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Posted: 23/07/2012 at 20:43

What`s a triple grape leaf Ivy Sally? Please.


Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 21:29

If it was sharp sand or horticulural sand, it doesn`t matter. Neither will improve drainage.

Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:23

You are welcome.

getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:20

Grandma, they are just trying to bully you. You are the newcomer so you have to do what they say. Yeah,right. Keep your garden tidy and the plants under control and there is nothing they can do. If they keep on harrassing you get a restraining order out.

Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:14

James, sand does NOT improve drainage, in fact, as you have found out, it hampers drainage. If you want to improve drainage, use horticultural GRIT. Even better, add nothing.

Home-made compost

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:53

Pamela, you should be able to use your compost every 6 monthes at the most. For every layer of green material used you should add an equal layer of brown material ie dead leaves, shredded paper, torn or scrunched up newspaper or torn up cardboard.There is no need to turn the material everytime you add to the bin but once a fortnight will be fine. The rule of composting is, 1 bin being used, 1 bin full and composting and the final bin being built up. What is VERY important is you are using pallets which allow air into the compost, unlike those plastic "darleks" which just produce a slimey mess. As with all living things, the bacteria and worms that digest and convert the raw material, need warmth, air and moisture. You are doing well, and carrying on a gardening tradition. Well done.

Rose leaf rolling saw-fly

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:37

Of course, using home made, non registered, pesticides is illegal. However, if a few rhubarb leaves were to fall into some boiling water and said water was strained and allowed to cool you would have to get rid of it somehow.lol lol lol


Elephants ears - i just love them

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:30

Bookerertoo, if Cias` plant is a houseplant, how come it`s enjoying all the rain?


Posted: 13/07/2012 at 19:54

I agree with the said advice Brycey, rummage around and find out what`s under them.

Rose leaf rolling saw-fly

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 19:50

Issybee, the only way a systemic insecticide will kill bees is if you are careless and spray while the bees are active. Spray yours roses safely and get rid of the pests.

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