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Could anyone identify these aloe vera plants please?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:41

Think the second is Aloe aristata, third is either Aloe amutadensis or Aloe ellenbeckii. Last two are almost indistinguishable from each other. To most of us they are just succulents.

Newt in school pond

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:24

Looks like a common newt( or smooth newt), fairly widespread and not that rare. You obviously have a good school pond. They emerge this time of year to mate, so as little disturbance as possible would be good. It's not a great crested, so you haven't been lucky, and it being a school pond would bring problems of disturbance and questions of protection.

Frogs and newt happily co exist, there are many myths about wildlife.

Try to get the teachers to discourage dragging the weed from the pond. Weed is a habitat for many pond dwellers. Get the teachers to explain it and the importance of weed. They probably haven't got a clue so neither will the kids.


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:12

You can prune now, mulch and feed it afterwards.

Raised Bed Advice Please

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:09

Weeds germinate whatever you put on the topsoil Eric, I really wouldn't bother it's a waste of effort. You say 9 cubic metres of soil, it must be a long raised bed for that much. Even so a top dressing of good compost is all that's needed, 2 inches at most, that's what most in fact nearly all gardeners use (50mm), will give you a good start. If you want to improve fertility, then wait till you see how anything planted does. You will probably find most things will do well anyway. There's no need to over feed in fact doing so weakens plants. Fill the bed with soil then fork in the top dressing. Water it well and start planting when the weather warms and the soil isn't cold to the touch.

Feel free to come back to the forum for any advice and no question is daft or lame, everyone will help.

Raised Bed Advice Please

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:07

I'd make it soil, paper, soil, compost, to keep the best of the nutrients in the top layer. If it's only 40cm deep I wouldn't even bother with layers just soil and compost, the paper won't add much.

Talkback: Choosing nutrients for your plants

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:01

If and I mean if you want to feed it, growmore is more than enough. But best to give it a chance first.

Skinny leeks

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 14:25

No daydaisy, just plant them a lot earlier in June or July.

smoke bombs for greenhouse

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 10:42

It's always best to clean a greenhouse. A mild solution of bleach will do the job, then if you want you can use a sulphur candle as well. It's the start of spring so no real need for bubble wrap now, do that next autumn if you've got things to over winter.

Grass cuttings

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 10:35

Grass seed isn't that expensive emma. Leaving clippings in an area won't give you new grass, but it may improve the soil. If you want grass in the shaded area, buy seed suitable for shaded area's. It's widely available (amazon), and sow the area. Now is the perfect time to start and if done properly you could have a lovely grassy area by mid summer.

Best plants for clay

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:43

Roses love clay, most of the gardens I work in are on clay, roses are wonderful, although black spot can be a problem.

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