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Stump Removal

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 16:03

I would dig and tunnel around and beneath it - it'll be easier than trying to chop it to bits - then when you've uncovered the roots you can follow them to where they get narrower and saw them off - when you've cut through all the roots you can pull the stump out.    

I've removed stumps like that, when I was a bit younger, and I'm a girl 

It's a heck of a job but it's cheaper than gym membership and think how honed and toned you'll be 

unhappy Pieris

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 15:57

I'd leave it - it may go brown and die (just the damaged bits, not the whole plant ) in which case they'll fall to the ground or you can remove them carefully without damaging any buds.

 I'm sure the plant will throw out more new shoots to replace them 

Perhaps a dose of Fish, Blood & Bone, which is a slow-acting fertiliser, will give it a bit of energy in order to replace the buds.  Follow instructions on the pack. 

Pruning old roses and vines now

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 15:55

Hi Fiona 

What an exciting project you have!

Can you post some pics of the rose and the vine on here to give us a bit more information?  To post a picture on here you have to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar at the top of where you type your post and then follow the instructions.

I'm told it doesn't work for tablets and phones, but does for PCs and laptops 

unhappy Pieris

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 15:17

Perhaps that new growth has been caught by the night time  frosts we had this weekend?

Tree identity

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:51

Snap Forester 

Tree identity

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:51

It's the Davidia involurata - also known as the Handkerchief Tree or Dove Tree 

what to have when bluebells die down ?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:45

I'd plant hardy geraniums in amongst them - they die down in the winter and just start to regrow around the time that the bluebells start to flower - by the time the bluebells start to die down the geraniums will be bulking up and will cover the dying leaves, and then the geraniums wlll flower all the summer - if you want to keep the blue theme going Geranium 'Rozanne' is a very good one and the bees love it. 

idiot gardener needing some advice - may have just killed my plants!

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:18

Hi Jonathan 

Whereabouts are you?  Unless you're down in the south-west it's a little early for them to be planted out in the open yet - we're still getting frosts at night and frost will kill runner beans and pumpkins (and courgettes and tomatoes and chillies).

They may be on their way out I'm afraid - I haven't sown my beans yet - I'm doing it this week and sowing them direct into the ground.  If I were you I'd start again - sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but we all live and learn. 

As  for the pumpkin - I'd sow some more seeds in pots and keep them indoors until at least the beginning of June. 

Good luck, and don't hesitate to ask more questions ........ 


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 13:48

One of our cats was a dab hand at catching moles - thing was he brought them through the cat flap into the big porch which had a rainwater downpipe and drain in the corner and left them, alive and kicking, in the porch - although the drain was covered one mole managed to get into the drain where it died, and blocked the drain - as we found out some weeks later 

I'd try to turn your cats into daytime cats - we managed it. They seem to roam less then and that is safer for them as it keeps them off the roads a bit. 

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