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Talkback: Cuckoo spit

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 21:03

I would also say harmless. I feel bad when I wash them off with the hose but my garden is not wild and everything has to earn its keep.

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:10

I would suggest a hedge to define the boundaries of your property and stop people walking over it. I would actually erect a fence - those clauses in deeds are likely to be unenforceable now - they were designed for the developer to sell other properties by making sure that you keep it clear. Who exactly is going to stop you or enforce?  A fence does not need planning permission if it is within height restrictions.

Magnolia

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:51

I agree, rootstock will be a Magnolia but what variety used is guessable. Magnolia does come back from the root, so if it was not grafted it may be the same variety.

Rosemary and Water

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 12:01

My Rosemary is on a south facing terrace that has quite heavy soil, so can be quite wet at times. I find Rosemary prefers to be well watered rather than dry, esp in pots. If you think of where is naturally grows the soil is well draining but constantly getting humidity from the sea and fog and rain.

Black bamboo

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 10:34

All good advice. Width is more important than depth for bamboo. To get the best black colour you need to site the bamboo in full sun. Mine are starting to turn black (I bought some juvenile plants so it has taken years for them to thicken up and darken). I feed them grass fertiliser every few weeks to give them a boost and place grass cuttings around their base (am told this is not needed but the heat helps them in early spring)

1/2 price Dahlia's

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:14

If the tubers fell turgid and not soft like an old carrot then they should be ok. I would soak them in warm water for a few hours then pot up in a warm greenhouse and they should romp away.

dahlia tubers in ground through winter question.

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 10:49
stephen moulder wrote (see)

hello i plant 4 plate sized dalhias from the range back in early april and there is no sign of any growth should i leave it for another month before i check the tuber to see if its rotted or not 

 

Where did you plant them? I need to start mine off in the greenhouse in pots - most are not a good few feet tall now. I would never start them directly outside in the borders, as they take a long time for the right temperatures to develop for them to grow well then flower.

You can tell when they have rotted as the brown rhizomes will turn to mush or be hollow.

How to improve drainage

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 20:01

I would use grit - sand can hold a lot of water and is actually quite poor at draining.

garden pest attacking my baby plants

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 21:57

My garden has a lot of caterpillars this year, little you can do about that apart from go out and pick em off. You can try systemic garlic sprays (you boil a clove of garlic then let it cool and spray that on all your plants). It does work but is systemic so takes months for the plants to take up the garlic odor, which puts off many herbivores. Your garden will also smell of it...

Oak seedlings to find a home

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 16:21

I quite often get free trees from the birds (just found a small Rowan in the Strawberry patch). I put them in my local park. Just find any space, take a fork and put it in. If it looks like you made an effort to plant it the park people tend to leave well alone. The trees facing my house and in next doors garden all came from me planting/donating them.

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