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Ground warming - good idea?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:21

It's a bit early to start warming anything. It will suppress weed growth over the winter, But really unless you have a serious weed problem, it's better to leave it open to the elements over winter. Fork or dig in the compost, I presume you mean farm yard manure or composted material, then let the worms do the work for you. If your'e warming a bed for early veg then late february or early march is the best time. There's usually no need to warm soil in an ordinary garden.

Hebe Black Knight

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 19:55

I don't think I'd be too worried about it. Black Knight is foliage rich, it will flower, but in my experience (mostly of other peoples) they can be temperamental. Hebe's grown from cutting's take a while to get going anyway, but at 2ft it sounds fully grown. They like full sun and a free draining soil, so are the conditions right. I don't think it's one of the most heavily flowering hebe's either, it's more a foliage plant. Some Hebe's are flower mad, other's aren't. I tend to think having had a look about it's grown more for foliage than flower. It's a great foliage plant, maybe another variety would suit you better, it depends what your'e after.

Azalea leaves turning brown

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:24

Feed with an azalea/rhododendron food, you can get it from GC's, shops and online. Change the top 2 inches of compost and add fresh ericaceous compost, then water it in. Be careful when changing the compost as azalea's are fairly shallow rooted. You can break some roots, but breaking too many will stress the plant. You should see the benefit next spring. 

Planting wallflowers in containers

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 15:12

Split them into single plants and plant 8 inches apart, then water them in . Don't soak the roots, they hate having their feet in water. If your'e planting in containers add some grit and reduce the planting distance by half for a more concentrated display. And while your'e at it add some bulbs beneath them giving a layered effect. Tall daffs would be my choice Don't worry how they look, they'll soon perk up once planted.

begonia corms

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 14:30

Makes sure you dry them thoroughly, kitchen windowsill is fine, brush off any excess compost. There are various methods of storing them, paper bags, dry compost, sand even, but as long as they are quite dry it doesn't matter which method you choose.

Azalea leaves turning brown

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 14:27

It isn't unusual to lose leaves from any azalea at this time of year. I see it all the time in different gardens at this time of year. As long as it's fed and watered new growth will come back. You don't say if it's in a pot or in the ground. Potted azalea's tend to drop leaves when under watered and under fed. A mulch is always a good idea at this time of year, use ericaceous compost. The buds for next years flowers will already be there, so feeding will help a little. 

Trimming Lavender and Wisteria

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 22:33

Can I back what Hostafan has said. A Wisteria needs drilled in vine eyes and 2 or 3mm wire with tensioners. It's a heavy plant when in full flower and especially when wet. Whats there at the moment will pull out of the wall if it gets any bigger.

Begonia corns

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 16:46

Dry them on the kitchen window sill and pop them in a paper bag. Some say dust them with anti fungal powder, but I find if you let them dry long enough they don't need it. Make sure you get as much soil/compost off as you can.

Tree Dahlia

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:29

There's a list of suppliers on the RHS website.

Sweetpeas over winter

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 22:20

I'd be guided by the weather next year Digger. Sweet pea's are pretty hardy and can go out fairly early if the weather is good, so leave them where they are till next year. Box is a tough shrub, if they are well rooted they can stay outside, in pots or buried at soil level to prevent frost damage.

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