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Helenium

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 09:20

I grow Helianthus tuberosa. I have 3 metre tall plants at the moment, each with several heads of yellow flowers, albeit small heads in proportion. You can eat the tuber as it is Jerusalem artichoke. You can buy a load of them for less than £1.

Can't identify plants in garden!

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:22

Rudbeckia 'autumn colours' as said above. lovely plant.

Blueberry bush lost all its leaves

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 12:18

Agree with Verdun. I think it more likely too dry soil.

 

Growing with Coir

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 10:55

Yes you can cut it with a hack saw or sharp knife. You just stick it in a bucket and add water until it looks like soil.

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.

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