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Latest posts by blairs

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 08:42

It is 'black beauty' rather than 'black lace' going by the leaves.

Repairing my neighbours picket fence - what do I do?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 08:40

I agree, it should be an easy fix. The cost of a 4ft post is about £2 each and postcrete (to cement it in) about £4 for a bag. Hiring someone will cost over £30 plus the above, so I would cost it at £40-50. So it is well worth fixing yourself. You can paint the post the same colour. It really is straight forward and am sure there are lots of website/youtube videos giving good step by steps on how to do it.

Is this tree on the way out?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 09:14

I would cut off all the brown branches (a crown lift) and give the tree lots of water and see what happens. It may be that there is not enough root for the amount of branches and they have died back. You can then underplant to make it look better. I am an optimist and willing to give things a go.

Glass cleaning

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 09:07

I use shower spray (the spray that forms a film that prevents water and dirt accumulating on the glass) after washing inside and out. I find it can reduce humidity in the GH and moulds forming. Worth a try as it costs less than a quid.

Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:44

I would say 6 rhyzomes per trug as they grow. I would offer you some for free but postage is more than you would pay to buy them in the shops.

Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 14:41

Yes, fully hardy. I bought mine in Russia and it was -28C outside and they were grown locally.

Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 14:18

I bought them from the grocers and then soaked them in water for a few hours then planted in a pot. When I saw growth I transferred to the ground - they are still there as I do not eat them. They grow tall (1.5-3 metres). Hardy and very easy. They need full sun and reasonably well drained soil. They do flower but think tiny little flower on top of a 2 metre stick.

deliberate or not

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 13:07

It may be very innocent. One side of the garden may be more sheltered than the other (less wind burn), one side may be much drier and the other wetter etc etc. There is also a disease spread that affects conifers. Post a pic of the yellowing and we can advise.

Generally speaking anything spread like a herbicide will kill the plant root up and happen quickly.

Red currant shrub

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 11:14

I would move it now. Try and take as much root as possible. I always add in lots of feed into the planting hole to help it along. 

The Blackbirds seem to appreciate my Redcurrant fruits!

Back garden privacy

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 18:26

"We have thought about fencing just don't want to hurt her feelings really, it's such a shame but at the same time she should have thought about us."

That is the answer - a new fence.

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