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privet hedge problem

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:10

Yes. You can prune privet hard and it will recover. Aim for an A shape - wide at the bottom and narrower at the top so the bottom gets more light. After cutting feed it in order to help it recover and put on new growth. Check for birds' nests in the hedge before you start.

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:07

I can't even see buds on mine yet this year. They need to be in a very sheltered warm situation and the weather has not been great (gross understatement) so far this year. How big is the plant/pot. Have you fed the plant ? You say its back is to a koi pond - is this a raised pond and it is growing against it?

Tools for gardening club

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:00

I run a school gardening club. Hand forks and trowels (as Chicky said) are our most used tools. We have raised beds mainly. However if you are working the open ground child sized spades, forks and a rake or two would probably be used.

We are members of the RHS school campaign and have been awarded seeds, a paper pot maker and garden centre vouchers through the scheme. We also hold plant sales to help finance ourselves. It is worth getting friendly with your local DIY or garden centre manager as they (on occasion) knock down the price for a friendly pushy garden club leader!!

The most used and disposable item we use are gardenng gloves...they are like socks..."I can't find the other one, Miss" is a constant refrain at our school.

I have been running our club for several years now and love it. I wish you all the best with yours and if you have any other questions or queries I will try to help. 

Tree Identification

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 15:00

Snap!!

Tree Identification

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 14:59

Could you post a close up of the leaves and flowers? Difficult to tell at this distance. Could be a cotoneaster but could be something else...

Help needed identifying plants!

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 10:49

I would say the 3rd one is an azalea. The sudden taller growth out of the top is puzzling. I wonder if it is from the original root stock as opposed to the dwarfing one the plant must have been grafted on.

Potato plants

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:05

Old potting compost will not add any food to the potatoes just stop you having to dig more from around the plants and possibly exposing the new potatoes forming. The odd  handful of chicken manure won't do any harm as it is a slow release feed which the plants can access if needed as they grow through the new layers of soil.Good watering at this stage is important in order to help swell the new potatoes.

Plant ID help - weed?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 22:02

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Potato plants

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 19:14

Be careful when you earth them up again that you don't take soil away from the sides or you will expose the potatoes that form further away from the plant.

Potato plants

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 18:56

Have you raised the level of the soil since you planted them? If not raise the level of the soil by a foot or so to increase your crop being careful not to break the stems. 

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