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How to prune a climbing rose that's one year old

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 16:38

Those smaller shoots will grow, so don't take them out. As obelixx says create a lateral frame behind it and tie in those new shoots as they grow bigger. The more lateral they are the more flowering shoots you'll get. I use a wire frame pegged into brickwork, you can get the wire and anchors from Wilko.

Terrible soil conditions - help needed!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 19:28

You have to live with what you've got. Taking out all the stones will lead to the soil sinking and becoming even more compacted. The best thing is to add body to the soil by adding compost, bought in in your case. You can buy in bulk from your local authority (ton bags if your'e lucky). Add this to the soil, then you can think about seeding or turfing. It's a lot of compost but it's your only option. 

harden off before move to greenhouse?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 13:05

They'll probably be warmer in the GH than on your kitchen windowsill, especially with all the warm weather we're having, so there's no need to harden off.

Can anyone identify this please?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 11:29

Looks more like a moss than a grass,and your'e right improving drainage will solve it.

Weeds vs Slabs (pics inside)

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:54

Agree with Ceres, nice strong weedkiller and then see what you've got. Personally I'd replace them, they look very tired and the ivy will have weakened the supporting plinth. So consider removing the lot, budget allowing that is.


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:01

Guiseppi is a nice purple Santee is nice too. Crystal Lake is a light blue very pretty.

Have a look at this nursery, plenty to choose from.

Garden ponds

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 18:50

You can remove some silt, it's messy but if it's that bad then do so. As long as you leave the removed material at the side of the pond for a few days to let any wildlife get back into the pond it will soon settle down and get on with it. There's no easy way to remove the silt, waders or wellie's and get on with it.

How long to establish a Rambling Rose?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 13:48

Lucid, roses take a year to fully establish in my experience, even ramblers. I've rarely seen a rose give of it's best till the second year. However to give it it's best possible chance in the first year, get a potted rose, plant using rootgrow sprinkled all over the roots and in the planting hole. The union should be planted below soil level. Add bonemeal and plenty of well rotted compost or manure, then water it in and puddle it. Puddling is where you leave a depression around the rose, and don't fill it it till it's been there for a year. Reason being roses need plenty of water in their first year. Water it weekly with a full watering can (2gals), don't rely on the weather to do the job for you till it gets to winter. Then mulch it heavily, at least 2 inches deep. The following spring, feed it with a rose feed, mulch again carry out any pruning necessary and stand back. It should start to give you the display your'e looking for.

Help needed with this strange addition!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 21:13

Breeze blocks are easy to knock out with a sledge hammer and the concrete below probably won't be that deep, you'll probably be able to get a fork underneath it and just lift it. As for the clay, that needs breaking up, a pick, or mattock may be needed to get into it. It's a tough job but you have to get the basics right in order to get the lawned area you want.

Leeks & Spring Onions

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 21:05

Slugs don't like either of them so no need for treatments, neither do birds.

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