Dave Morgan

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Water hawthorn control

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 18:42

I haven't posted here for quite a while but I'm after people's experiences of water hawthorn and it's thinning from a rather neglected pond. 

The pond is about 30ft in diameter, but how deep are the bulbs in the sediment of the pond? The foliage will come away with ease but the bulb's are another matter. 

It's wadeable and safe to operate in.

Encouraging more root growth

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 16:54

The secret for any cuttings is space between the compost. You can mix grit, perlite or leaf mould into MPC, even sharp sand. Pelargoniums need it more than most. Liquid seaweed is good for promoting root growth I find and watering from underneath is best for all cuttings.

Planting roses

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 11:03

B3, rose's are what's called ' gross feeders'. They can quickly deplete surrounding soil of nutrients and essential minerals, hence the term ' rose sick' soil. That's why feeding regime's are important for rose's. Personally I wouldn't use growmore but use fish bone and blood added to the planting hole. You can lay some chicken wire around the base to stop the foxes digging it up.

Fatsia japonica damage who's the culprit?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:09

Must be starving then, a 4ft plant stripped bare. 

Fatsia japonica damage who's the culprit?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 10:30

I planted a Fatsia japonica for a client a few months ago and all that remains is a stalk. It's been completely stripped of leaves and the growing point nibbled off. Has anyone else seen this? I personally didn't think it was attractive to anything. 

Good advice does not come quick

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 19:36

The beauty of the forum is that there's nearly always several different but accurate answers. Anyone who asks a question gets it answered every time. If they only choose to accept the first answer that surely is up to them. However to fail to take advantage of the vast knowledge base within the forum is foolish.

Planting a rose in the patio

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 19:22

Rosie Bee, I'm also going to disagree with the initial advice. I've done exactly the same over the years and as long as you dig out what's under the block paving (which is usually laid on sand only), then there's no reason why not. Dig it out to a depth of 2 ft though and use fresh garden soil (I know you said clay) and plenty of the manure. If you're buying a David Austin, if it's bare root, they take a few years to really get going so some tlc with rootgrow, bonemeal, spring and midsummer feeds along with 2 gallons weekly for six months WILL see it establish well. Once in the roots will find their own way and more than likely straight out and down away from the wall. Just plant it a foot away from the wall and angle it in towards the wall, this will help training, and get your training framework in place just after planting. As it's west facing the prevailing wind and rain we get in the UK should mean it gets all it needs, however water in dry spells.

Vine weevils in winter

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:08

As long as your pots don't freeze I'd apply the vine weevil killer now, tomorrow, whilst the weather warms and let them drain  before it starts to go downhill again. We may have a week of milder temps before going cold again.


Posted: 04/12/2016 at 11:15

Michael take them out of the compost and dry them off then store in a paper bag. Unless compost is bone dry you're just asking for trouble.

Healthy Eating

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 18:54

For me it's home cooked food. Nothing processed apart from the odd pizza. Fresh veg and fruit, fat, butter, Sunday lard, olive oil and no supermarket ready meals. It's the way I was brought up, and the Mrs and we have 3 huge 6ft plus boys who are all healthy and we rarely see a doctor. We don't have much sugar though, a bag lasts 2 weeks, but the Mrs bakes weekly so she does use caster, but what she bakes lasts us a week. Everything in moderation as well. 

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