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Greenhouse Virgin

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 13:42

Jeyes fluid is a good greenhouse cleaner, it doesn't need to be strong a weak mix will be fine, followed by a sulphur candle just in case. It does smell bad, but it works and will do no harm if diluted enough.

school pond - what to do ?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:55

First thing you need to do is empty it.Then test the integrity of the liner. Is it filling to the top or leaking? If it's leaking you need a new liner. If you need a new liner you'll have to lift the edging stones, lay the new liner then re-cement the edging in place.

Make sure its not leaking before you replace the edging.

While the pond is empty look for shelving as this is where your pond plants will go.

Whilst the pond is empty save some of the sludge at the bottom of the pond as this contains all the organisms which give the pond it's natural balance. You'll only need half a bucket of sludge, so don't e tempted to save the lot.

When your'e happy it's water tight, refill, pop the sludge in and leave it for a few weeks to settle.

You can put your water plants in as soon as you fill the pond, this will help the pond cycle to start.

Keep checking the pond every few days and you'll quickly see life arriving, it can happen in days. 

It's not a hugely technical job, but it can involve some some muscle.

I can't see properly the mini ponds at the top of the picture, but one seems to be a blue container of some sort. Again you need to check it's water tight. If not replace container and check again. Same procedure as before.

Try not to let any mortar drop into the pond as it's bad for the ph.

Don't rush it, check and recheck as rectifying any mistake will double the work load. If you get it right first time then maintenance will be minimal.

Best of luck. 


Rose cuttings - leaves turning yellow - HELP?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 00:00

Roses can take up to a year to root, so don't expect results too soon. Most roses are grafted onto new rootstock, so cuttings may not come true to the original.

I'd put the pot to one side or put the cutting straight into garden soil.

Patience is the key with cuttings, the leaves yellowing will be the food supply in the stem running out and this will encourage the cutting to take root and it won't need feeding or if you keep it in a pot not too wet either.

Lavendar novice balcony question please?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 23:46

Lavender won't flower yet it's too early really. Depending on which variety you bought will determine when it flowers. It's well established so the new flower buds will be forming in the next month. If the label is still on the plant then we can give you an idea when it will flower. Lavender is a sensory plant when not in flower the scent is held within the leaves and only released when it's brushed against or the foliage rubbed.

Be patient and you will get results in time.

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.


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