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Removing Pampas Grass.

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 16:42

Start a good foot away from the edge of the base, and go a forks depth down and loosen all around. They aren't deep rooted, but the are tough to get out. Cut the top growth down to ground level before starting. A long steel bar is handy for leverage. It's brute force really. Once you get it out (sweat and swearing over), dig the ground thoroughly to remove any roots, ten do what you want with the space. They knacker the soil, so you'll have to add plenty of well rotted manure afterwards.

Foxgloves - Illumination Pink

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:00

Foxgloves are wood land plants Yviestevie, they always thrive in shade, the selective breeding won't make any difference to the the natural characteristics of the plant. They'll love it. 

Pests from neighbours garden?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:32

There's likely to be a huge slug and snail population in the neighbour's garden if it's wild. All you can do is try to create a barrier they will not cross. 

I have used the product in the link below to create barriers around vunerable planting and it works. 

Water it in around the edges of your plot and then tackle the slug problem within the garden by your prefered method.

Help With Seedling

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:25

Looks a bit like scorch, watering from above and the sun and scorching the leaves. Water from underneath in future.


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 22:12

Plant them as they are Barry, don't bother cutting just yet, leave it till next year. Add plenty of well rotted FYM or garden compost and then feed with FB&B when the new growth shows. Water them well in the first year they'll need it. You can leave pruning till after they have given their first fruit.


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 22:05

Yes Sandra f, now is a good time to move shrubs. It sounds to be in an ideal position though. Any south or west facing position is good for Hibiscus, they like a moist but well drained soil with plenty of sun although they do like some shelter, especially from wind. I'd take the opportunity to give it a light thin out and a light trim as well. Add some root grow when re planting and some bonemeal. Give it a good water and a mulch to settle it down as well. They can be temperamental so I'd wait for a milder week before moving it.

Daphne is too big for her boots!

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:17

Daphne, don't like being pruned, a light prune after flowering is all thats advised. If you prune too hard you may get die-back so it's a tough decision for you. I'd cut a maximum of six inches off and see what happens but no more. 

Any expert sunflower growers to help with this question please?!

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:11

August is prime weather for sunflowers. I grow them each year from a March sowing and later even into May sowings. I find the key is good position and plenty of food. Tall varieties need staking and  larger blooms can be obtained by stopping emerging side shoots, you can get them to the size of a very large plate with a good regime. They are easy to grow, sow decide where, somewhere that gets full sun for as long as possible, and feed the soil before planting, plenty of well rotted manure or compost. Guard them against slugs, and feed weekly with liquid seaweed. Water very well.

You'll be growing in numbers so get prepared early and make successive sowings with several varieties, the smaller varieties produce many heads. Stop sideshoots early, just like you do with tomatoes and get some 8ft canes, taller of you can and tie in every few days depending on how fast they grow. Wind will be your enemy so a sheltered position is advisable. 

Fuchsia, Blueberry and new rose

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:35

WillowKitten, I'd soak the rose overnight before planting. Roses sold in shops bare root have been out of the ground for some time, considerable time in some cases. Soaking overnight increases the chances of survival as the roses capillary system needs to be kicked into action asap. Also soak the whole bush, weight it down if necessary in a bucket in the kitchen it needs to re hydrate before planting.

For best results add not only the fungi but as much well rotted manure and some bone meal to the planting hole and water in with at least a watering can full of water. Then mulch it heavily 2-3 inches deep around the plant. Water it weekly for a month, don't rely on the weather to do it for you.

If you get the above right first time it cuts down on the attention you give it later in the year and it establishes more quickly.

This applies equally when growing in tubs or pots. 

Odd corrections?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 16:08

Auto correct programs are created by the American programmers, that's why we over here struggle with the Queens English. Americans don't speak English as we know it and they don't spell the same either hence colour as we spell it over here is spelt color in America as is Labour and the American Labor. 

Blame the Americans!

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