Dave Morgan

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Propagating Lavender from Clippings

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 19:25

They can take a while to root when taken late in the season Alexa. I take them and almost forget about them for a while. It's a case of patience. Don't treat them too well though and don't water too often and let the compost dry between waterings. They like a bit of neglect.

Grass Seed Hasn't Germinated

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 19:16

Eventually it will. It's going to get milder soon and we'll lose this easterly airflow so be patient.

Bind weed

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:02

I'd refuse the clients request. If it's what they want then explain the position. Digging out bindweed now is a hand fork job which will cost time and money. Client requests need to be listened to and then either accepted or told why not now. They'll respect you more for it than you realise. I do it all the time. Unrealistic expectations are the bain of my life. It's like dealing with children sometimes. If they want it done properly and it'll last then tell them. It always costs them more if they don't listen so point out the money bit, works for me.

End of October too late for grass seed?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 16:50

Night time temps are cold, but it's still relatively warm during the day. I'd do as Dove has suggested.

Fruit Bushes

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 20:57

They won't compete but they'll run riot. Unlike cultivated strawberries they throw out numerous runners a lot faster than than those grown for table fruit. If you want to be weeding them out, which is more difficult than it it first appears, for years to come then go ahead. They don't respond to weed killer  very well either.

Lavender from seed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 12:43

Guernsey, when you water from above the seeds can move about unless you top dress with grit. As for cuttings they're easy too. Heel cuttings and into some very sharply drained compost or even plain sharp sand. I do 6 to a 9cm pot and get 100%.

Brown spots on buxus

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 12:36

Have a look at the pictures in this link, see if there's anything similar. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

Foxtail Lilies

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:36

There's usually a central bud on foxtail's with a point to it. That's up. You just spread the roots out carefully and plant just below the surface.

Spindly leeks

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:33

Sowing direct into soil and leaving them till they're a good pencil thickness, and I mean good, works for me. I leave them till they're like a good spring onion then they go in. They do like well cultivated soil, usually they follow potatoes so a good spade depth of deep digging is always good. I usually manure the bed in autumn prior to the new pots going in and I add some chicken manure after the pots. They do seem to like a good watering in the first few weeks as well.

Lavender from seed

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:25

Guernsey they're usually very easy from seed, sown in gritty compost and watered from underneath. I don't prick out till they're about an inch high then pot into gritty compost and they go in a cold frame from a late sowing. Nothing special.

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