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Dave Morgan

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Rose cuttings: timing

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:45

I'm like nut, I take cuttings and leave them almost a year before doing anything with them. I get the unwanted florists buckets, black plastics ones you see outside garages and shops, I get them free, and just plunge the cuttings into ordinary garden soil with some added grit. I get very few failures and when I finally tip them out they're ready to go straight in. Patience is the key.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:39

Post some to me too, my neighbours hedge is an unruly mess.

Sooty mould

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:35

Try this link to the RHS

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 23:34

Fresh frog spawn looks like a rather tight well defined lump. As the eggs develop they do go to look mushy, and very quickly. A frost will kill any exposed frog spawn, and that goes white and breaks down very quickly, under the water there will still be developing eggs which if left alone will hatch into tadpoles. The tadpoles will feed on the dead spawn, tadpoles are cannibals.

I'd be patient, it's not pretty I grant you, but leave it. It's nature behaving the way it should behave and nature can be ugly at times.

They wont take too long to hatch, just watch and get the kids too look at as well.

It's all a good natural history lesson for them.

Mollis has got it right with the oxygenating plants and marginals, and the debris/pond life.

Even in a neglected pond there will be resident wildlife.

Pond improvements

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 23:12

Pebbles provide a beach for insects, frogs, birds, hedgehogs etc to exit/enter, drink and is always a good idea. They also cover a multitude of sins and provide a pleasing look. Only one question, is it a new liner?

Hanging baskets

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:29

As long as you keep them frost free and watered wendy they should be ok.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 13:13

I think your'e putting too much top dressing on. The grass wont come up if you add 2 inches of top soil too it. You'll need to reseed it if you put that much on. Better to do it gradually, as for the maths I'm rubbish, but someone will know.

Jasmine Beesianum

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 13:09

Try this link to the RHS chippy.

Raised Border

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 13:08

I make raised beds out of old pallets, I get them free so do lots of things with them. It's basic carpentry and they are just as good and just as strong as scaffolding boards. All it costs is time and a box of 2 inch screws.

raised ponds.built out of sleepers and scaffolding boards

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:54

It's takes one inch of water to drown in welshonion. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Clematis for a dry bank

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Peach for fan traing

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Colder weather is coming!

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Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 17:54

Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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