Alina W

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 12:04

I'm another one who hates the smell of paperwhites! I do have some bulbs to plant in pots, though - like Jo, the garden is full

Am wondering how to weight my hyacinths - last year they climbed out of the pot. And no, the soil wasn't compacted, nor were they "screwed" into the surface.

Weather - undecided. Showers this morning, dry at the moment.

New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 10:54

Using bleach is definitely not the answer as it will poison the soil and you will probably need an awful lot of it - it will also be dangerous to any neighbours' pets that happen to walk over the soil until you cover it, so please don't use it - use a proper, safe weedkiller.

Lawn Seed Rotting?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:44

If you have reasonable drainage they should be OK. The only possible problem I can see is that some of it might have been washed away.

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.

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