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Dead or alive?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:14



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Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:07

I agree with the above.  Use garden soil in the pots if you can, otherwise a John Innes No 3.  Avoid using multi-purpose compost as it will be too light and the sprouts will likely 'blow'.

What plant is growing in my garden?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 18:58

That's the Choisya.  Judging from the colour, possibly Choisya ternata 'Sundance'.


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 18:55

Yep, a hypericum and very likely the wild one nut said.

Clematis ID please

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 19:18

I think Sikorski too, but another possibility is Elsa Spath:


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 18:46

Nematodes are microscopic worms which you water on the soil and are completely safe.  In fact, there are nematodes in your soil anyway, but 'Nemaslug' (the one to google for) just adds lots more which will kill any slugs in the area where you water it in.  It doesn't kill snails though, so best go out with a torch at night to see whether it is slugs or snails (or both if you are unlucky!)

Do be aware that other things may be to blame though, including squirrels, birds (esp. pigeons) and rodents.

Talkback: How to plant dahlia tubers

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:15

Hi Allison, best to[ leave it where it is - lifting now won't help it at all.  Watch for slugs and snails though - if it does start growing they will eat the shoots overnight (and may already be doing that!)  Separated dahlia tubers won't produce shoots - those only appear from close to the base of the old stem in the centre.

growth on twisted hazel

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:55

Those sound like scale insects, specifically one called 'brown scale':

I have been squidging those off of my Japanese plum tree.

Id please :)

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 12:51

They can take any amount of pruning and even be cut back to near the ground and will grow again. 

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