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Can someone tell me when's it's best to hard prune a lilac?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 10:28

I'd do it in late march/april when the weather begins to improve. If it's cut back hard you'll get new growth pretty quickly. This coming winter is forecast as being very cold, so pruning now would cause more damage and risk losing it.


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 10:24

Have you tried an independent hardware shop?

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:52

A pallet knife or decorating knife using the side of the blade does a good job. It's a hands and knees job but very effective. Even and old kitchen knife will do.


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:43

What type of begonia is it fibrous or tuberous? Or is this a question set by a teacher who knows nothing about gardening?

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.

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