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Pruning Portuguese Laurel

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:31

Patience Johnny5, If you keep them well watered in their first year they'll reward you in year 2. Most hedging takes a year to get going, and portuguese laurel is slow to start. By year 3 you may be cursing cutting it. 

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:26

I'd still let it dry, it'll be easier to handle and spread and reduce the risk of any scorching effect  it may have if it's just spread wet onto beds.

Bug house, what to put in it.

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:00

Have a look at the link below for idea's TC RSPB

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:55

Sludge will contain plenty of nutrients for a sandy soil but won't last long, the sand won't hold them. Sandy soils need body and the only way to do that is add organic matter. It may be better to let it dry and then mix whats left with the organic matter.

How to grow Roses from cuttings

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:48

TC the reason that's not flowering properly and well is it isn't trained properly. You've allowed the stems to grow vertically which leads to flowers at the top and nothing below it. Climbers need to be trained laterally or at 45 degrees. You need to take about three of the longer stems and tie them in to the frame, and do it asap. Prune out the weaker growth and keep the laterally trained stems as horizontal as you can. New growth will appear from the lateral stems which will produce flowers. Once you have the frame work don't let growth come out away from the frame, keep it cut back to nothing more than 6 inches. Once you've pruned and trained it, feed it with a rose fertilizer and mulch and water it.

Oh and catch up with the last edition of GW, on BBC2, Monty Don demonstrated this exact technique perfectly, so it will make it perfectly clear.

How do I renovate area under weed control fabric?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:33

Just improve it with plenty of organic matter Angie. The more you add the better it will be. It may take a while for it to get back, but it will recover.

no worms in soil

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:57

You need to add compost or well rotted manure and or leaf mould to the soil. If there are no worms it means there's nothing for them to feed on. It's a sign of tired soil, so the more you add the more worms you'll get as they are vital for soil health.

How Much Sun

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 10:32

TC nearly all herbs like full sun and little water, it may be the drainage that's causing the issue. Topsoil is not the best environment for herbs, they mostly do best in containers. If you don't go down the container route, dig the herbs up and incorporate plenty of grit into the new planting hole. Horticultural grit from the GC is the stuff to get and be generous with when replanting. It should be a 50/50 mix of grit and soil, mind you Rosemary likes even sharper drainage and will thrive in sand.

begonia tuber

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:42

As I remember you can, yes. It was recommended to dust the cuts with sulphur powder to reduce the chance of infection.

Talkback: How to choose slug-resistant plants - part two

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:22

If you aren't too ecologically minded, you can spot treat plants with Slug Clear. It keeps them off vulnerable plants. I know some won't like the suggestion, but it works and if not used extensively does in my opinion  work well.

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