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Posted: 10/04/2016 at 10:36

Hi Lantana, you need something substantial with loam (soil) in for permanent plantings of trees in pots.  Multi-purpose compost is far from ideal.  By far the best is a John Innes No. 3 mixed with about 20% ericaceous to make it slightly acid which Japanese acers prefer.  You could use 50% garden soil, 30% MPC and 20% ericaceous instead.

Advice re: building a wire trellis for wisteria

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 17:41

Carol, at that size it is effectively a tree so why not use tree ties?  These are designed to be semi-flexible to allow for growth and could be fixed to the wall using large rawlplugs and good screws or even rawlbolts (aka 'anchor bolts') which are as permanent a fixture into brickwork as it is possible to get.

bare root shrubs

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 14:15

Keenbutgreen, just to report that all of my bare-root shrubs from the pack are now showing signs of life apart from the Deutzia which I think is dead - bark peeling off right to the base.  I thought the Weigela was also dead but spotted new shoots coming up from below soil level this morning.   How are yours looking?

Will rust harm my goldfish....

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 12:34

I know other metals are really bad, particularly copper.  To be safe, you could remove it, let it dry and then paint it with a pond-safe paint such as P1:

Painting it black will also make it virtually invisible when it is under the surface.

Will rust harm my goldfish....

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 11:48

Iron oxide (rust) is chemically inert so unlikely to have any effect although I have no direct experience of having rust in fish ponds.  Hope that gives you some reassurance Tetley.

Moving bulbs

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 11:46

If the bulbs still have leaves on them (likely at this time of the year) then I would pot them up otherwise the leaves will die and, while they will may well survive, they are unlikely to flower next year as the leaves are now feeding the bulbs for future flowers.


Posted: 07/04/2016 at 19:11

Wickes own brand compost is excellent this year.  It always was good but they changed the formula a couple of years ago which got some bad reviews but it's lovely black crumbly stuff again this year. No rubbish found in the 3 bags I've used so far. 


Posted: 06/04/2016 at 23:03

I'd hazard a guess at a member of the ground beetle (Carabidae) family, due to the forked tail.

Help Identify These Plants Please!

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 20:00

Ooh, I think you're onto something there Dove!

Here are some too:


Help Identify These Plants Please!

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 19:44

Very odd looking things aren't they!  The only thing they remind me of is some sort of giant Iris because of their form.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

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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