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Imported seeds

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 15:06

The EU has very strict controls of what can be brought into the zone but from EU to the UK it's pretty much a free-for-all.  If we leave EU god only knows what would happen - I think we'd have to hugely expand the government Border Force and hire lots and lots of inspectors at ports and airports.

Few pathogens infect seeds so fewer restrictions apply.

Dividing perennial Lobelia

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 14:58

You can divide them in early spring or take cuttings in mid summer.  I consider early spring to be March, so you should just about be OK.  However, I'd try cuttings this year and divide next spring as the clump doesn't sound that large at the moment.

Arum maculatum advice

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 14:52

Dig them out (the stems will almost certainly break) until you find the small knobbly corms.  Replant the corms where you want them.  They will survive but may not appear until next year.  They will almost certainly still come up in your lawn again, but just keep pulling them up and mowing them and they'll eventually give up.  They are extremly shade tolerant.  The only thing they may not like is very dry soil so if that's the case in (2) then dig a deep hole, fill it with compost and plant into that.

community in box

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 14:28

Just click your name at top-right and look at 'My messages'.  The wording is misleading: This forum is 'the community' and 'in box' is your 'My messages'.

If you are using personal email addresses rather than the forum messaging system, the 'in box' will be the inbox of whatever email program you have installed on your computer or device.

Talkback: Growing chillies from seed

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 13:16

As much natural light as possible is the key now saadia.  They should be on a windowsill which gets the sun for most of the day.  They also need to be kept fairly warm but anything above 10C will be fine.  If the weather is sunny and warm, you can put them outside in the sun during the day and that will help them to become stronger.  Bring them in at night though.

Trees for exposed conditions, near house, on clay.

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 12:30

Birch was one of the first trees to appear after the last ice age and will grow in almost any conditions.  The canopy is also light so if the area is south-facing then it won't cast much shade in years to come.  As you mentioned moorland, the soil may be acidic and that would suit the Amelanchier which I would definitely recommend trying.

Who wants to see a Ring Necked Parakeet and a nosey Robin?

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 18:55

That doesn't work in this case Lyn.  The Facebook link copied from the address bar in a browser contains odd characters which screw things up.

Grafting different apple branches onto an apple tree.

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 23:10

Yes you can but it isn't easy and 'scion' grafts often fail.  Try bud grafting (aka chip budding) which is a lot easier but you will have to wait longer for new wood to develop to the fruiting stage.

Do a bit of googling for 'grafting apple trees' and there are also videos on youtube which should help.

Who wants to see a Ring Necked Parakeet and a nosey Robin?

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 22:09

Right-click the video on your facebook page and select 'show video URL' then copy and paste it.   Not exactly obvious!

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