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levelling the garden

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 11:03

"As far as I can tell, there's a big gap in legislation for neighbouring terrace gardens - I'm allowed to (but haven't) make their garden unstable by digging right up to it, without even telling them, so long as it doesn't break the party wall rules for building's foundations."


Not right, if you have raised or lowered the level of your garden and that causes their or a shared fence to fail then you are liable for that to be replace entirely at your cost. The law does not just cover buildings but boundary features like fencing, walls, hedges etc.


Posted: 24/03/2015 at 09:26

Latin names are very important as there are many plants with the same common name.

Latin pronunciation is different in different languages and within the English speaking world.

As long as you can understand what the words mean, then pronunciation is irrelevant:

Plant ID please

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 08:47

I did think Cordyline but was put off with the growth. I suppose as an immature plant it would look like that before forming a trunk.

Plant ID please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:36

5 looks like a grass - Pampas probably.

hormone rooting powder /gel

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:52

Cuttings either take or do not. Rooting powder, in my opinion, for most plants, is a placebo.

sowing artichoke seed

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:52

Sorry, I forgot to add what to do! I tend to use a seeding tray, 4inches deep and I pop the seed into a hole I poke with a pencil, so near the surface but covered. I tend to cover the top with grit.

sowing artichoke seed

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:06

You start them off inside now in a sunny window and then acclimatise them to the outside. You can start them off outside, but they take longer to germinate and grow.

christmas tree growing

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 09:54

Soaking the seeds in a fertiliser does help germination. I use Nitrozyme and it does increase germination and produce strong seedlings after placing in the fridge for 6 weeks or so. If you think about it birds are supposed to eat them, poop them out and they are sitting in poop fertiliser in the cold and damp for months.

christmas tree growing

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:53

You soak them for 24 hours then place them in a zip bag with damp soil and leave in the fridge for 6 weeks. You can then germinate them. Alternatively stick the seeds in a pot and leave out all winter.

Spring Plant id

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 22:04

Looks like Muscari and Snowdrops.

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