Latest posts by Bookertoo

Clematis armandii - what is the problem?

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:01

I believe that Armandii doesn't get clematis wilt, only the big summer hybrids - this really does look like wind damage to me, plus amybe a bit more watering than is strictly needful?  My apples looked a bit like this on Sunday, but have picked up with rain and no wind - see what happens. 

Fertiliser types

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:00

Growmore is not an organic product, it is made of chemicals in a factory - nothing wrong with that, but that is why it smells of nothing.  One of the best general fertilisers is pelleted organic chicken manure, my whole garden, pots, hedges and everything else, gets a dose of that around now - often earlier, but everything was so late this year.  I use liquid seaweed diluted in a watering can for top ups if needed, and specialist fertiliser for the clematis ans they are such greedy beasts.  If your soil is reasonable you shouldn't need much more.  Sometimes if it has rained a huge amount and nutrients, in  pots especially, are getting leached out, a foliar feed with the seaweed liquid does well.  Ericaceous plants sometimes need a jolt of iron feed if they are not in ericaceous soild, either as a feed or a dollop of compost around them that the worms and so will pull into their roots.   Baskets and summer bedding appreciates a liquid feed as their plants have to do a great deal of growing and flowering in a very small space in a short time. 

metal plant supports

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:53

I've got a couple of those large hooks intended for bikes, and find they hlod all the metal supports very well all winter, and I can get them out when I need them - that is high over the window in my shed - not high in that they are hard to reach, but over the window - if you can make sense of that, have a buscuit as a reward!!

ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:50

Yes, I had a small patch of that, and now it is every where.  A few patches I don't mind, it is actually rather pretty - but in the wuantities it is trying to grow now?  Oh dear!!  Oh well, yet another one to contend with ....... 

hello from 'the newbe'

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:48

Hello, many (though by no means all )  of us here are getting somewhat older, but there is no such thing as a maintenance free garden.  It is keeping it going and loving the acts of gardening that keep us active and joyful.  Of course, there are easier ways to do things than there were 20 or - well, a great deal - of years ago - but maintenance free?  No, most of us would not want that anyway.  You will need to weed, to prune, to trim, and mostly just to love and enjoy your garden to keep it, and you, happy.  

Tomato Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:45

Yes, that's what LG said, when it has nearly got as high as you want it to be, then pinch out the top shoot.  It will need to be a good bit taller than it is now if it is to have room to produce fruits.  Don't forget to nip out the little side shoots that appear in the axles of the main leaves too, you just want the main stems where the flowers are forming.  It needs feeding and watering regularly when the first set of tiny fruits has formed ( you will se reference to 'when the first truss has set'  - that  is what that means),  don't let it get dry, and keep the watering as steady as possible, rather then let it dry out then water - that is good or many plants but not tomatoes.  

korean fir tree

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:40

Good, clean, sharp secatuers and patience.  There are good web sites and books about pruning such trees, though as you say, it will take many years to get very large. 

usa or uk

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:39

this is a UK site, we welcome people from all over the globe - but if you ask questions you will need to give information as to where you are and what the weather etc., is like at this time of year where you are - sping adivice is no good to you in the autumn!!  Anyway, welcome, wherever you are. 

The best dicentra is........?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:07

I have a deep red one with ferny leaves, lovely, typical flowers but different leaves - also a white one that runs gently under an old arch. 

Advice about lawnmowers

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:03

There are many lightweight electric mowers which should deal with your grass, the only thing with them is you have to be careful with the cable, not to run over it!  Petrol mowers are not suitable for those of us getting along in our gardening life, too heavy and noisy.  Battery mowers may well not be enough for the larger area you mention.  electric mowers are safe, as long as you use a device that cuts off the power as soon as there is a porblem with the cable.  I have used one for several years now with no ill effects, and a reasonably tidy grassy area.  No stripes I am afraind, but that was not a priority for me anyway.  I would suggest one with the grass box behind the cutters, as those with the box in front stop you getting to the edges of the grass.   Get the shop to let you feel the weight of the machine before you commit to which one you want.  Maybe take a friend shopping with you - it sometimes helps to have a second set of eyes to look at the choices. 

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