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Dave Morgan

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Absolute novice...

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 23:38

I'd echo Busy bee's advice. Take your time, get recommendations from people on here as to books, magazines plants and general advice. No question is too silly to ask, so never be afraid to ask, you will always get help.

Find the ph of your soil, the large shrub with red flowers sounds like a rhododenron or camellia, so your soil maybe acidic but do a test with a kit you can get from the garden centre or online.

Posting  a pic here will get you plenty of help as well. 

See how much sun you get, where and when and tell us what your soil is like i.e. clay, loam, sandy, I suspect with rhododendron/camellia, it will be loam and fairly good. You haven't posted your location, so I can't look you up on the national soil survey, which would tell you what your soil is most likely to be.

Your soil ph will give you a guide as to which plants will do best, sun,shade and moisture will determine the rest.

See what else comes up during the summer, before you start to dig everything up.

In gardening patience is one of the first skills you will have to learn, unless you have a fat bank account and can buy in instant results.

Take the time to read and plan, see what damage the kids do and plan accordingly.

This is one of the best places you will get to learn, so make full use of thousands of years of gardening knowledge with having to buy it.

Black eyed susan/Dahlia seedling?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 23:17

does look like a dahlia, seed stick to fingers? Seeds can bounce as well or be transferred very easily on compost or the hands, doesn't really matter though surprises are all part of gardening! 

carrot fly & pests

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 15:12

Use some fleece to cover your containers, and tie with hairy string, dont do knots, but bows, this allows easy access for watering and feeding your containers. Carrot fly, fly about a foot above the ground, so raising your containers even by a few inches will greatly reduce the chances of infestation. Also try companion planting with onions or garlic which mask the smell of the carrots.

Infant school garden

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:36

The best way is to spray with glysophate when the nettles are actively growing. Brambles need a spray with roundup, pick the one specifically for brambles.

One other thing to consider is that nettles are butterfly larvae food, so a small controlled patch of nettles would be wise to keep. Ivy also provides homes and food for beneficial insects, so you need a balance of neglect and organisation. 

As for suitable plants, go to the RSPB website and related organisations, links below.


Indoor Watering at Height

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 22:42

All you need is a pump and watering lance, buy the lance on amazon and a spray pump, just exchange the heads.Or install a watering system which you can get from commercial suppliers.

Another request for climbing rose selection advice....

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 22:32

Your best bets are Rose mulliganii, Rosa Banksiae, Felicite Perpetue and       Adlelaide  d' Orleans, all have evergreen tendancies.

The first 2 have small white or yellow flowers, but they are ramblers so would have to be kept in check.

Mme Alfred Carriere and Veilchenblau, will both do well on a north wall, they do need training all reach about 15ft.

A truly evergreen rose is at the moment impossible, in time however the rose breeders may come up with something.



Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:50

It's going to freeze over the next few days and weekend so I'd bring them indoors till this cold snap has passed. They will be fine on a sunny windowsill.

Polluted ground

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:38

I think your best bet is to get the council environmental health people involved. It's  serious pollution and your neighbour will be liable for the costs of the clean up.

Grass will be your best option, however the harmful organisms left in the soil will take time to disappear. My personal view is the area needs to be fenced off, and the soil regularly tested until levels of pollution drop to acceptable levels.

I would get professional advice, again your neighbour will be liable for these costs and any remedial measures you may have to take. 


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 10:24

Try this link to Taylor's Clematis, some nice varieties here.

What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 23:27

Best thing to keep clematis roots cool is a roofing slate. The slate absorbs the heat of the sun, the new shoots grow round and over the slate.

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