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Posted: 01/10/2014 at 22:33

Hi Rosemummy, I hate autocorrect on any type of computer or phone and always turn it off!  Here's how to do it on an iPad:

To turn auto correct off:

1. Navigate to Settings - General - Keyboard

2. Touch Auto-Correction - OFF

banana has produced seed pod what now

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 22:02
blairs wrote (see)

They tend to pup after flowering. You can try growing from seed but as the are readily available as plants I cant think of anyone having done so. The flowers can last 2 years depending on frost or lack of!

Count me as one who has failed to grow from seed.  I've tried several times using various techniques but have never managed to get even one seed to germinate.  I bought mixed (ornamental) banana seed from different suppliers to give me the best chance..

Wisteria pruning question

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:55

Give it the 'Summer prune' now, it can only help.  There is still a bit of growing time left given the current weather and doing this may well help to produce a few extra flower buds.

Recommendations for a 9ft high living, thin, hedge near a house

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 20:03

Personally, I'd go with artjak's suggestion and add trellis to the top of the fence and grow clematis and/or other climbers up it.  That would probably be the quickest 'fix'.

Sickly looking sedum

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 19:56

I think all you can do is give it some tlc.  Once the flowers have gone over, cut the flower stems back to save it wasting energy making seeds (which might finish it off.)  In the Spring, I would consider moving it to a different part of the garden just in case it doesn't like the soil where it is currently planted.  They don't really like a very rich soil so adding farm yard manure is unlikely to help.

Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:32

I agree, looks like Spiraea douglasii.

English Bluebells

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 19:47

It's fine to plant bulbs or seeds as they won't somehow transform into Spanish ones, but any seeds produced after they flower will likely be crosses.  So, after they have flowered simply cut off the dying flowers before the seed pods form.  Once you have dug-up all of the Spanish ones you can let the English ones self-seed to increase but be aware that if nearby (or even quite far away - bees fly a looooong way) gardens have Spanish bluebells there is still a good chance that any seeds produced may be crosses.  The bulbs will naturally divide anyway so to be sure of retaining only English bluebells, never let them form seeds.

unknown plant 2nd attempt

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 21:52

 It may be Lemon balm if you rub a leaf and it smells of lemon.


Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:25

Snap Dove and I agree, it is hard work!

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:20

You need to stand on the bottom bar and use your weight to get the tines to go in as far as possible - at least 4 inches.  If you aren't heavy enough or the lawn is really dry and/or compacted, you could either wait until the lawn gets softer after a decent amount of rain or ask someone a bit heavier to help you out!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Thieving rodents 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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