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Can I move a foxglove now ?

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 11:02

They do have a tap root but I find it does not go deep until the flowering stalk emerges and so can be moved before that happens quite easily. I think that is where some people worry about moving Foxgloves.

Cats in the graden

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 16:49

Just put lots of sticks in the areas where they poop and dig. Simple as.

Can I move a foxglove now ?

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 09:19

They need some sun to grow well and will grow large in full sun with damp soil. I have moved them a good few times with success everytime - just do as the above.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 09:17
Edd wrote (see)

I could mention the bedroom tax and lack of one bedrooms properties but we would just fall out and argue.

Kind Regards


What is wrong with the 'spare bedroom tax'? It has been in operation in private rents for years and it brings publicly provided and subsidised housing into line. Try getting housing benefit for a 3 bedroom private let when you only need 2. There has been too much noise on this subject and little fact. 

Rhodo vs Azalea

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 17:29

I never knew that either but often wondered!

Crows and Magpies!!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 09:38

Smaller birds like to hide/sit on branches of near by trees/bushes, scout out the feeding area then eat. So providing planting like that will help. I find crows/magpies like open lawn areas then eat. So moving feeders towards bushes and higher up on branches would exclude them to an extent.

Talkback: Small trees for gardens

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:58

Amelanchier and Prunus Amanogawa get my vote for small gardens. Both do not steal light or get big.

Acer negunda is a large fast growing tree, certainly not a small garden tree. Pollarding is extreme pruning and I rarely see it done successfully as it tends to ruin the natural look of trees. Have you tried to thin the crown or lift the crown or even a general prune?

Unwanted visitor

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:53

Just put out lots of sticks where soil is bare as Steve has said above. Broken bamboo canes and the like work well. I really do not think that anything else works over time as smells flush away with the rain.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:04

Am guessing bare roots. Have you tried soaking them for an hour then placing in soil with bottom heat? They may look dead but may, may, be OK. It is prefereable if bare roots are kept with some moisture.

japanese style but new to it all help please

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 10:55

Here are some pictures I took of a Japanese style garden in Tallinn (Maakri/Tornimae). It is a similar size to your garden. Key is low growing


plants and careful use of landscaping. Note the use of different size stones to create a landscape of rivers and mountains.


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