London (change)
Today 18°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 18°C / 9°C

Dave Morgan

Latest posts by Dave Morgan

What to do with exhausted compost?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:13

Put it in the compost bin and mix it with other composted material, it's not something I waste.

seeds from bulbs

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:11

From seed they take a few years to develop into a viable bulb Tina. Sowing in a seed bed is the usual way of raising them from seed. Different varieties take differing time periods to fully develop so it's often easier to buy in mature bulbs, unless you have free space to let them get on with it.

Is this a weed

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:07

Yes it's a geranium, they can be quite rampant if not kept in check.

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:55

I only know of a chemical approach to bindweed, and that's with glysophate based weed killer. I find the paint on ones you see advertised practically useless, so I only use a spray now. Leave the weed in place until it has completely died back. Glysophate breaks down on contact with the soil, so it's pretty safe.

What to do with my red saxifrage?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:51

Saxifrage are fairly easy to repair actually. Break the clumps up, discard the brown bits and pot into very well drained mpc mix grit sharp sand and put some more grit around the top of the plant. They like very well drained conditions and browning usually means they have become too wet. It's been very wet in some parts so that may well be to blame, they're alpines so treat them with well drained conditions. But if they are of the mossy type don't let them dry out too much, a bit of shade at some time of the day is also beneficial.

Trying to plant a hedge to keep children safe

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:16

Box is shallow rooted but it takes a good time to. Difficult problem.

Biennial / Perennial growing from seed

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:19

They're like any other seed Orchid, I sowed some perennials 2 weeks ago in pots, they have all germinated and are getting to the stage where I can pot them on. I just pot on into 7 or 9cm pots in mpc and put them to one side to grow on with some slug and snail protection. I use a cold frame, no lid with sharp sand for them to sit on. By the autumn, they will be ready to plant out. As for your varieties, well take your pick. Sarah Raven does some nice perennials and I get good germination with her seed. It's only a few pence dearer, so I find it's worth it.

Unknown Bugs - help!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:08

Not long at all you will struggle to find any of them within the week.

Bumblebees in trouble - seem to have a few bees in trouble . But why?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:47

It's cooled down and it's wet Flora. Put some water with a teaspoon of sugar mixed in nearby. As it warms up again they will recover.

French Marigolds, something is eating them!!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:44

It will be slugs or snails, they are experts at hiding under, in, around any form of pot or seed tray. You have to inspect every pot, seed tray, container in minute detail looking inside the drainage holes as well. Even small one's can decimate seedlings or mature plants. I bet you will find one lurking.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Shrub ID

Replies: 6    Views: 183
Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 14:08

Uploading pics

Replies: 3    Views: 146
Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 17:58

New Pots in bags

Replies: 12    Views: 285
Last Post: 22/01/2015 at 19:00

Compost Advice

Replies: 11    Views: 486
Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 12:33

PM for Artjak Compost advice

Replies: 0    Views: 194
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 15:06

Plant ID's please

Replies: 12    Views: 524
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 10:23

Two ID's please

Replies: 25    Views: 626
Last Post: 16/12/2014 at 20:42

Winter 2014/15

Colder than Average Winter Advisory 
Replies: 21    Views: 954
Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 15:33

Funny Wildlife

Squirrel V Woodpigeons 
Replies: 2    Views: 253
Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 21:40

Best Thornproof Gloves

Replies: 3    Views: 1078
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 23:10

Clematis for a dry bank

Replies: 6    Views: 570
Last Post: 09/04/2014 at 15:20

Peach for fan traing

Replies: 3    Views: 398
Last Post: 13/02/2014 at 21:19

Colder weather is coming!

Replies: 17    Views: 2351
Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 17:54

Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
Replies: 8    Views: 714
Last Post: 12/10/2013 at 00:56


Hold in invasive roots 
Replies: 5    Views: 1326
Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 20:33
15 threads returned