London (change)
Today 19°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 17°C / 10°C

Dave Morgan

Latest posts by Dave Morgan

Picking a Pair of Pruners!

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 21:25

Well they are best in my opinion. Durable, clean cuts and easy on the hands. I garden for a living and they are in use every day, sometimes, especially at this time of year when a lot of pruning is done, they are in my hand constantly. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them.

Trees in Pots

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 18:24

You can grow almost anything in a container, the size of the pot will restrict whatever you plant. Native tree's aren't usually grown this way, so some of the ornamental trees and shrubs would probably be a better bet. Just remember pots need to be as large as possible to give the roots room to grow and spread. You need to start small with the pots then graduate up as the tree or shrub grows. The potting medium needs to be soil based, so look or a John Innes No3 potting compost, available at garden centres. Personally I'd go for Acers for trees, slow growing, but very pretty. Fruit trees do well in containers, and the list of shrubs is endless. The other thing to remember is watering and feeding, which has to be done on a regular basis. Hope this helps.


Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:08

If it's well rotted, you can do it just before you put them in, but if it's not it should be composted first.

plants needed for a hot raised bed

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 13:11

You could try helinathemums, lavenders, cistus, pinks all of which like hot dry conditions. You'll get plenty of suggestions.

Climber for a north east wall

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:16

Rose Mdme Alfred Carrie would be a good bet, semi evergreen and will give a very quick coverage in a year or two. It does best with a wire frame, but the effort is worth it. It'll flower from June right through till christmas if the weather is kind aand the flowers, white with a hint of pink, smell delicious.

Montana's can be a pig to control as can the virginia creeper and neither have the almost year round interest provided by the rose. 

Forsythia suspensa

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:09

Well whatever forsythia it it nut, it desperately needs a prune.

Unexpected soil problem.

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 22:43

I think your problem is below the imported top soil. I think if you dig down you'll find you have compaction. It's a common problem on new build properties where soil is compacted by heavy machinery and top soil is dumped on top. The only real solution is to remove the current top soil and and break up the subsoil which will allow water to drain naturally. It may be there is actual concrete below the top soil, which again is a common hazard.

Rose problem

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 22:32

It's actually caused by an insect nibbling the emerging leaf which causes the effect you see, but it's not something to worry about, and won't harm the rest of the plant.

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 22:26

Marigolds don't actually deter greenfly/blackfly in my opinion, but they do attract hoverflies which feed on them. Usual result is less if not no pests. I did try it for myself planting them together in the same pot, the results were fewer tomatoes, so now I put them near the tomatoes again fewer pests and more tomatoes.

There was a recent test in GW mag about feeding and watering toms and watering every 3 days seemed to produce the most toms with feeding once a week. I don't think it makes much difference when coming to bags or pots although as pansy says pots are easier to move and tomatoes aren't deep rooted plants anyway they spread to the space available in bags, and depth of pot ,I find, doesn't seem to make a difference just the width at least 8 inches. As for feed I buy Wilko own brand, they are all made by the same people it's the cost that's the difference and personal preference.

Best of luck and feel free to ask as many questions as you like, the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

Rose problem

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 20:49

Could be sawfly caterpillars chewing through the leaf joints, but as you say a pic would clarify.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Shrub ID

Replies: 6    Views: 183
Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 14:08

Uploading pics

Replies: 3    Views: 145
Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 17:58

New Pots in bags

Replies: 12    Views: 285
Last Post: 22/01/2015 at 19:00

Compost Advice

Replies: 11    Views: 485
Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 12:33

PM for Artjak Compost advice

Replies: 0    Views: 194
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 15:06

Plant ID's please

Replies: 12    Views: 522
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 10:23

Two ID's please

Replies: 25    Views: 626
Last Post: 16/12/2014 at 20:42

Winter 2014/15

Colder than Average Winter Advisory 
Replies: 21    Views: 954
Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 15:33

Funny Wildlife

Squirrel V Woodpigeons 
Replies: 2    Views: 253
Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 21:40

Best Thornproof Gloves

Replies: 3    Views: 1076
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 23:10

Clematis for a dry bank

Replies: 6    Views: 570
Last Post: 09/04/2014 at 15:20

Peach for fan traing

Replies: 3    Views: 398
Last Post: 13/02/2014 at 21:19

Colder weather is coming!

Replies: 17    Views: 2350
Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 17:54

Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
Replies: 8    Views: 714
Last Post: 12/10/2013 at 00:56


Hold in invasive roots 
Replies: 5    Views: 1326
Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 20:33
15 threads returned