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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Should my honeysuckle look like this

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 13:01

Nut is usually right, SS!

Whatever it is, it would be hoiked-out sharpish if I found it in my garden - most wild trees grow far to big for urban gardens and the roots can be a devil with some of them sending suckers up even after the tree is cut down..

Should my honeysuckle look like this

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 12:43

I'd say it's a wild cherry or possibly a bird cherry - both wild trees which grow like crazy!


Nettle Fertiliser

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 12:07

The ash will get washed out by Winter rain so better used in the Spring.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 12:00

ogster, I successfully used 6-8 inch lengths, buried about 1/3rd into a 50/50 mix of sharp sand and multi-purpose potting compost.  To make sure you plant things the right way up, the general method is to cut the bottom straight across and then trim the top at an angle.  If you always do that, things can never get mixed-up.  I was also advised to leave the cuttings for a few hours before planting so that the cuts calloused over - I'm not sure whether that is strictly necessary but it worked for me.

Edit:, I just checked and this very site has advice:

Different from mine, so you might want to try both ways - looks as though you have plenty of source material to experiment with!

Professional gardening

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 11:52

Hi Thomas, have a look at the RHS advice on professional gardening qualifications:


Nettle Fertiliser

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 11:48

HyppyByker, yes, wood ash contains potash so is good for any fruiting/flowering shrubs but in moderation, so best mixed with compost as fidget suggests.  PS, don't use ash from wood which has had any kind of treatment such as pressure-treated timber etc.

Pear tree

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 11:43

296, I'm not sure what you mean by 'buds'.  Do you mean it blossoms but when the fruit begins to form it drops off?  If that's the case, there are a number of possibilities but it does take a few years before pears start cropping properly.  I would leave it to it's own devices now and just make sure it doesn't ever dry out.  After it blossoms next Spring, you can start feeding it with diluted liquid tomato feed once a fortnight, but don't be tempted to feed it at all until then as you will do more harm than good.


Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:44

I agree with waterbutts and would also suggest improving what you have.  Clay soil is usually very fertile just difficult to work with.  Digging-in as much organic matter as you can lay your hands on (eg mushroom compost) and adding grit will really help.

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:37

Hi Ian, now is an excellent time to re-pot them.  For permanent plantings like this, the best stuff to use is John Innes number 3.  I usually use 2/3rds JI #3 and 1/3rd JI#2 as that mix is a bit lighter making moving large containers/pots a bit easier.

Nettle Fertiliser

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 16:03

Nettle fertiliser is high in Nitrogen, so is good for leafy things, like brassicas, lettuce, sweetcorn etc.  Anything which fruits needs a bit more Potash - comfrey feed has a better nutrient balance for those.  You can of course use nettle feed on such veg, but dilute it more and add some potash (eg Sulphate of Potash at the recommended dilution) or you may get lots of leafy growth at the expense of fruit.

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