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Clematis & Jasmine

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:38

You don't say what type of jasmine it is. As for the clematis if it's sheltered you can prune now especially if it's died right back to brown stems, and yes then mulch it heavily to protect it overwinter. Once you tell us which type of jasmine it is, then the advice will follow.

wooden planter

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 19:00

That's easy to cost. It's the cost of a bag of 1 1/2 inch screws and use pallets for the wood. Basically free. If you put that forward as your answer, can't be anything other than correct and environmentally friendly.

Cistus Populifolius Major

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:54

I have quite a few cistus, they love the open sunny bank I have in my garden. They hate being pruned so I regularly take cuttings in spring, summer and autumn. They are easy to propagate and develop quite quickly if given slightly moister conditions in a nursery bed. Once they are 2yrs old they get moved to their final position in dry sun. They don't last long, about 4-5 yrs, especially if we have a severe winter, which this winter we are forecast to have. As such my young plants will go into the cold frame for winter. They do go leggy, so once they reach that stage I dig them out and replace them with the young plants. So cuttings is really the best way to keep them in good flowering condition. Keep the cuttings compost free draining by adding plenty of grit and a dressing of grit on the top of the compost. If kept relatively warm they root in a few weeks. I let the roots fill the pot before potting on or putting them in the nursery bed so give them time to develop the roots first, you get better plants that way.

Penstemon cuttings

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 09:36

I've done penstemon cuttings both with and without bags over them and they both took equally as well. The danger with them is drying out, hence the misting. As long as they have warmth then a cold frame or GH is fine in my experience. As for the potting mix I always add some grit to any cuttings mix. Pure compost is liable to retain too much moisture.

As for the pots, the size is determined by the diameter of the top of the pot. I use the deeper pots for potting anything as the shallow ones dry out too quickly for me.

Frikartii Monch

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 10:15

You can, but be prepared to lose some if you do. I'd split the clump and allow a few extra to be kept in a cold frame  or GH overwinter. Asters are pretty tough, but play safe and keep a few frost free over winter.

runner beans

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 22:50

Runner beans are actually perennials, the roots will produce new shoots in spring and produce a crop. The secret to is to feed the new plants with plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost. If you mulch them heavily with either after they have died down they will produce a good crop in years to come. Some of the old timers in my village do it regularly. They swear by it. Personally I prefer to resow.


Posted: 05/10/2014 at 15:20

No problem Dove, things have changed over the years, especially with the cuts, the police are using experts in various fields and animal issues are low on the priority list. PCSO's are usually given the jobs like this now, even if they don't have the powers of a constable. They only intervene if there's a likelihood of trouble. 

I just hope this is sorted out well. People do come first, but where and what would we be if we didn't care for our animals.


Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:23

Phillipa, all the Police will do is tell you to inform the RSPCA. The RSPCA does have the power to remove animals, the Police do not and will not unless supported by the RSPCA. Entry powers can be granted by Magistrates Courts to both the Police and RSPCA via a warrant. As these chickens are in an enclosure on open ground a warrant isn't needed and the RSPCA can remove them without the assistance of the Police.  

Dove is incorrect (sorry Dove), the RSPCA is our first port of call for any animal cruelty or neglect case. The police role is to support the RSPCA and will not take any action without direction from them, this is national police policy and legally the approach the courts favour in any subsequent prosecution.

I would take photographs or video from a phone to support what you have seen, this will be dated and help the RSPCA if it decides to take any legal action.

In all probability, they will ask the owner to sign the animals over to them and issue a warning, prosecutions are usually only undertaken in the more serious cases, or persistent cases of neglect.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 23:17

They can both be grown in pots, variety isn't really important, just sufficient depth to the pot with carrots.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 23:14

Firstly if you do what you have described, it won't last 5 minutes. If it's going to retain soil it needs a proper foundation and cement, especially if there is any weight behind the wall, and wet soil is heavy.

Have you thought of  railway sleepers or scaffold planks instead. It really depends on what you want and the look you want to achieve and how long you want it to last.

Sleepers and bricks will last longer, sleepers don't lead to drainage problems, brick walls properly constructed with drainage slits have few problems as well.

I've done small beds with dry laid bricks, but they end up draining too quickly and are quite high maintenance.

How wide/long is the wall going to be? Dry laid bricks move too easily especially if you have children or animals.

I'd put a foundation of sharp sand and cement mixed 3 to 1 as a foundation, then lay bricks with cement to the required height. You shouldn't get huge drainage problems at that sort of height, and you can leave a slit between the 3rd and 4th brick on the first layer if your'e worried about it, and you can incorporate a step/s to give easy access to the lower level. It will last as well.

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