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yet another rude online retailer...

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 12:37

Avoid angry confrontation. Explain your problems and make it out that you want help and advice. Stating that all the seeds germinated (good) but that you want advice on X. Applying angrily just puts others back up and helps no one. Stay on the moral high ground.

black bamboo

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 12:33

Jan - just cut like you would a hedge to the height that you want and the canes will not grow any higher. I actually really like a pruned bamboo. You can also remove a few feet of bottom leaves to open up the canes ans expose them to the sun for darker canes.

Phyllostachys nigra does have a good name but it is a runner, a cunning one, as it sends out long (8ft) runners underground and you do not notice it until it is too late and you have a lawn full of Phyllostachys nigra shoots or you wonder where the canes have come from in a border! It is not a clumping bamboo like most Fargesia. I am amazed at how many people say 'it is well behaved' when it is a thug, not Sasa japonica thug, but a thug none the less.

 

what paint can I use outside - cheap and cheerful

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 18:59

If it is a brand new wood fence the cheapest stain option is to buy a large 3 litre of vinegar and rub that on to the wood. Overnight it will turn dark. Cost £3 and elbow grease?

The external cuprinols can be bought cheaper in B&M and Wipro, esp towards autumn.

Something eating leaves on our plum trees

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 16:43

What you describe does not sound like the leaves are being eaten. Peach Leaf curl does not occur in Plum, so it is not that.

I advise to post some pics of the trees, and upclose to a leaf or three and we can try and help further.

Container size for growing peas

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:45

Outside and well watered, then a few Pea plants would grow with support. Their roots are not that extensive.

GArden Fork Recommendation

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 22:13

Mmm. I have went through many a garden spade with my heavy soil but never lost a fork yet. I use a cheap as chips own make garden fork.

Coir Compost Blocks

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:01

IKEA sells it cheaper than ebay. If you go abroad in the EU then look in supermarkets as it seems more freely available on the mainland.

What would you use Coir for? I used it for tropical plants and for seedlings (as it is damp but open thus great for preventing dampening off etc)

morrisions and a kwiw

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:05

Great price, I would keep it in a pot for a year or 2 to get it to a decent size before planting out next to a south facing wall.

Forest Pansy Tree - cercis canadensis

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:31

My more established ones are just breaking bud now. They are late openers. Bare root plants always take a while to leaf, so keep that in mind.

Montery Cypress Goldcrest

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 13:13

You have a good eye ImpHosta. I have non topiary Goldcrest in my garden - front and back. The ones in heavy shade have grown slowly whilst the ones in full sun have doubled in size, so sun exposure makes a difference in growth only. They do not like to dry out, so keep the pots well watered and the position that you have they will do fine.

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