Dave Morgan

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Posted: 02/05/2016 at 22:02

Now Carol. I haven't grown them for a few years but I'd have started them off a few weeks ago in a GH.

How to have a garden with spring and Summer interest?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 21:58

It's pretty easy Craigh, you just pack your borders. As the spring flowering bulbs and perennials go over the summer flowering things take over, especially with perennials. What you'll find is the summer perennials will smother the spring ones as they die back or go over. The same applies to later in the year. As the summer perennials go past their best the Autumn flowering plants come into their best. If you go to the RHS website and use the filters in the perennial section you can choose accordingly. Having the courage to do it is often the issue, but with a bit of foresight it's easy to achieve.

A way to attract slugs

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 21:44

I know this sounds contrary to everything we gardeners do to deter slugs from eating our precious plants, but how about attracting them without going on a torch light hunt or setting beer traps. The picture below has appeared on Facebook of a slug attractant.

 This is tinned cat food soaked with water. It's meant as bird food but it certainly seems our slippery friends find it irresistible. Beats a moonlight slug hunt.

Phlox 21st Century Blue - should they be pinched out?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:54

Yes pinch them Alex. They form side shoots very quickly which will all carry flowers.

Heavy clay soil

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:49

I'd add grit or pea shingle as well, as much as you can. It's best if you add composted horse manure and grit at the same time then leave it over winter to incorporate. If you're using sharp sand it has to be very very gritty to work properly. I wouldn't add topsoil yet, you need to leave it for a few weeks first to all rot down. Then you have to review the results and test the drainage. Rushing things leads to mistakes and remedial measures which can lenghten the time it takes to get the result you want. Sorting out drainage has to be the priority for now.

Huge bramble in my laurel hedge

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 08:27

Treat the exposed leaves with a brushwood killer, paint it on and it'll die off.

What has happened to my box plants?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 21:28

I notice exposed roots in the bottom picture so I'd get those under the soil for a start, a feed of fish bone and blood and let the warmer weather get to it, maybe move it for a while, although box can tolerate some shade full shade isn't great for it. Warmer weather and that elusive thing the sun will appear this week so it will perk up.

Green spores in manure

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 21:20

The stuff sold as farmyard manure is exactly that, slurry and straw mixed and composted. It's never that great and contains all sorts. Get horse manure if you can and compost it yourself with garden waste. Cow manure is great on fields but that's it.

What has happened to my box plants?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 21:13

It's not box blight, has it been frosted and exposed to cold wind?

container (?) roses

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 11:07

Containerised roses can be planted at any time of year Mary. It doesn't check them, they take a year to establish whatever way you buy them. Newly planted roses need weekly watering, bare root or containerised, makes no difference. Planted correctly second and subsequent years are always more floriferous. A lot of GC advice I hear about is suspect to say the least.

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Small tree ID please

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I won't be using the forum for a while

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Awful new format for forum

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A way to attract slugs

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Best potting mix for Crinum

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Plant ID

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Petition to stop cancelling GW

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Citrus resurrection

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Shrub ID

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ID please

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Colder weather on the way

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Shrub ID please

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Shrub ID please

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Shrub/Tree ID please

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