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Restricting growth........

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:43
Bagz wrote (see)
'taking out the leader' ? Would this be the main vertical branch growing up through the centre?

Yes, if you see a few buds then cut above those to be the main horizontal branches. That should give you a nice shape. Also put the cut off leader and place in some compost, it may root.

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:42

Alliums do fine in tubs.


Restricting growth........

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 23:02

Acers grow slowly. You can certainly prune it to prevent it getting too tall.10 metres is its maximal possible height, I would say 6-8 foot is the height you want to keep it at and taking out the leader will give it more shape.

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 22:56
Sinevegas wrote (see)

I have planted alliums/daffs/tulips. I just noticed tiny little green shoots appearing, is this because i shouldn't have planted the tulips yet?

The cheap bulbs i bought didn't really have instructions on them, just heights and colours.


You can mound earth up around the growth during colder weather. Tulips tend to come up blind if appearing now in my experience.

Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 21:42

If it is just leaf spot disease then keep the tree. Spray it with sulpher and that should help. Hopefully next year will be less wet!

Reusing clay soil to raise patio level?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 16:54

I have clay soil and laid my patio on it. Use a thick layer of builder sand (3 inches) and that stops subsidence. I would level out the patio with the clay, level it and comact it down, remembering to allow for the sand and slab/stones. It is easier to level with sand remember.


Posted: 17/10/2012 at 16:49

Milk works the same, the slugs crawl in as they are attracted to the sweetness and are drowned. Cheaper than alcohol!


Posted: 17/10/2012 at 16:45

How cold does it get in your greenhouse? Some bulbs need cold weather as part of their growth. They also will need watering over winter. I would keep the pot outdoors apart from the most severe of weather. You actually do not want bulbs to grow over winter as they will be long and lanky with the poor sun light hours and may grow up blind. Better smaller and stronger than longer and prone to falling over.

New Garden, need help to design

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 19:31

I agree with the above. I would plan a courtyard garden with lots of structural and architectural plants and adding colour with annuals. It looks way too shaded for veg from the photos. You need full sun for that TBH.

Laurel hedge

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 15:12

Yellowing is a sign of stress and on Laurel is is normally either mineral deficiency or over or under watering or a mix (over watering causes minerals to wash away). I would add a good feed around the plant - use liquid and pellet versions. If it is getting water logged then you need to fork around the area to imporve drainage.

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