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Talkback: Growing Russian vine

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 22:37

@Hilarymac3 - Russian Vine is not self clinging. It is not going to solve your problem with the blue fence as it is not evergreen. An evergreen Jasmine or Ivy would be better. Russian Vine is not the monster others have said: problems arrive when people are lazy and do not care for it and prune it back in winter and spring.

Summer bulbs

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 22:30

I agree, if you keep them in pots then that stops them totally drying out - you do not want that to happen either. A shed full of bulbs is a feast for mice - Freesia esp. I would keep Anemones out in the garden as theya re hardy.

Talkback: Slugs and snails and pussycat tails

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 22:06

Yes Copper tape does work. I have a new garden, so little bird life. Copper tape and Zinc troughs does seem to stop them. I also use pellets as it works. You can tell when you see all the slimy mess on the soil where they have died. I do not like killing them but I do spend hard earned money on plants for my pleasure, not their feast!

Mystery Plant - Help Needed

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 21:56

Get 2 stones, mash the Marestail between them then add herbicide. That is the way to kill it. It has a thick coating that normally stops all herbicides.

Problem Clay soil

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 16:12

Compost and grit is fine. If you have heavy clay then mix in bark chips as you need the large organic matter to loosen it up and add humus. Sand and clay makes a sort of cement in dry weather that is why I said avoid it! Parts of my garden have blue clay that is teribble to work with as it just sticks to everything and causes water to stop draining away, causing roots to rot.

Pruning large box shrubs

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 16:05

Now till end June is the optimal time to prune any buxux/box. You can see the new growth easily as it is a paler green so you avoid cutting the old wood.

Aquilegia

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 15:59

I found that the flower stalk grows longer the less sun the plant gets. So plant it at the back of a border and the stalk will grow that bit longer. I have same variety in my garden in different borders and it is compact at the front of sunny borders and lanky at the back.

Which Witch Hazel!

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 13:18

It grows really slowly and you can prune it. My parents garden had one that is less than 2 metres tall and is over 30 years old. 4 metres is max at 15 years in ideal conditions.

Problem Clay soil

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:44

The water means that the clay soil is compacted so you really do need to uncompact it before planting. Unless you are digging out the clay soil, you should never use a spade: always use a fork. Fork in bark and compost and leaf mulch and it will get better. I would not bother with sand as it adds nothing - try and keep off the soil when it is wet (yes I know that is not that possible but it does help)

T & M OFFER FOR MAY

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 18:45

If you are not fast you are last but I do have space in my garden, just not the ideal space for them. Plants die, you get bored of them and you share them. Nothing greedy in that.

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