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Latest posts by Dave Morgan

What fertiliser to use on my allotment?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 09:49

That combination is fine.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 22:35

Spray with soapy water rose, they hate it. No need for chemicals, a few drops in a spray bottle and they soon go. Or get Lacewing larvae natural predators. You will need to spray anyway with soapy water or you'll get sooty mold. Roses look daft covered in bubbles but it works.

Decking and rats

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 16:59

I sounds daft but take a hosepipe and put it under the decking and leave it on overnight if you can. If rats are raising a litter they look for a dry environment, very wet conditions make them move the den. Then you can shoot em.

Rose Maintenance

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 16:47

If they're spindly, prune them harder, cut out the weaker stems and leave three or four thick stems. Feed mulch and water them, don't be timid with roses they love being pruned hard.  

Preparation for a siting a shed

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 16:40

Sheds aren't that heavy so the base doesn't need to be that deep. If the slabs in place were relaid to a decent standard you could use them as a base, probably cheaper than a concrete base. But if you decide on concrete you can do it yourself. You create a frame just larger than the area of the shed, fixed into the ground with wooden stakes, mix your concrete, 1 part hardcore 2 parts sharp sand and two cement. It should be 4 inches deep. You'll need a mixer, you can rent them by the day or week. However it's often easier to get someone in to do it for you. It's not a big job. Just be careful where you put it though, you can't change things once the slab is down, you can if you use slabs, and they are different to lay but easier to  take up.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:20

Hosta's leaves aren't hardy so May would be the best time to put them out. Mine are in cold frames so a cold GH would be ok. It's not the cold air which kills plants, it's the freezing of leaves which does the damage and that only occurs when they are in direct contact with the frost( unless it's minus 10 or below that is). 

Growing Dahlia's from tubers

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:08

They're better off in pots if growing from tubers.

Echinacea from seed

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:05

Bit longer even chicken, just be patient, mine took almost a month last year.

Neighbours and overhanging plants

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:03

If she's doing that she's actually complying with the law, but as for her assertions they're tosh. Privet is a good hedge for some nesting birds, so removing it would be detrimental for wildlife. She can put a fence up on her side without removing the hedge, not beneficial to wildlife. I think you just have a bad neighbour. 

I have  bad neighbour so I make my garden as colourful and as wildlife friendly as possible,(his wife nags him to do more with his garden, brilliant revenge to hear the arguments). As long as you know your'e doing the right thing ignore her and put her garden to shame, it really is the best revenge.

Rose Maintenance

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:53

It won't hurt to use rose clear, blackspot spores will be present on stems and the soil surface, they lie dormant till the weather really warms, treating now reduces the population, just make sure you treat on a warmer day with no rain forecast.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

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