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Watering the garden your thoughts...

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:51

1 Medium

2 Several water butts, from house, shed and greenhouse

3 g when ever possible, but sometimes an outside tap for cans too.

4 Can't imagine doing so unless completely out of other water, when woud only water urgent things, baskets for example

5  1 - 6 inclusive

Watering the garden your thoughts...

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:48

Jess, grey water is bath water, washing up water etc., it can be collected, stood to clear and then used on the garden.  Don't keep it in big containers as it goes yucky then.  Don't use if you are a big fan of scented and oily bath products.  It is fine for just about anywhere, and has saved many a garden in hosepipe ban & drought conditions - which are hard to imagine after last year but will doubtless appear at some point. 

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:44

None of my 65 - 70 hostas are showing yet, but they will - in fact I do hope they will wait a day or two as I hope to clean and redress their pots this weekend!!

Dead seedlings

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:43

I have used peat free compost for several years now, and the only thing that I would say is that you have to be very careful about watering, it does not quite soak as the old composts did - but with care it works perfectly well, unless you get a batch that is contaminated with bad rubbish.  We have found wire, bits of rubber, brick bits and all sorts in it, so it does need sieving for seeds and baby plants.  I mix it with a good loam compost for special seeds or young plants, when it is fine. 

Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:40
One of the most useful things for catching and killing lily beetles is an old tea strainer - preferably not the one you use for your earl grey! Keep it in your pocket and catch the beetles in it before they hit the ground and are never seen again. Carry them to hard standing and JUMP on them as hard as you can!! This needs doing daily, or even twice a day in season, and really does help, besides being very satisfactory when you kill them. I grow literally hundreds of lilies, both in pots and in the ground and only vigilance works. If you want to use chemicals, provado works for a season, but the larvae will come back the next year - I'm afraid we are stuck with them until the birds or something like that recognises them as prey- unlikely with that red coloration.

Hypericum Magical Red Star Pruning?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:21

Hypericums on the whole react well to cutting down to ground level, but I have never had this one.  They were a weed in our garden when we arrived here some 17 years ago, and we still have the occasional outbreak!  I'd certainly cut them back hard now if I were you.  I do have a very small one in an alpine bed, grows to about 12 inches, and that gets cut back around now too. 

Sycamore invasion

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:18

We have a well beloved red sycamore and indeed it seeds everywhere.  Pull out seedlings from flower beds, mow them down on grass - try to keep on top of them beause if they make it t a second or third year the roots are very hard to dig out.  If yours are not new seedlings, then I am afraid it is down to hard work and ersistence.  They will seed every year, but if caught around now are easy enough to control. 

planting mirabilis jalapa tubers

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:16

I have grown them in the past in a large pot  (but then, I grow nearly everything n pots so that doesn't say much really!), I used a mixture of JI2 and general purpose compost, gave them a reasonaby sheltered spot, they do come from the tropics, and they flowered fine for me.  If you did chose to do them in a pot, you may be able to keep them over for a second year, but I did not take mine inside so they did not survive.  Lots of very pretty papery petalled flowers, varied colours - nice. 

willow

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 17:28

Willow cuttings root incredibly easily.  I give our contorted willow a hard hair cut around now each year, and put some of the shoots in water in a vase to loook nice for a couple of weeks, and they invariably root.  I have also dumped some in a trug full of rain water and they have always rooted well too.  Go for it, they will do well.

Planting aubretia in cracks in sleepers

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 17:24

One thing I would watch out for,  is there any creosote or tar leaking from the sleepers in hot weather (that is, if you can remember hot weather!)?  We have some sleepers making raised beds here, and some  do leak quite alot of tar when the weather allows - small plants like aubretia don't much like it - can't blame them really.  If your sleeper do not have tar, then - as the other people say - they should do well.

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