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Posted: 28/04/2016 at 20:29

Hi there

I've always thought that hollyhocks need a lot of sun.  I've just transplanted mine into a bed because I couldn't keep up with watering them in containers.  They need lots of watering and feeding.  The bed will get sun for most of the day.  Lovely flowers, with such pretty colours.  

Liquid feed for a Hornbeam hedge

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 03:47

I had intended to feed my 2 year old Hornbeam hedge this spring with blood, fish & bone but I've realised that I can't access the bottom of the plants now because of other plants in front of it and new seeds sewn etc.  and a 1 metre fence behind it.  

Is liquid plant food ok as an alternative?  I could easily apply that from behind the hedge i.e. over fence.

Bloody dandelions

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 22:57

I use this and have found it very effective and it's enjoyable to use:-




Posted: 26/03/2016 at 20:53

, except I'm a female lol.  That's made me giggle, lots.


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 19:32

Flipping right it distresses me.  Who wants yellow buttercup things in between proper plants???!!!  Nightmare.  


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 18:54

Nutcutlet, yes I can find out what was growing in it and I think I'll also ask how deep he's been digging.  


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 18:52

I'm still trying to get read of those awful celandines in my garden.  They're worse than wild garlic, which I've managed to almost eradicate so I definitely do NOT want more celandines.  

Ok, I had anticipated leaving the levelled out top soil for about 3 weeks to see if any weeds came up but maybe I better leave it for longer.  Then I'll get my favourite weed killer out and kill it all.  (Not that I'm aggressive type you understand ).  

K9, that's an interesting suggestion.  Can you elaborate further please?  Does the jeyes sterilise the soil or something like that?


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 16:57

Verdun, I'm almost certain they are the Sunny Collection going from the colours that I have.  They grow really big in the summer and spread out over onto the path next to them and flower from late spring right through to the first frosts.  I definitely bought them as perennials.


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 16:34

I've been offered topsoil for free, which isn't unusual on the Isle of Man.  It's only really the big building firms who are clearing fields to build housing estates who charge.  The man very kindly brought me a bag so that I could check it and on first sight, I thought it looked good soil.  It's a dark colour and quite fine, almost the colour of compost that I buy in bags.  However, since then my brain has kicked into gear and I'm wondering if it's dark because it's undersoil and therefore lacking in light and nutrients.  I need the topsoil to put new turf on and also to grow all sorts of flowers in a raised bed so it's got to be good.  I haven't any means of testing it though.

Is there anything obvious I can check?   


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:44

I've got 4 out of 5 that I bought about 3 years ago as very small plug plants.  I cut them down to about 3" in around February/March and give them a mulch, especially if it's frosty.  

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Liquid feed for a Hornbeam hedge

Difficult to reach 
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Is it possible to tell quality without testing it? 
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Any problems with it settling? 
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Plant containers

No holes! 
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What is best? 
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How long do they flower for? 
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Will it grow ok as a hedge? 
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Treat like begonias 
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Rose looks a mess 
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Are they perennial or not? 
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Mini digger or just an axe? 
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Thinning out dianthus

Can I do it now? 
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Habranthus robusta

Any particular difficulties? 
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