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Posted: 14/12/2013 at 11:48

Definitely do as chicky says, Red Dahlia.  Don't re-pot them until they are almost climbing out on their own!   Keeping them in pots/tubs also means you won't get them bullying other things in your borders!

Christmas tree shaping

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 11:20

Hi Vicky,  There's not really much you can do as that's how fir trees grow.  They don't put out new branches from the main trunk except at the growing point (ie the top.)


Posted: 14/12/2013 at 11:15

I echo Verdun's advice about not over-potting.  They flower quicker when restricted. 

Mine were grown from seed (Headbourne hybrids), were potted-on to slightly larger pots each year and flowered in year 3.  They lose all of their leaves in winter as do most other varieties.  Even 'evergreen' varieties will lose them in an extended spell of hard frost.  I must say I'm going to remove most of mine from the borders as the roots of Headbourne types become very thuggish (thick as a pencil and spread about 3 times are far underground as the visible parts on top.  There's a 'dead zone' around them all now which only the (even more thuggish) Montbretia will grow in.  I'll get some of the daintier varieties instead I think.


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 23:43

Clarington, water with a few drops of detergent or soap coats the insects with a layer of water and starves them of air long enough to kill them.  It drowns them in other words.  Simple and effective.  Heavy rain does the same thing which is why aphids tend to prefer feeding on the underneath of leaves, so I always try and spray from below.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 23:26

Val, just checking that you are fixing it to the inside, yes?   If an aluminium greenhouse, use these clips to hold the bubble-warp to the slots in the frame:

you just push them through the bubble-wrap and twist to lock into the slots in the aluminium frame.


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 20:01

Hi all, had a nice result while re-insulating my loft over the last couple of days.  What's this got to do with gardening you may ask?  Well, when I lifted the tired old insulation, underneath was a one inch layer of vermiculite granules.  So, out with the leaf blower set to suck and now have two very large black sacks full of free vermiculite.

However, got home today to see a letter from EON.  Thanks to this governments ineptitude in 'simplifying' electricity tariffs, my "economy" 10 rate has gone up nearly 18%!  Thanks for much, much less than nothing..


Posted: 09/12/2013 at 18:15

Nice one, punkdoc.  Where I've been today would probably have driven you round the bend - stuck up in a dark loft improving the insulation!   I also found out where all of the houseflies live over the winter..

Quickest growing fruit tree?

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 17:59

What are the maximum and minimum heights and at what height do you want the foliage to begin, Matt?

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 17:49

In that case I would compost them.  The plants I bought from Woottens earlier in the year were packed with those and I added them to one of my compost bins, watered it and they disappeared very quickly - that compost has since been used and was lovely stuff.

Advice on small plant for our bathroom please?

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 21:42

I find cyclamen persicum do ok on my bathroom windowsill.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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ID trumpet flower

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Flower ID

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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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