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Dave Morgan

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Is this raised border too small for black bamboo

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 21:51

Even with concrete I wouldn't go for the invasive bamboo's. Clump forming bamboo including the black will do ok there.

Dismantling a wooden glasshouse

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 21:47

I think you'd be buying a nightmare Bluebaron. Unless you have very deep pockets that is.


Posted: 12/02/2015 at 21:41

I'd do as Monty says Liz!

Repotting my trees.

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 21:38

Cassie, tip them out of the pot, you'll soon see if they're pot bound the roots will be all around the sides. One size bigger is fine for another year. Tease the roots out and pot up with a suitable compost, John Innes No3 is the best. As for the rose, most roses had black spot last year, I treated fifty or more in the gardens I look after. With potted roses, I only move them up a size if they are struggling to produce flowers. I find good feeding in early spring, replacing the top inch or two with fresh compost, again John Innes No3 and giving a good feed with a rose fertilizer gets the best results. Spray with a fungicide as soon as the weather warms up spraying the whole plant AND the top of the compost. This reduces the chances of black spot. Keep it well watered and feed again after the first flush of flowers. Stressed roses are more susceptible to black spot, so if you keep on top of the feeding and watering, you'll get a good display. Inspect the roses regularly and spray again drenching the whole plant flowers and all at the first sign of any trouble, pick off any affected leaves, burn or bin them.

It's been nice and cold this winter so the chances of black spot will be reduced, hope all goes well.


Posted: 12/02/2015 at 14:27

It's probably the result of the fallen leaves rotting in the pond. A pond I look after has a bluish film, bit like a diesel film, I just scoop out the leaves and it goes away after a while, natural process this time of year really. 

New Allotment

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:41

Well after you've cleared it you'll need to see what the soil is like. It probably won't be that bad underneath, have a look at the other allotments to see what the soil is like and ask the other other allotment holders for advice, they are the best people to ask as they will be growing on it already. They'll be helpful, most are, see what they do and what works for them. None of here know what goes on on surrounding plots, the basics of digging, preparing, feeding, sowing and planting we can tell you about, some will wax lyrical, so cherry pick any advice and combine it with what you can learn from those surrounding you. Looking at it, start now and break the back of it while you can, by mid March you could be sowing your first seed. Good luck!

Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:30

They look very similar which is unfortunate for you. Set a trap, humane or otherwise baited with chocolate, rats and mice love it, that will confirm it. I suspect rats myself it's still a bit cold for hedgehogs to be out  of hibernation.  


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 15:09

Is it like a bluish film on the top of the pond?


Using Pine Needles

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 15:01

No reason why not, some plants prefer pine needles as a mulch, if your'e worried compost them for a few months and you can use them then.

Dismantling a wooden glasshouse

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 16:15

You may have trouble with that to be honest especially if it's wood. Back then GH's were made of wood with joints and very few screws. Usually craftsman work at that size and built to order. If it's painted strip the paint off first after removing the glass and take off everything you possibly can. Then take a look at each joint for nails or screws. You'll have to be careful taking any fixing out, and not damage the surrounding wood. Once the joint looks clear start tapping with a wooden mallet with a block of wood between the joint and the mallet. This'll save damaging the structure. Be careful to tap in the right direction so note how the joint faces. Some may come away easy others will be tough, so don't get heavy handed. Be prepared for breakages it will probably happen.

If you can afford it employ a good carpenter instead of doing it yourself, there's likely to be less damage that way.

Mind you none of this applies if it's metal!

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