London (change)
Today 13°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 7°C

Dave Morgan

Latest posts by Dave Morgan

Can anyone identify this shrub/plant thankyou :) Two photos supplied

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:54

It is elder, no doubt in my mind cut one of the stems, if it's hollow then it's elder. Philadelphus is in my opinion is out of the question, the stems aren't like that.

Seed Suppliers

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:34

Try Wilkinsons for some seeds, they are quite cheap, but the range is not as extensive as the major suppliers. Ebay has seed sellers and amazon, and the price of seed has been highlighted on this forum before.

Many of the major seed suppliers are part of research program's which develop the new varieties many gardeners are so eager to see, thus we have to pay a price for what we are getting.

It;s no excuse, but nothing is free. Try the seed swap thread as well most buy too much seed which we are happy to swap or pass on. 

Cut flowers at end of May

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:22

There are a whole host of shrubs which flower may/june, has your friend thought of using some of those?

Compost help

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:19

I think you've made the mistake many first time composters do. The error is to try to compost perennial weeds ie dandelions and alkanet, plus  quite a few more..

I did it and so have the majority of people when they first start so it's no big deal.

If you have a good dark, non smelly heap then you can use it. It may have some seeds in especially if it hasn't been hot enough, as heat generated kills the weed seeds.

It may be worth sieving the compost to remove any perennial roots which may still be there, but if you keep an eye on what you are spreading you can usually see any weeds still in the compost. Keeping on top of what you have spread will be tiresome but essential.

There's always something left after composting even some seeds, and unless you are hot composting you will have to make do for the moment.

In future don't compost the perennials weeds, burn them, and try to remove any weeds before they set seed, dandelions being one of the worst culprits.

Not many people garden by just raising and planting plants, garden maintenance is a large part, weeding, bug problems, feeding etc, mistakes we learn from and we all make the them.

I know you won't make the same mistake again, lesson well learned.

There is another thread on here about composting, but I can't find it, but others will point you too it.

How to stop bamboo growing & spreading? Does it grow through concrete?

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 21:56

Bamboo is a surface rooting plant, you can buy bamboo control systems via Amazon or Crocus. This system pushes the spreading roots upwards and you just cut off and roots coming over the top of it.

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 21:47

Okay, cctv linked to a passive PIR run off a car battery. Simple but effective. Someone breaks the PIR beam which switches on the camera, the light from the PIR lights them up. Smile your'e on candid camera.

My rose

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:59

Pot it up and see what you get. Most roses for mother's day are imported from Africa, but it's worth a go. Add some mychorzihal fungi onto the roots before potting to aid rooting.

Moving and transplanting

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:54

Yes basically just make sure you have a sufficient root ball. You'll be able to tell by digging firstly about a foot from the stem, if the roots don't lift extend the circumference around the root ball to 2 ft, then further if it needs it. Wrap the root ball in damp/wet sacking and move. It may weigh a fair bit depending on how big a root ball you have so be prepared.

Camelia Care

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:48

I'd feed it after flowering then in the autumn, it gives it fuel to overwinter.

Crazy Ivy

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 15:52

You can cut it back now, but you will have to check for nesting birds as disturbing them is a criminal offence.

There is also the probability of overwintering insect, particularly butterflies. If I were you I'd trim the top now to a manageable level, then in about July when most of the chicks have fledged and before some insects have laid their eggs.

You can't please all the wildlife so some will suffer, but leaving it a bit later will allow the ivy to recover and some food and laying opportunities for insects. 

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Clematis for a dry bank

Replies: 6    Views: 128
Last Post: 09/04/2014 at 15:20

Peach for fan traing

Replies: 3    Views: 102
Last Post: 13/02/2014 at 21:19

Colder weather is coming!

Replies: 17    Views: 722
Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 17:54

Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
Replies: 8    Views: 377
Last Post: 12/10/2013 at 00:56


Hold in invasive roots 
Replies: 5    Views: 586
Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 20:33
5 threads returned