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Metal in soil

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:53

Good idea BobTheGardener, I have sent them an email.  They actually have a department for this, I had no idea.  Thanks very much.

Allotments!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:44

Depending on what you inherit from the previous occupant, to avoid getting discouraged early on you may wish to concentrate on improving the soil in a small area - starting at a square metre (Google square foot gardening).  My friend inherited a challenging space and is taking it one step at a time and covering the rest with cardboard to deal with later.  And listen to advice from people who's plots you admire.  I hope it brings you a lot of pleasure.

Any experience of Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:38

Don't bother buying seed, your friend will have more than enough to give away. It se;f seeds everywhere but in al the right places and looks great.

Prunus "Amanogawa"

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:36

We planted one 18 months ago.  Ours has two rather floppy main stems on a very short trunk so, whereas I would normally go for a short stake with trees, I've had to put a broom handle in and tie both stems much further up than normal to stop it rocking about.  I planted it in a recently manured bed and added blood, fish & bone and mycorrhizal fungi.  Kept it watered in dry weather and it's flowering like anything at the moment, even though I'm not very knowledgable about these things.  Good luck with yours.

Metal in soil

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:25

Our street in York was built on a rubbish tip, that I can only assume was used for the building of the nearby railway.  When we moved in the garden was mostly paved over and I've been trying to turn it into borders.  Some of it is just a case of sieving the hard core out of the soil, but in some parts there are bricks, pottery and metal slag.  I can't remove all of the tiny bits of metal and wondered whether it would cause a problem if I plant fruit and veg in those areas health-wise.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this please?

Confused by my group 3 clematis

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 16:00

Oh thanks for that BobTheGardener, if only plants did what the books say they should.  I'll go and do it now while the sun is out 

Confused by my group 3 clematis

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 15:53

Hi, the books say to cut my clematis down to around a foot from the ground above a pair of healthy buds.  My dilemma is that the lowest bud at one foot is solitary, not a pair, and then the next pair of buds don't appear for around 3 or 4 foot.  So do I go for lower down or the pair of buds?

splitting rhubarb

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 15:41

Oh thank you Dovefromabove, I shall do just that.  Maybe one plant will be enough as you say.  I'm looking forward to some tasty crumble in the coming months.

splitting rhubarb

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:28

Hi, on the subject of division - I was given some rhubarb last year from my friend's allotment.  I didn't cut any of it except to remove a flower spike, and am wondering whether this year I should eat some or divide it.  All the books say you should have two plants so that each gets a rest but is my plant still too young to divide?  In which case should I not eat any this year to let it grow stronger so that I can divide it next year.  I hope this makes sense.  I can only see one bud so far anyway.

japanese knot weed

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 19:07

I had this in my last garden and I didn't know you weren't supposed to cut it down so I did, right down to under the soil.  I kept doing this and eventually it gave up trying.

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