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Care of lily bulbs over winter

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:48

Thanks for that,  you're right I have lifted them ... I usually don't.

Do you have trouble with Lily Beetles ... the only way of getting rid of them (apart from manual) seems to be Provado ... although I hate using the stuff !



Care of lily bulbs over winter

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:05

I have several lily bulbs which I'm trying to keep over winter ... what is the best way to do this ?

Some of the bulbs look like baby ones from larger bulbs ... can I keep them in an unheated shed ?    Should I bury them in earth /


Any help would be appreciated



Use of a Propagator

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 13:11

I have an electric propagator and have taken cuttings of penstemmon, pinks and clematis.  They have been in the propagator for 2 weeks.   I have misted inside the propagator,  but am concerned that it is too damp ... can anybody give me any tips about how damp it should be inside it ?





Slugs and Roofing Felt

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:46

I have a few frogs and also a few leopard slugs (which eat other slugs).   I wish I had slow worms, but if I'm lucky they may go into my compost heaps !

I don't like the idea of tar products so I may abandon this idea !

Thanks for all your help.

Slugs and Roofing Felt

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:22

I run an organic garden quite successfully except for a slug problem.

Last year I heard about a technique involving putting roofing felt around each susceptible plant. The theory is that the slugs hate the roughness of the felt and its smell !

Has anybody heard of this method ?  and if so, how successful was it ?


Hothouse plant - help

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 12:16

I have an evergreen plant from Spain called 'Diplodenia'.  It has flowered outside for 7 months and now that its colder,  I've had to bring it inside - the room is heated and therefore fairly dry.

The plant has been inside for about a month and now the leaves have lost their glosssiness and many are turning yellow.   I have not been feeding it and have been watering it once a week.

Can anybody help please ?



Dipladenia and tendrils

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 13:49

I have a wonderful Dipladenia, which has not stopped flowering since April, when I bought it.

Its not frost hardy and so I've taken into my house. 

I believe next years flowers are on this years 'tendrils',  is this correct or can I cut them off as its growth is a bit rampant !



Reviving a hedge

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 13:05

I can give granular, water and then home made compost !    What more can these bushes want ?  I'm spoiling them !


Thanks a lot




PS I think its Darwinii !

Reviving a hedge

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 12:43

I've just pruned a hedge of Berberis and Choisya which is about 25 years old.  

It has never had any fertiliser or compost added to the soil or anything !

It looks a bit threadbare and sorry for itself at the moment and I'd like to try and revive it.

Can anybody help ?





white cotton ball looking stuff on plants in garden - also some cobwebs

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 13:49

I hate using Provado,  as I try to be organic,  but iy does do the job !

I had a really bad scale infestation on one of my hydrangreas .... I just rubbed them off and over a period of weeks they disappeared.



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Care of lily bulbs over winter

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Excessive cost of seeds

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Ideas for shading plants please

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Scale Insects on my rose

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Apple Trees losing thier leaves

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Greenhouse tomatoes : Pollination

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