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What's this plant I have...

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 17:51

We'll expect photos when it flowers by then the upgrade will be working and you'll be able to post your own photos

Please help with ideas for plants to trail over these walls

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 16:48

The herbaceous ones don't climb so I think they'd work well there.

Boggy rocky mess!

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 15:09

Welcome Kayray and don't worry

We'll enjoy helping you make a lovely garden.  Can you post some photos of the garden and give us some idea of the direction it faces, and whereabouts roughly you are

To post a photo click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post.  If you can't see the icon, or are having difficulty, let us know.

Shrub ID

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 15:02

Wot!  No cassettes???


Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:48

Has to be plants of the same family.  Roses onto roses, apples onto apples etc.  Pears can be grafted onto quince 'cos they're closely related. 

What's this plant I have...

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:44

Found you in my Junk file


 Lovely!  It's a hydrangea of one sort or another

Cut last year's flowerheads off just above a pair of fat green buds - scatter some Fish Blood and Bone or Rose Fertiliser on the soil around it and hoe it in lightly.

When it flowers we'll have a go at telling you a bit more about it.

It likes to be in semi-shade but can cope with sun as long as the soil doesn't dry out, and it strikes easily from cuttings.

Bug Recipe

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:23

It's simpler

Bug Recipe

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:16


I find that a simple solution of a few drops Ecover washing up liquid in half a pint of water in a hand sprayer deals with most things if the birds and predatory insects aren't doing their duty.  Aphids usually get a fierce jet of water from the hosepipe.  I always leave some for the birds and ladybirds, otherwise they might give up and go elsewhere for their breakfast.

What's the secret to raising strong tomato plants?

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:06

I grow mine outside and I grow them hard  - only watering when the foliage begins to flag, then giving the soil/compost a real soaking.  Sometimes that means only watering them once a week, even in sunny weather. 

They get fed when the first truss has set and again when the second truss has set.  That's all.

We get very little BER or (fingers crossed) blight, and we find the flavour of the tomatoes very good indeed.

If you listened to Gardener's Question Time last week, you'll have heard the experts recommending a similar regime to ensure well flavoured tomatoes. 


Shrub ID

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:00

All my plants have records (I think) - it's just finding the records ..............

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