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Simple question alert!

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 21:13

Tootles, cut them to about 2 inches above or so,

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Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:05

Hi Jodie

i can give limited advice as i am perhaps a year or so further down the line than you in terms of being a novice. one thing i would definitely say to you is, walk before you can run .. i have wasted lots of money, time and misguided effort trying to do a thousand things at once that i didnt have enough knowledge or skill to achieve. this forum is a godsend i must say - i have learnt a lot just from reading and applying to my own cases. yes its essential to make mistakes as thats how we learn - however you can minimise your losses by starting small. 

as Clarington has asked above, what plants do you like? you will find sticking to growing something you actually like, as opposed to what you think you should be growing, will give you much more back than trying to force things. it can be overwhelming - so, SO many plants ... lots of them beautiful ... but really try hard to limit them down to a handful that are achievable within your timeframe. and on that note, be conservative with your commitments, as things in life crop up. allow some time to be flexible.

good luck and happy growing!

New Hedge Decisions

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 15:16

good thread. the front of my dads house is in need of hedging since he cut down massive conifers. the stumps are left in the ground still, way too big to move and no tools to do it at present. i think i'll attempt to remove the stumps soon, prepare the soil and hopefully be ready in autumn to plant the hedging. its off a main road so im not sure if birds will nest, but im open to any suggestions on what to use, wildlife friendly

Please recommend a lavender - will be in a large pot.

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 13:36

Hi Edd - is that 35cm width and 80cm depth? how many plants do you have in that space?

Simple question alert!

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 13:19

i managed to get 5x tulameen and 5x autumn bliss from B&Q for £3.98 per 5 canes - so its worth checking if you have a local. as its right at the end of the dormancy period for them, some places might have canes they want to get rid of and reduce the price.

much like Jim Macd says above, you'll find once you take the soil away they may or may not be single canes. i had 8 single canes and one plant with 2 canes out of the 10 i bought. as for growing in pots, this is my first year of growing them but i have 2 canes in a 46cm wide pot - time will tell if they do any good!

Companion planting for veg

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 09:32

i shall be attempting to do the same as you this year. i have officinalis, tagetes tenuifola and french, which i planned to stick with/around the tomato and potato areas.

sorbaria sem pruning

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 22:51

Hi, quick one for you more knowledgable folks. i have a sorbaria sem that has thrown up 3 root suckers, and has a lot of new spring growth come through already.

is it too late to prune this now the growth has begun? also generally speaking, if there is new growth on deciduous shrubs/trees is it still OK to prune them or is it too late at that stage once growth has started.


can you prune rose now with new leaf growth?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:21

update. pruned the rose yesterday, re-potted it and mulched it. hope ive done it correctly ...


can you prune rose now with new leaf growth?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 14:34
hi, about to prune a rose but see it's for new leaf growth. have I left it too late?

quick bare root raspberry question

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 11:24

thanks Edd.

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