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Plant ID please

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:16

^^^that is what I though - lambs tongue.

Trees too close to the house

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 15:57
Andrew Ridsdale wrote (see)

thanks for your comments. 

i will buy a large pot - ant ideas on size?

what about the fruit trees?


thank you

For grandiflora I would not over pot - so go up a pot size when it needs it.

Gunnera Manicata

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 14:54

It will not provide any screening from the first frosts till spring but yes it is something that I grow and the huge jungle leaves provide childish delight. Easy to look after - next to a pond is perfect. Crown needs to be dry in winter but cutting off a few leaves to cover it is all you need to do.

New member seeks re-turfing advice.

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 12:48

Agree with Edd - it actually is not that bad. I have clay under my lawn and it is hard as nails most of the year. I fork over my lawn to aerate it, add in sand to the holes. Later I cut the crass and seed any patches. By end of summer your lawn should be fine Kenny999.

conflicting answers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 10:58

My large Agave Americana variegata immediately burst the 2 neighbours balls that came over the fence last summer. No more balls have come over.

I also have a large driveway (shared) that a lot of other neighbours use to turn. Very annoying, esp in winter as the headlights can blare in even from a distance.

Rowan Tree Die Back

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:13

It may be root die back. Rowan have shallow roots and on heavy soil they suffer from dry summers and wet winters. Given this winters very heavy rains it sounds like the roots may have rotted and tat has caused extremities of branches to dieback.

Egg Shells

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 09:21
iGrow wrote (see)
StillLearning - it sounds like you had leopard slugs which I have been told actually assist in the composting process. I often find them in my compost bins and just leave them but they are the only slugs that get preferential treatment.


Jigsaw Gill wrote (see)

I find coffee grinds round plants works really well, but also collect in bucket of salted water, but towards end of last summer slugs were actually climbing out of quite strongly salted water!  Scary stuff- just how much salt is needed?

I believe it is the caffeine in coffee that deters slugs though it may also be the smell as they home in in tasty leaves by scent receptors.

You do need quite a lot of salt - it should dissolve them quickly, not allow them to climb out.

Egg Shells

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:37

I think you are totally wasting your time with Egg shells. As soon as the shells, however ground up they are, get wet then Slugs just glide over it. Tried, been there and never again.

You are better to try small grit and sand as I have found Slugs do not like going over that...unless the plant gets with reach and they use that to climb over to the plant.

In summer I go out at night to pick up slugs - put salt in the water in a bucket and the slugs die quickly. I avoid using blue pellets but sometimes it is the only thing to cull the population.

Planting Lupin seeds

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 14:19

@Dreamsofspring - you can germinate them now, as long as the GH does not fall below 0C they will be fine.

Trees too close to the house

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 11:50

That is Magnolia grandifolia. I would not plant that next to a house but would keep it in a large pot next to a south facing wall.

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