, which you will fairly soon.

Difference between garden centre and grocery store herbs

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 16:58

I tend to agree with Kate. The difference isn't in the variety, but the way they're grown. Supermarket herbs are forced, in optimal conditions, so grow larger much more quickly than garden centre herbs. Garden centre herbs, being grown more slowly, are sturdier and stronger plants which can be planted outdoors. If you try and break up supermarket herbs and plant them out, you will find that they curl up and die because they are "soft" and have poor roots.

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:28

I have only saved them from reasonably ripe (red) tomatoes.

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