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Planting potted Daphne in garden

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 10:11

With the downward change in temperatures likely to continue, I'd still go with a late spring planting. The soil is rapidly cooling and only going to get colder, so planting a shrub now, especially a pot bound specimen will only increase the likelihood of losing it. Wrap the pot or bury it and do it in spring. 

Preparation for Hawthorn Hedge

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 12:56

If it's growing happily all around you Gemma, then I'd just plant without improving the soil. Clay is rich in nutrients so food won't be a problem. Drainage is an issue on clay, but Hawthorn is a really tough shrub and can cope with all sorts of weather, even occasional flooding that's why farmers use it. If it's heavy going clearing then double digging will be hell. Just plant them up.

Planting potted Daphne in garden

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 14:53

Well it will be root bound, no doubting that. The ground now is certainly cooling quickly and won't get warm till spring, ideal for roses, but not for Daphne, and burying it for winter will keep it safe. Watering till established will only take a can full every few weeks. Two opposing views never mind. It's up to Dotypoo now. 

Planting potted Daphne in garden

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 12:39

Sorry to disagree with Verdun, but I'd plant in spring with a Daphne. If your'e worried about losing it this winter, I'd bury it, still in the pot, to keep it frost free over winter. It's likely to be pot bound and if the long range weather forecast is correct, any roots near the outside of the pot will freeze and that won't do it any good. Daphne's are better planted in spring, they establish better. 

Daffodil bulbs

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 14:06

Yes Mand620 it happening in my garden too. Don't worry the cold weather is just round the corner. It'll dramatically slow any growth, and they'll come back later, when the weather improves next spring.

non flowering hebe

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 23:08

I find Hebe to be a bit sulky. They can be either huge beasts which need taming or fussy about conditions. Generally they like moist but well drained soil in almost any aspect, but just to prove me wrong one of my customers has a beauty growing well in heavy clay. If they are trimmed they do sulk, even if done lightly and it takes a year to get them to flower again, sometimes more. If you trimmed it that may well be the cause.

Plant ID

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:47

Could 1 be one of the spirea's?

Controlling woolly aphids on apple trees

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 17:05

Depends how big it is really, squishing them works for me, rub them off with a finger. Otherwise a spray, provado bug killer, a stiff brush will work, however a good cold winter will reduce numbers. You can take the organic approach and buy some lacewing/ ladybird larvae. They hide in crevices in the wood over winter so winter sprays are ineffective, it's best to go for them in spring when they emerge, so a combination of the above should reduce numbers.   

Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 12:58

Instead of splitting them, why not store for winter and in early spring repot and take cuttings. The new cuttings will form new tubers as they grow. I find splitting the tubers a bit fraught. You can cut the crown through with a sharp knife, but I'd suggest cuttings are the better way to go.

covering the gardenbbbb

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 10:26

It depends what your'e trying to achieve baza. Are you covering for any purpose?

Weeds will germinate throughout the winter and those under sheeting will lay dormant until you remove the sheeting.

Winter weather is good for soil as it kills off a whole range of garden pests from unwanted fungus to slugs and snails and their eggs. If you cover the soil it insulates the soil and becomes a haven for all sorts of pests and fungal spores. Soil needs to be exposed really. If your'e just worried about weeds, then weed now by hand, the soils wet and weeds will come up easily. Weeds will set seed even in winter, so getting on top of them now will cut down your weeding next year.

 

 

 

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