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Latest posts by blairs

Anyone a winner?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:10

I one a seed store here many years ago. It is the only thing that I have ever won!

Roses - rooting

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 20:27

Now is the best time to root roses in water. You are right, a little bit of aspirin helps rooting. it should take about 2-3 weeks, so you need to replace the water every other day. You only need to have the bottom 2 inches in water.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 11:56

The smell of roses and Marigolds (bought from Woolworths), Busy-Lizzie flowers that we rooted in water, spider plants and digging in the garden. My parents garden was loamy soil that was like perfect compost, so as a youngster I could dig with just a plastic spade. Like all memories it was all sunshine and care free.

The house had a verandah so you could go outside in all weather and watch storms and rain without getting soaked...ah the smell of warm rain on warm stone outside.

When I got my garden it was a shock to have heavy clay and pests - I have no memory of slugs, Vine weevils, Spreading buttercups, Clover, or any plant or animal pests!

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 09:20

Yes edible and yes I would coppice it to above a bud on the main stem. If you still have the stick (it did look silly) then stick that in the ground as it may root.

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.

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