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Indoor plant

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 12:10
Fleurisa wrote (see)

I've got a calathea from B&Q. Likes high humidity and partial shade

 

Not going to get high humidity in a normal UK house during winter, even in a bathroom.

Garlic planting

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 21:31

"2010 and 2011 resulted in soft, rotted cloves due to the prolonged freeze. What is the best planting schedule under these conditions?"

 

Freezing is what segments garlic. what rots them is crap drainage. I grow all manner of garlic in a raised bed and the ones that I planted in spring have sent up top growth but I am keeping them in the ground till late spring 2014 - they should be larger by then and useful.

I find home grown garlic milder and wetter than the supermarket ones - and all of mine are from supermarket grown garlic bulbs.

Help I made a weeping willow purchasing mistake, can it be potted??

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 21:37

A willow will fill a 50 litre pot in one summer and exhaist it in 2 IME.

Help I made a weeping willow purchasing mistake, can it be potted??

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 20:00

I admire your enthusiasm. I grow Brugmansia in pots and they need watering 3 times a day during sunny spells in summer, even now indoors they need a lot of water. TBH it is getting boring. A Weeping Willow just gets bigger each year and a pot is not going to work: I have seen a 1 metre wip grow into a 3 metre wide multi-stem 3 metre tall tree in 7 years. I honestly do not think that a pot will work. Is there land near you that you can guerilla garden?

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 19:55

My parents just mixed sand and varnish and apploied that after a clean...worked a treat!

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:56
nutcutlet wrote (see)
Welshonion wrote (see)

Anybody else think monkey puzzles are one of the ugliest trees?

 

yes i do welshonion, ghastly things and totally out of keeping with the English landscape.

I think that they add something. Native evergreen trees must number below 5 - Yew, Holly, Scots Pine? I usppose 400 years ago winter must have been a very brown place!

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:54

Chicken wire and that sticky tape with the sand like topping works.

Box Blight

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 10:26

Post a pic as Buxus has a number of problems. It might just be damage that caused dieback rather than Box Blight.

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 14:31

I would go for shrubs rather than trees. There are lots of beautiful shrubs out there, more so than trees. They tend not to have problem roots. Wirral is quite mild so you have a lot to choose from, I would go for shrubs that flower or are colored at different times of the year.

Talkback: How to protect tender plants over winter

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 17:00

You never put bubble wrap touching the plants themselves as that will rot the leaves.

For Musa basjoo, a hardy banana, all I do is wrap them with chicken wire, fill the straw and cover the top with plastic (not touching the plant itself)

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