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Compost bags

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 23:29

Does anyone have the same problem as me? - compost bags are made from very sturdy plastic, as are the bags for grit and gravel.  How can I recycle them as my local recycling centre doesn't do this.  I've a mound of them and would prefer they didn't go to landfill?  Cheers

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 23:24

If you want to keep them in terracota, try lining the pot sides with the compost bag.  Its at least something to do with them.  They soil and then the plants won't dry out quite as quickly

Is my Bramley Apple Tree dead?

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 23:20

Hello Heafybeafy,  Good news then, I don't know where your tree is in the country. I'm in Nth Glos, the buds have just broken.  This time last year the blosson was over, so it's very late coming out at all.  Don't unduly worry about your lack of fruit last year - mine and a fruit farm near me had very poor crops last year too.  Warm start when no pollinating insects were about then cold weather to ruin the blossom and too cold and wet for bees etc to fly. My tree also has quite a lot under it ,including a large clump of rhubarb - all inherited by the previous owner.  Its got canker, but as an old Bramley (estimated 50yrs) it copes with it.  With you having planted underneath it, some of the soil may well have been compacted.  If you could aerate this gently to prevent too much root damage, feed it or mulch with something nutritous. then prune as littlemoney has suggested, it may yet come good.  I was in Heligan in mid march and they had had unprecented frosts, so not even the south UK has escaped the cold this winter. Hope this helps

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:56

Mine are all in glazed stoneware pots, with very sharp grit on the top. One of the show exhibitors was interviewed a couple of years ago.  A nice lady who had a hosta nursery - she swore by a boiled concotion of a couple of garlic bulbs, then diluted and sprayed on - she didn't have a slug problem.  But this does need to be reapplied after rain.

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 20:56

Mine spend their time in pots in a cool part of the garden summer and winter.  My sum and substance - nothing showing as yet!  I did loose my old Big Daddy a couple of years ago but it was in one of our vile winters P

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 18:27

Lose any? they are just spiritied away in the night by the plant fairy in the midst of a cold and damp winter.  Hopefully they've missed ours out of their collection and left them with us.  Bookertoo - 65-70 that's nearly a national collection isn't it - any favourites?

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:56

Hi Dizzy Lizzy,

I'm in north glos and I've got one Solomans seal showing 1" growth and on 2 or 3 tiny green shoots of one of 6 hostas.  My colleagues say they haven't seen theirs yet either - My fingers are still crossed that they are still dormant and not dead we wait and see me thinks


Talkback: How to increase tomato yields

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 10:44
Did this work out with an increased yield?


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 22:40

I think the second picture is a very poorly skimmia - throw it away, they are not expensive and by the state of it, the condition it planted in doesn't suit, plant something else instead, as those before me have mentioned.  The 3rd pic looks like  a juniper horizontalis, which I think has just lost its RHS AGM as its a huge thug.  Sorry not to be more positive, but your layout looks lovely and these are possibly not the best to show off your garden.

Talkback: Growing autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 17:44
Does anyone know of a supplier who will sell bare rooted/potted raspberries in a mixed lot of varieties? Most I've come across have a batch of 6 to 10 of a single variety and I've not got the space for that. I'm looking for 6 to 8 canes of a broad season and including a gold one. thanks for help

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my curcubit plants are dying off

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Compost bags

What to do & How to recycle  
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advice from my fellow gardeners please 
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