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Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 09:11

Most people have small gardens and is there only outdoor space. Whilst nature and gardening need not be mutually exclusive gardens are not nature reserves and neither should we expect them to be. As much as I hate people paving over their gardens, be that with tarmac for cars or decking for the few months it is possible to be be outside in comfort it is their choice for there small piece of outdoors.

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:22

@Verdun would you really use your council compost? Cheap yes but I know what I send them and I can guess what others do....

whats best?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 20:23

Pots, as you can manage watering, pests, feed and drainage. I personally find too many pots fussy, so all my lilies are in the ground.

Moving an acer

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 20:19

Blue onion is right. Personally I would move it in early January as the sap is low and it has some time to regrow roots. You could lift it now assuming the leaves have not broken. I note that some of mine have done so today.

How to beat Botrytis?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 08:57

I take some dilute Hydrogen Perxoide and using cotton wool wipe it over the infected area and it kills the Botrytis but leaves the plant foliage alone.

What is my mystery bulb thats growing....

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 08:56

It looks like a Tulip. I do not think it is early for them to be popping up.

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 22:48

T&M and Parkers for bare roots and bulbs are totally fine. There are discounts for both if you are a subscriber to the mag.

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:40

I have no problems in taking seeds from gardens, restaurants, garden centres, parks etc. Taking seeds off of plants is normally benign and the odd one that ends up in your pocket is not going to make a difference.

Going out with a shovel and taking a whole plant is clearly different as you are depriving someone of something.

Cuttings are a gray area for me - an overgrown plant and no one will notice but I know some people steal from rare plants and they are literally picked to death, so difficult to give a generic answer.

advice please

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 21:03

Hedychium is root hardy, the growth will die back after a few frosts.

Either plant in a damp but sunny spot or place in a pot, dampen soil, cover with cling film and place in a warm place. When you see shoots you can then place next to a window.

I'm in a quandary -

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 16:23

You are lucky to have electricity in the greenhouse. I have to have a solar light and paraffin gas. Paraffin only takes the edge off of low temps by a few degree I am finding

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