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4 TIER Compact growhouse.

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 20:20

If it is next to a south facing wall then by April it will pretty much be frost free, so I suggest summer seedlings or bedding.

Talkback: How to plant a tree fern

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 14:33

Is it in a pot or in the ground?

Talkback: How to plant a tree fern

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 12:45

More of these are killed by protecting than frost!

The crown needs to be kept damp at all times as that is the growing point. So saying that you protected it - has it been kept dry for months?

To check if it has life then feel the crown - you should feel the knuckles of new growth.

Remove all 'protection' unless temperatures are forecast below -4C.

The fronds (they are not leaves) are hardy to -3C and the crown less than that but protecting the crown with overhead cover/fleece during the worst of the weather will help.

Garden Idea Help

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 11:07

If you wanted privacy then why did you remove the conifer in the first place? It will take 10 years+ for you to get an real privacy back whatever you plant.

Living fence

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 17:33

Willows roots are an issue near houses and drains but the living fence, with its root competition, constant pruning and juvenilsation, means that the roots are not an issue. The Willow is never allowed to grow full size, hence the roots are much smaller.

When Should I be planting my seeds?

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 14:21

I plant Garlic in September for harvest the next year. I soak the bulbs for a few days (roots should sprout rapidly) then place directly into their planting spot. Frost cause the bulbs to split. No reason for them not to be planted now.

Chives (from bulbs/roots) can also be planted out now. Mine are coming up now (raised south facing bed).

Raised bed with clay soil

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:53


"decent sharp sand is full of grit. with very little sand."

Well just buy you said above, sand is not "big enough to break the clay particles up, they just combine and can make things worse" Hence there is no reason to ever add sand to clay soil.

Sand is also good at keeping water, so terrible in winter when around roots - you can build sand castle with damp sand because of this property.

Gravel and bark and compost is best thing to break down clay soil.

Raised bed with clay soil

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 19:23

Sand and clay = cement in summer and root rot in winter. Never add sharp sand to clay soil!

Fork in compost, bark, twigs and cardboard (ripped up) to loosen up the soil then add some top soil and manure. I would put Lavender at the front of the raised bed: you are supposed to add rocks at the front next to the wood to add in drainage.

lemon grass

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 09:48

Lemongrass is easy to grow from seed and will root in water from supermarket stalks. It is tropical and will not appreciate frosts - cold greenhouses can be as low as the outside temps, esp at night, so I would also say to keep it indoors. I heat my greenhouse and have lost a few tropical plants like Iresine and some Agave (attenuata) as they need temps above 5C and it fell to almost zero a few times.

Freesia - how to get them to be more than an annual

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 13:40

I have tried Freesia bulbs a few times, getting their lovely scent in summer, but they never regrow. If I dig them up now they are still in one piece, some with new growth, but I get no shoots and never any new flowers. Is there a knack with Freesia?

They are in pots, free draining and rich, pretty much frost free conditions and warmest part of garden, so I would have thought ideal conditions.  Different suppliers of Freesia, so not same bulbs.

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