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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.

Plant ID please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 20:47

5 is a young Cordyline Australis.

science behind frost protection?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 13:26

John, damage occurs when frost actually settles on the plant. This causes the internal structure of the plant to freeze leading to death/damage. Covering the plant stops this, generally the thicker the covering, the more protection a thing gets. Layering affords even more protection, just like clothing, trapping layers of air between each layer. I use fleece down to temperatures of -5, and only removing it when the temperature rises. A cloche or bottle will help, but fleece would afford more protection. Obelixx advice is perfect for the temperature you describe, personally I prefer fleece, but either would be sufficient.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

New Pots in bags

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Compost Advice

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PM for Artjak Compost advice

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Plant ID's please

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Two ID's please

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Winter 2014/15

Colder than Average Winter Advisory 
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Funny Wildlife

Squirrel V Woodpigeons 
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Best Thornproof Gloves

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Clematis for a dry bank

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Peach for fan traing

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Colder weather is coming!

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Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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