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Latest posts by blairs

Lichen branches.

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:20

There must be woodland near you with lichen covered twigs? It is a sign on clean healthy air.

Growing with Coir

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 17:34

I have used Coir for Palms and other plants that need moist but free draining soil. It dries out quickly and allows root growth. I used it more for 'baggie method' seed germination and it worked well. Biggest problem is finding it in the UK at a decent price.

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' problems

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 15:11

Pull the stem - are the rootsfine? I am thinking vine weevil grubs.

Plastic boxes to overwinter?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 22:12

Light frosts then a fleece is all you need and must be cheaper than a box? Any stronger frost then at least all the foliage will die back/stem turns to mush. All depends also if it gets winter sun or not, next to a warmish wall, sheltered spot.

The other method for overwintering Pelagoriums is to strip most of the foliage off, most of the soil and hang them dry in a frost free dark place and bring them out in early spring...it does work but they look very sorry for themselves for the first month.

Christmas tree

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 11:08

The sheds (B&Q, Homebase etc) will have them from late November.

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 11:06

The answer is to improve the soil. Add in lots of manure, bark and compost to improve the structure. Do not walk on beds when you have done so. Over time it will be lighter.

Why do you need to use a spade so much? I only use forks (garden and hand) on my clay loam soil as I have lost so any spades at the beginning. My cheap as anything fork has lasted. I rarely need to dig anything up now and rarely use a spade.

Soil Liquefaction?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 12:12

When you walk on it can you see water come up or when you dug into it?

Soil Liquefaction?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 11:37

If it is a new build then they normally come with a 10 year warranty on builder defects. if you soil is liquid then it sounds like a lot of water is getting in but then draining enough to not flood out...leaking pipe? Your builder should carry out tests and meet all costs. If it is not a leaking pipe then you may need a french drain.

container plants prematurely dying

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:28

I could never get window boxes right. I tried the formal evergreen in middle with smaller annuals at each side. The symmetry is pleasing but over time boring. Trailing plants work well but in summer greenfly seem to feast and lurk too well and you can get too much growth. Then the continual watering that is required. I bought a much deeper zinc trough and it can still get dry but no where near as bad. I have plants that like dry conditions in my troughs/window boxes now.

container plants prematurely dying

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 08:41

The window box looks too shallow and small and will thus dry out too quickly. I would invest in a much larger window box.

The hanging basket is also in the way!

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