Dave Morgan

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Box plants

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 12:26

Box is traditionally cut on Derby day in about May. You can trim them now to neaten up the late summer growth. Feeding box is simple, a high nitrogen fertiliser like growmore in late winter usually March will normally see them through year. You can alternatively feed with fish blood and bone. If they're in the ground they won't need watering, potted only if the compost dries out.

Budlea Bush Pruning

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 20:15

Desperately easy Paul, hardwood or softwood cuttings, cut a 10 inch length off now and put it in some gritty compost in a clay pot and set to one side. It may well have rooted by spring. Softwood from the new growth in spring early summer again into gritty compost and they root in a few weeks.

Grow for Great Britain

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 17:34

I know given sufficient space I could supply my household with all the veg I would need to feed myself and and now shrinking household. The problem is space. I can grow all my summer veg quite easily in ground and in pots, the bulkier veg need more space. Fruit I can do as well, except for bananas. But it's a complex subject and some have raised very important issues about trade. Food waste is huge issue, with the bigger supermarkets trying to be all things to all people and failing spectacularly over stocking huge quantities of food. The system of food production is geared to mass production with a fall in quality standards, resulting in a growing demand for locally produced food with higher standards of welfare and quality. It would need a sea change in attitudes towards food for the larger non gardening population to seek change, which is unlikely. I think we can make a small difference, and from little acorns mighty oaks grow. 

Last edited: 28 October 2016 17:49:51

HELP Non flowering Hydrangea

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 21:04

I'll give anything a try Verdun, and Dove it's been read the riot act more than once and shown the secateurs in my most menacing fashion, not that that's any thing to be scared off, and there's so much s**t at the farm next door going begging it'll get heavy mulch next week. If none of those work, then it's on the death list.

HELP Non flowering Hydrangea

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 19:39

Okay I have a hydrangea in a clients garden, a mophead, which has been pruned correctly, and sits in a bed with two other hydrangeas both mop heads, and planted in clay and the bed is mulched with bark. This one hydrangea will just not flower. The other two do, prolifically, but this one just will not produce a flower head and hasn't for the past few years. They don't get fed normally but this year I fed the non flowering one some tomato feed for several weeks. It's really healthy but no flowers. The client doesn't mind , but I do. Has anyone got any suggestions?

Salvia 'hot lips'

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 19:37

I'd move it now. Cut it back after moving and take some cuttings, it propagates very easily. The act of pruning simulates new root growth. Taking cuttings is the insurance.

seeding compost with Mycorrhizal fungi?

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 15:19

Not sure that it will Pete. If you re watch the clip it says the fungi need plant roots to thrive and survive. So as compost heaps are full of dead material I doubt the fungi would cope with the heat or the lack of suitable roots. I can see what they mean about seed and potting compost as stuff is growing in it, but compost heaps don't, they have different fungi and microorganisms in them. I'm perfectly willing to be corrected mind you.


I don't believe it!

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 10:58

Considering Americans view rugby as a far tougher game than 'football' it'll be nice to give the colonials a chance to entertain with their rather inferior and drawn out version.

Bare root roses

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 12:58

Jaffa, best thing is to heel them in a quite unused spot in the garden. Just need a slit trench then heel them in. 

Echinacea plant

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 19:30

Echninacea thrive in my garden. Full sun good drainage, they are mid west American prairie plants so try getting the conditions right.

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