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Pampas Grass

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 17:54

Find the gardening heavyweight. There's no easy way to get rid of pampas grass, just brute force I'm afraid.

Nondescript shrub ID

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 17:45

That's either a plum or a damson.


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 14:53

Get some grit and put in the base of the planting hole. If you can dig in some well rotted manure at the same time that will help lighten the soil as well.

Storing Onions

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 10:27

I think you should have dried them first then tied them Graham. If you tie them too early it retains the moisture around the neck of the bulb which leads to the rot. I dry mine for a few weeks before doing anything.

What kind of climber support?

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 10:23

You are better off using wire supports for all of them. Get the screw in vine eyes. They provide a stronger frame especially for the rose and wisteria. Drill the supports into the brickwork for the wisteria not the mortar,wisteria is very heavy.

Pruning Roses

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 22:35

You don't need to be fussy about pruning them now. Wind rock can be a serious problem for roses over winter. The instability allows water to collect round the roots and subsequent frost will freeze the water collected killing the rose or seriously weakening it for the next season. The wind this evening will cause serious damage depending on where you are, it's howling here, just an angled cut and firm them in with your heel afterwards. Don't worry about looking for outward facing buds its getting colder and there won't be new growth. Next spring you can worry about the necessary pruning regime. You can mulch them now of you wish as it will rot down over winter and be a good start for next spring.

advise please

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 12:25

The sweet peas should be in deepish pots but I just sow them in 9cm pots not that deep really. They'll all slow down now anyway it's going to get a lot colder over the next week so I wouldn't be in a hurry to do anything. If they were in a full GH I'd prick them out but in a small plastic one it may be insufficient to protect them anyway. 

Lavender growing in temperate country

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 10:35

The most important thing for lavender is drainage. A mix of 50/50  grit and compost is best a feed every couple of months in spring and summer will see it bloom well. Once the flowers are over trim it back to new growth (don't cut into old wood) and it should be fine.

black spot

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 15:09

Personally I'd start again. I've found it difficult to reinvigorate older roses after serious black spot. Some have come back but it's constant attention and some time's it just easier to cut your losses and start again plus the cost of roses means they are easily replaceable.


Posted: 13/11/2015 at 09:39

If you've got weed seeds geminating in the compost bin just turn it. They die off if you exclude light.

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Shrub ID please

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Shrub ID please

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Shrub/Tree ID please

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Uploading pics

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plant ID

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Cut down Perennial Poppy?

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Plant ID's please

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