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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Help finding wall bracket/ hook

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:36

Thinking outside the box, how about using an 'F-clamp' or bar clamp:

Mount upside-down on top of the wall and hang the basket from the overhanging end of the bar (you would need to drill a hole to take the hook from the basket chains.)  They come in a range of lengths so you can get the overhang length right.




Dwarf Apple Trees

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:04

Don't let them fruit in the first year Paul.  They need to develop a good root system before you let them produce apples.  All you need to do for now is keep them watered and occasionally feed them.  In the winter you will need to prune them to make sure that they develop a good shape - see the RHS advice here:




Posted: 31/05/2015 at 14:55

Note that there is a difference between tree peonies and hebaceous peonies (which die back completely to the ground in winter.)  It is actually recommended to plant tree peonies a little deeper than the pot they came in, so that the grafted plant on top can make it's own roots.  It is only hebaceous peonies where you need to make sure they are not too deeply planted.

Epsom salt

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 12:21
Tootles wrote (see)

What is chlorosis please?

Chlorosis is a general term to mean yellowing of leaves - it basically means lack of chorophyll which is what makes leaves look green.  Epsom salts will help in those cases where the problem is lack of Magnesium in the growing medium, but there are a lot of possible causes for yellowing leaves so it is far from a universal panacea but is cheap so well worth trying first.

what have I dug up?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 21:02

Definitely nothing to worry about as already said.  I think they are the actual fruiting bodies forming under the ground and which would have later broken the surface as the more familiar 'mushroom' or 'toadstool' we usually see.  It's just that we don't often see them at the stage you happened to dig them up.

burnt lawn

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 16:45

Give it a good raking over then sow and water and I think you'll be fine.  

Tomato plants

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 11:08

Missed the fact that you are also going away!  I'd agree with bookertoo's advice, or palm them off to a 3rd party for a few days?

burnt lawn

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 11:04

It depends on what was burnt on the bonfire.  If any of the wood was treated or painted there may be toxins in the ash and I would advise removing the ash before the rain washes those toxins into the soil then raking and seeding.  If the grass seed fails to germinate, you would need to remove and replace a few inches of soil in the area. 


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 10:56

If you planted in the ground, do you have acid soil in your garden?  That is a requirement for rhodo's.  If you haven't, you might be able to rescue it if you lift it and plant in a large pot of ericaceous compost.

Tomato plants

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 10:53

As you are up north, the safest way until she gets back is to put them outside during the day and bring them back into your conservatory each night.

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