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What are these and how to prune?

Posted: Today at 15:58

The one with the green and white leaves is pieris as hostafan has said, the other with the buds is a rhododenron. Your hedge is suffering without doubt, cutting it at an angle, wider at the base less wide at the top may help, plus a good feed, now may help, but light may well be the problem. It's more likely to be the tall trees than the two smaller shrubs which are the cause. The hedge looks to be privet, which can go leggy if not trimmed correctly. I'd feed the hedge now with a general purpose fertilizer, and in march cut it at the angle I've described. It won't hurt it, and cutting stimulates new growth. 

I can't see any reason to prune the other two shrubs at this point in time.

Cactus discoloured???

Posted: Yesterday at 16:12

Is it getting enough light? Turn it regularly, cactus like light and good drainage. Water from underneath with rainwater.

Garden Pond

Posted: Yesterday at 16:06

I wouldn't worry about the water lily, they are tough and easily removed and sunk back into the pond.

First thing is to drain it. When you've drained it you'll be able to lift the water lily out reasonably easily. It may be quite heavy if it's been there a long time, even so I've taken ones out 10+ years old and they come out.

You'll have a deep layer of silt at the bottom, just be aware the roots can go into it, but even if they snap, it doesn't matter that much, they re establish very quickly. Growth comes from the crown and as long as you don't damage that it shouldn't be a problem.

You don't say if your'e happy with re constructing the pond, but if you need advice on that come back to us.

GW weather

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 15:16

Try this one Lyn, very accurate and a good long range forecast too.

When Should I be planting my seeds?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 15:12

Carrots need to be sown direct into the soil. The onions, if they're sets(the little bulbs) can be started in cellular seed trays, and planted out when the weather is better. The same with the garlic. I'd use cellular seed trays, as there is less root disturbance when planting out for the lettuce, rocket and chives. Potatoes need to be planted direct into the soil. Sow seed sparingly, it's easier to thin them out, say two to a cell.

Read the instructions on the packets thoroughly. Be guided by that. As you are so far north I'd wait another month longer than it says on the packet, that should ensure better weather and temperatures.


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 15:01

Cheap way of creating raised beds is with scaffold planks. Any reasonable builders merchant can supply them. Two planks tall 2m x1m. Topsoil by the ton is relatively cheap, but It will take 6+ tons to fill the beds. Pure topsoil in a raised bed I wouldn't advise as you need some grit/small stone in it to allow air in the soil.

You'll need 18 inch wooden stakes and nails or screws to construct the beds. I prefer exterior screws myself. One in each corner, maybe one each side about halfway is often the case.

As for planting, well what do you want to grow, veg/flowers or shrubs or a mixture of all three.

If your'e planning to involve young people, then a mixture of annuals and easy growing veg would be best, they produce quick results, and can look very impressive.

Get seed from Wilko, it's cheap and reliable. It doesn't matter what you pick, but it's good to involve any youngsters in the choosing of the seed. They then can see whats going to come up.

Keep a length of scaffold board just over a metre long to lay across the beds. The whole idea behind raised beds is not compact the soil by walking on it.

Seed sowing outside starts in March and can go on till September.

Stagger sowings of quick growing veg for a continuous supply. Late sowings of flower seeds gives you a longer season of colour. Take care to feed the soil with a general purpose fertilizer, you won't know the fertility of the topsoil you'll be getting. Growmore is fine.

Tree Lily Bulbs

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 20:42

I've not grown these before, but I am tempted, any advice on how sharp the drainage needs to be. I have a dry, and I mean dry, sunny bank. Rosemary thrives there as do other sun/dry loving perennials. If it's too dry I'll go for pots, but I was looking for something tall and fragrant as it's right by the back door.

Bare root canes

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 15:02

Get them in now before it freezes. They can cope better with the cold in the ground rather than out of it. Give them a deep mulch to help protect them.

Overgrown shrub- can I cut back safely?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:08

Dove, it's dormant, it won't set new growth till it warms up, and it's only going to get colder according to forecasts.

Greenhouse cleaning

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:04

I use a weak solution of jeyes fluid. I've used weak bleach, and hot soapy water. They all do the job.

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