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Sweetpeas over winter

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 22:20

I'd be guided by the weather next year Digger. Sweet pea's are pretty hardy and can go out fairly early if the weather is good, so leave them where they are till next year. Box is a tough shrub, if they are well rooted they can stay outside, in pots or buried at soil level to prevent frost damage.

Leaf mould

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 22:11

You can do either. I'd dig them in.

Stone cutting

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 22:07

Angle grinders are easy to use, you can hire them from your local tool hire place. It's not rocket science. Just have a practise first.

Can I use any leaves for leaf mould?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 10:10

If you break them up a bit I don't see any reason why not. I usually put mine on the compost heap. If you have a local park why not get some free leaves from there, or from neighbours.


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 22:46

It's best done when they are dormant from November to April. However if you take a big enough root ball when transplanting them you could do it now. Make sure you dig the transplant hole before moving them, add well rotted manure or garden compost to the planting hole, some bonemeal and sprinkle some mycorrhizal fungi over the roots and a bit in the planting hole. Then water well. This will give them the best start next year.

What are these?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:02

I don't think they are anything to worry about NG. I can't magnify the image up enough to give you a definitive answer.

Seed germination

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:00

It's not unusual Fishy, they normally drop off as the plant grows. They can be tapped off if they stick when the seedling is a bit larger.


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:27

I'd cut them back after the first frost. Chrysanthemums aren't always fully hardy so mulching them over winter will protect them from the frost. Cut them back to a few inches above the soil. This winter is forecast to be quite cold, more than average, so give them a mulch 2-3 inches thick. If you have a greenhouse I'd lift them and store them. You can then split them or take cuttings in spring.

Big weed problem

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:21

It's too late to do anything right now. Weed killer applied now won't be effective. You have 2 options, you can cover it for the winter with a weed suppression fabric, or leave it till spring when you can apply a weedkiller. The main weed is clover which will die off after treatment. Use a glyphosate based weed killer, and treat when weeds are actively growing. Don't rotavate the soil again, doing so only redistributes weed seed and roots. Give the weedkiller 2 weeks to work, then you can start preparation for the turf.  

Laurel Hedge

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 21:51

Post a photo Lplate, please. Laurel is usually a tough plant, only a few things affect it. Pics of the whole plants affected top to bottom will help us to maybe give you an explanation.

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