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Draceana

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:41

Hi, I took cuttings with my primary school gardening club and had 100% success. We cut the stems into10cm lengths putting the 'bottoms' of the stems in a cup of water and waited for the roots to appear (which they did) We then potted up in compost mixed with some sand and the stems began to develop bumps then leaves. The original plants  sprouted bumps and new leaves too and all our babies grew well and we sold them at a school fair.

Home Page "On the forum" links dead ?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 20:54

All working fine for me.

wee-pond

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 19:20

Hi Little weeeed, if you are putting the breeze blocks under the liner to make shelves, cover them with some old carpet/underlay to cushion them from the liner. With the pressue/weight of the water against the rough corners of a breeze block a hole could soon form and ruin your pond.

A picture of work so far might give us some ideas of how to help you finish off the edges. It doesn't have to be the same all the way round and ther are many different ways of doing it!

Mature red robin

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:08

Do you want  or need to reduce the size of the plant? Is it posible to post a picture of the plant?

TOTAL GROUND CLEARING

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:34

Not sure what you are asking here. You have cleared the ground, dug out the weeds and have planned how you are going to cover and fill the area...all sounds that you are doing the right things in the right order and making a good job of it.

As you also say, glysophate is no good on bare soil but if any weeds do reappear next year you have the glysophate to zap them when they are in good growth.

You seem to have answered your own question - I think - or have I missed something ? 

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:28

Really good advice. We bought hard wood furniture years ago and my husband treated it with oil/varnish too - when it was new and he was enthusiastic! Only now as the varnish is wearing off are we beginning to get that lovely silver colour - it looks better now than it did when we bought it imo. Never thought of using the pressure washer though but could speed up the process of losing the varnish in some parts. We leave our outside over winter too now!

Capel Manor College - which campus?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 20:52

I studied at the Castle Green Campus in Dagenham a few years ago(I think they only do floristry and balloons there now). I would recommend you go to Capel Manor itself as our tutor had to transport flowers, foliage, compost etc to our site which was a secondary school and we got no actual hands on work. I travelled to the Capel Manor campus for my Level 2 exam and enjoyed my afternoon after the exam wandering around the grounds, which are lovely.

The people on my course all had different reasons for being there - career; enthusiastic amateur gardeners; setting up a business. The age range was 20s - 50s with a fairly even split of men and women.

I passed the exam and thoroughly enjoyed the course; tutor was fab - now retired; learnt alot and still use the booklets of various aspects of horticulture on a regular basis.

Good luck!

street-cleaning-in-our-cul-de-sac

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:15

Congratulations Joyce! This is wonderful news for you and your neighbours - well done!

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 21:36

Looks as though you have made a great start with the clearing of the site and the laying of a lawn.

If you have access to some well rotted horse manure from a local stables - quite often free, it would be a great addition to your garden. As has been previously mentioned, improving your soil and the hole that you dig will pay dividends as your shrub is going to be there for a long time.

Autumn is a good time to plant shrubs as the soil is still warm and it is easier to keep new plants well watered to get them established. Sometimes though you  get a better range of plants in the GC when that plant is in flower or sometimes you like to see a shrub in flower before you buy... and sometimes its an impulse buy!! 

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 19:26

Hi StanyeWest or should that be StanyeNorth - North London clay should let you grow acidic plants.

A camellia avoiding early morning sun would be nice - evergreen shiny foliage, reds available, spring flowering (if you are near an Aldi - reaonably priced ones are usually available in the new year)

A Nandina domestica - sprays of creamy flowers in May/June, evergreen with different coloured foliage throughout the year, red berries in winter.

A Hibiscus for summer flowers - red available 

Full shade - Hydrangea petiolaris is a climber that likes shade - bright green foliage in spring, white flowers in May, yellow leaves in autumn and a tracery of red brown stems in winter - it would need some support in order to help it climb but it is a lovely plant; maybe ferns - Monty Don planted some on last week's Gardeners' World. 

I'll have a think about your shady side - I'm assuming it faces north. No sun at all not even one end or part way up your fence? I'm assuming you have a fence...

Hope this helps.

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