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Acer problems

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:01

The wind of earlier in the year when the young leaves were emerging did not help but I think a few of mine suffered the same fate as yours due to the heavy rain. It compacted the soil enough that it stayed wet for ages and caused root problems. I removed mine from their pots, loosened the soil, added a small amount of fertiliser and am hoping ther their reserve leaves emerge. I scratched the trunk and they are still green underneath - so do the same. Even if no new leaves come out this year I would wait to see if they emerge next, so keep watering and looking after them.


chickens and slug pellets

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 19:42

Mmm. I use pellets and they work great on stopping slugs eating my plants. From what I have read the side effects of birds and animals eating poisoned slugs is negligible-they would have to eat 10K slugs a day to get the same toxicity. But I would factor in what you do with the chickens. If it is eggs only then no worries, eating them then I would be more weary.

bolting onions

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:17

The only problem with bolted onions is that they do not store - they use all their energy to make flowers. One of the main reasons fro bolting is disturbed roots - moving them or too dry/wet. Leave them till the bulb is of useable size and you will not have lost out.

Planting out

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 12:56

Gunnera is a bog plant from South America, the heat is not going to affect it!

For trees, dig a hole 2 the diameter of the tree and just smaller than the height of the roots. Soak the planting hole with water and add some bonemeal and compost. Add the tree - you want the root ball to be slightly above the hole to stop it from drowning in heavy rain until the roots have grown.


Posted: 25/05/2012 at 14:25

Palaisglide advice is correct, though I need to ask, are they bare root plants planted this year? The leaves to root ratio are out of sync due to the roots being removed, so with that is another possible reason for poor looking leafs. Keep them well watered.

Rowan Tree

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 14:22

I have some Rowan trees. I have them as a boundary planting to screen neighbours. They grow thin and upright for the first 10 years then start to branch out and thicken. You can plant it anywhere as long as you prune it. They take a pruning and can be kept at a reasonable height for any garden. I mixed mine with Birch. Both give a dappled screening which is pleasant all year round.

What plants go well with Freesia?

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 20:18

They go well with Sparaxis - aka Harlequin flower. They are both the same shape, size, contrasting flowers and Sparaxis has no perfume, so does not detract from the wonderful Freesia perfume. Freesia in UK are best in full sun - esp if you want the perfume.

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!

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