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Just bought house with 2 acre woodland garden - Help!!!

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 09:58

I would not remove anything until you work out why it is there. For example doe sa tree or shrub provide a windbreak, soak up water or provide privacy.

Concentrating on paths sounds sensible. Being able to get through the garden without getting wet/mucky feet is a priority.

Creating several compost heaps to collate any removed plants and weeds would be a good start.

banana plant from seed!!!

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 21:19

Do you know what type of banana? Ensete are easier to germinate than other Musa.

First of all wash the seeds with hot water and a nail brush. They are covered with hormones that prohibit germination. Soak afterwards in warm water for 24 hours.

Easiest method is to get a ziplock sandwich bag, add the seeds, cover with compost and perlite, dampen soil and seal. Place on top of a heating boiler - you want the temperature difference of hot and cool. Failing that a hot water cupboard during the night and room temp during the day. After a few weeks/months, you should see them starting to germinate.

Angels Trumpets

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 21:15

If in a heated GH then they should be fine there and leaf up again now.

Angels Trumpets

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 20:56

Assuming Brugmansia, then they do need to be kept frost free. They can be stored in a pot, dry, in a dark place like a cellar/garage.

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 13:30

 Some pics of my Mahonia eurybracteata 'soft caress'

Vine weevils

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 09:03

I used Provado Vine Weevil killer together with going out and killing the adults over summer. How often did you apply the vine weevil killer? I was adding it every 2-3 weeks from spring. To date I have not found any further larvae. I would do as Verdun has said as Vine weevil larvae love those plants to death, literally.  No reason why you should not continue to use the vine weevil killer over winter on those and other susceptible plants.

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 17:42

I always thought Mahonia charity was very hardy Obelixx, but Belgium is much colder than most of the UK, unless you live up a mountain. Certainly does fine where I live. I have Mahonia soft caress, in fact 3 of them Verdun. Love the foliage and the feel of it. Like Coryline, some winter sun and a sheltered site then they are hardy. I'll post a pic if it helps?

Coarse Sand!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:19

Builders sand can contain a lot of salt and other things plants do not need, hence horticulture sand exists. I would buy cheap grit/chippings for drainage. If you have clay soil, adding sand can actually worsen drainage around roots.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:16

Mine grow in improved clay soil, so it is always damp. They need constant moistness and fresh bulbs if you are buying them. They do not need overly deep containers - the ones I have in a trough do fine in about 1ft of soil.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 12:42

What variety?

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