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Bay trees help

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 17:01

They're not going to put on new leaves at this time of year, but hopefully in the spring you'll see new growth. 

I grow mine in a loam based John Innes No 3 and added horticultural grit in a ratio of 1 part grit to 3 of the compost.  

Bays are quite hungry plants and I feed spring and mid summer with Fish, Blood and Bone and in the summer I spray the foliage every couple of weeks with a seaweed-based foliar feed. 


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 13:03

Just back from my first ever session of 'Short Tennis' with a group of 'over 60s' in a church hall down in the village - had a brilliant time - haven't played tennis for over 40 years and even back then I was rubbish at it, but a lighter racquet makes all the difference. 

I was a bit worried as I couldn't find my knee support, but I was fine (I have ordered another one though, better safe than sorry).

Now I need to buy my own racquet

Removing mould on plant pots?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 10:37

The prices I've seen some of them fetch at country auctions have to be seen to be believed - and they're usually bought by someone who's going to sell them on for double the price.

Just look at the prices of these

Where to buy in Wiltshire

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 08:29

The thing is, there is nothing else that height that provides exactly that elegant angular silhouette and wonderful autumn colour - believe me, I've looked and looked - and so far I've managed to resist getting one - repeat :  I must be strong, I must be strong ....


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 08:25

Hmmm - I think you should let us be the judge of that Pdoc ......... Good morning

Planting Irises

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 07:38

That looks like a bearded iris - the rhizomes should be planted immediately into free-draining gritty soil.  Lay them horizontally in the soil with the top surface exposed.  They should really have been planted as soon as possible as they don't really go into dormancy as a bulb does.

Best of luck


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 07:25



Good morning all  G'day Pat

Wind dropped, pink and blue skies.  No damage that I can see, other than the windbreak around the PSB needs adjusting again.  It was jolly blustery in the night tho'!

Pat, I heard the news about the bush fires - awful


Removing mould on plant pots?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 07:15

Agree - efflorescence of salts/minerals because it's made from a natural substance - one of the advantages over using plastic/silicone etc - it will weather and change as it gets older.  Some people go to a lot of trouble to get this effect

If you go to an architectural salvage yard or even a country house auction you will find that weathered pots fetch much higher prices than 'new looking' ones.

New Allotmemt- help with designing needed

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 19:18

Charlotte - do you know the Streetlife website?  It's a local community site that you can ask for stuff or give it away or sell it (plus lots of other stuff).  You could ask for old scaffold boards and other timber, and all sorts of gardening stuff.  The other day our local one had two compost bins being given away. 

Have a look, I'm sure you'll find it useful

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