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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.

what is...

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 23:23

Loganberry, having an oil tank myself you do have to be careful what you do and how.

If it's a plastic tank, they do not last that long, they have a tendancy to split despite what the manufacturers say!

If it's metal, they can last 20 years with rust proofing.

You need access for safety and maintenance reasons, so a trellis screen is the best option. This needs to be placed 2-3 ft from the edge of the tank, to allow access.

You can grow whatever you like up the trellis. Oil is expensive, don't be tempted to cover it without taking safety into account, and the soil pollution from oil is impossible to to rectify.

What the heck is this?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 23:10

That is crocosmia, if you pot them, small corms will grow from the large. The small corms produce the flowers when they are 1-2cm's. You break the small one's off and replant them in their flowering position. I use a large pot to home the large corms in ordinary garden soil, and inspect them after about 6 months. Then remove any small corms to plant out.

found some begonia tubers..

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 23:00

Put them in a seed tray with potting compost, see if they start to sprout. Can't lose anything by trying it. If they come then pot them on, if not compost them.

Sick looking Pyracantha

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 10:49

Pyracantha, can take a heavy prune, so it may be worth doing so, then giving it a good feed to help it grow back over the summer.

cultivating soil

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 10:46

You can plant right away and water them in well, this will settle the soil. You have good soil, a downpour will help, but there isn't any need to wait.

Urgent help New Lawn

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 16:51

If your'e going to turf it, it will need digging over. See the how to section, all the advice you need is there.

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Clematis for a dry bank

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