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What's this fatty?

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 14:58

Provado Vine Weevil Killer is the way to go. Kill all the grubs you find, pour boiling water of the rest and then use Provado. I would also clean the tubers with running water to make sure you get the egss (too small to see) as per above. They really are a pest. Not nice to find a loved plant munched to death at the roots.

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 14:53

I just use a rake and a bag. Those vacum's take more time to get out of the shed/garage and plug in. It is then taking up a lot of space for the other 365 days of the year. I honestly think they are a waste of money given how little you use them and that you already own enough garden equipment to do the job.

can you make a free hedge?

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 12:50

Rowan is easy from seed. In 4 years all of  mine are over 8ft and thickening out now. Unless you buy an instant hedge then patience is the virtue. If trying for a thick screen hedge then pack the trees in a triangle shape as that gives a thicker appearance.

Box is easy to propagate but slow to grow. You will be dead before it reaches 6ft though!

Frost protection!

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 23:22
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I did an experiment one year with half plants against the house and half in the cold GH. Those outside the house did better

I second that.

A cold GH can be colder than outside, and for longer, in winter. I find the biggest killer in GH's is moulds causing dieback/death, esp with seedlings.

can you make a free hedge?

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 21:21

Hazel, Willow and Forsythia are simple as - just put them in the ground and they root - would be suprised at less than 50% success rate.

Plant ID

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 19:48

I had to google Impatiens niamnianensis. Not the best time of year to have impatians seedlings but am sure it will get through the winter inside.

Plant ID

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 21:43

There is a false bird of paradise plant called Heliconia rostrata 'Parrot's Beak '/ lobster claw plant. Which fits in the the names.

However, Heliconia tend to have long thin leaves and the picture above is not clear, so am assuming the pic is of a juvenile Heliconia leaves and flower.

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:01

Gosh, that is high. I had to ask if you got the height wrong!

I would go for an evergreen hedge or a tall thin pleached hedge of Hornbeam (they can be kept 30cm thick). That allows you to keep a border.

Small tree suggestions for small Coastal back garden.

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:41

Sea Buckthorn grows like mad round here and is a good screening shrub/tree. You can eat the berries, if you really wanted to.

The other usuals are cotoneaster, guelder rose, and Phormiums.

Fatsia (the bog standard one) does really well if you can shelter from the worst of winds. The various varities of Fatsia will also do well in sheltered spots.

Which tool to break soil the best

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:22

I use a fork (dtich the spade on heavy clay - I have lost 4) to break up the soil. A pick axe is also good where needed and then I add materials.

Compost and manure will help as Clueless has said. The frosts do shatter clay. I also add in lots of perlite, bark chippings and grit. Forget sand as that and clay can make concrete in summer! It does improve.

I also tried trenching in scraps of food and garden waste, that attracts worms and they do a lot of backbreaking work for you for that waste!


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