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Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:30

For Lavender you do not want to add any fertiliser, just add in lots of grit or perlite.

So I would weed, dig over the soil adding in grit and perlite then the Lavender. And that is it. You feed Lavender then they get leggy quickly. I would then top dress with a stone mulch to keep the soil warm and it is easy to pick out any weeds.

Begonias

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:26

The annual/fibrous ones tend to be sold cheaply in the likes of B&Q and Homebase, esp after a week of bad weather! You can get trays of them for a few quid if that. Tuberous ones are worth keeping and paying that extra for. Watch out for vine weevils grubs though - been a pest on mine this year.

Begonias

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 10:48

It says annual on the website

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-plants/begonia-plants/begonia-whopper/t47393TM

These ones are tuberous (you lift and keep the brown 'bulbs' and regrow each year)

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-bulbs/begonia-tubers

Putting paper in the compost

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 16:33

Shredded paper can be used in small quantities in compost, but cardboard is better. I do add shredded paper and greens into a trench pit and backfill.

Begonias

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 15:59

Tuberous Begonia you do keep and you will see something if they die back.

Sempervivans begonia are half hardy and treated like annuals as they normally look like crap after winter.

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 15:30

There is an outdoor adaptor that is designed for temporary garden electricity:

http://www.mysmartbuy.com/p-578-Eckman-12m-4-Socket-Outdoor-Weatherproof-Adaptor.html

You should check that you have an RDC to be safe.

Armoured cable doesn't always need to be buried. If it can be securely attached to a wall then that is fine for example - a wooden fence is not OK.

http://www.esc.org.uk/public/safety-in-the-home/garden-safety/

Tree ID

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:07
landgirl100 wrote (see)

You could flavour an awful lot of stews with a tree that size!

Not with Laurel! It is not Bay.

It is not the best placed on a shared border but if the neighbours find no fault then who is complaining?

No compost reviews at B&Q

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 20:16

Think I tried Verve a few years ago - have not raced to get more.

hedging distance

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:35

For Pyrus and the pleached look then 1 per metre.

azalea wind damage

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 08:46

I have rooted them from just putting the branch into the ground and leaving it. As long at the soil is moist then you have every chance of rooting it. People keep saying that Azalea and Rhoddies are difficult to root, but that is not my experience.

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