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Posted: 23/03/2015 at 12:18

It sounds to me as if the shrubs are in need of re-potting.  The soil has become acidic, compacted and stale.  Remove the shrubs from the pots and repot either in John Innes No 3 or ericaceous compost if they are ericaceous plants.  Make sure there is plenty of drainage in the pots and add extra grit if needed.  

When repotting first give them a good soaking then tease out some of the roots to make sure they're not rootbound and gently remove the moss and soil from the top - put them into slightly larger containers so they will have new compost at the bottom, around the sides and on top. 

Finish off the top with gravel or grit.

Lemon advice please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 10:42

I'd say the pots are too large - better to keep them in something no bigger than a standard yoghurt pot at that size - in fact that's what I used to grow my seedling citrus plants in


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:57

Morning Verdun - if the sun's gone in it might be a good idea to put your shirt back on


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:55

Morning Pdoc - any spare space in that skip?  It would save us a trip to the tip - we've some broken plate glass and a broken mirror to get rid of as well as a load of books to take to the charity shop ... I'll swap you some space in your skip for a large piece of Dorset Apple traybake and a cuppa ...

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:51

They'll be much better in a cool conservatory - as long as it's frost free.

As for filling the raised bed - don't forget to leave room to work in a goodly layer of well-rotted manure

Pond and surrounding advice please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:47

Mr Pink - along with the pond we're increasing groundcover planting and low shrubs (we already have mature trees) and yes, a wider range of birds are using our garden.

Gemma - I think that last summer we spent more time on our tummies gazing into the water than we did in front of the telly

Sickly looking Peace Lily

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:27

Hi Ellie

When was it last fed?  Has it ever been repotted into fresh compost?


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:24

Good morning all - sharp frost first thing but the sun's melted it all now!   We have stuff to take to the tip and the charity shop later and some h****w**k to do - still too flippin cold for gardening Brrrrrrrrr!  

Lots of attractions in Cornwall - glad we booked our holibobs before Verdun started ripping his shirt off in public - they'll be putting the prices up!  OH still remembers the original Demelza fondly - apparently she was more 'developed'  and 'rounded' as a character

Did you all spot the original Ross playing that nasty judge?


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:30
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

very off topic, am I the only person who couldn't give a flying fig about Richard 111 being re-buried.?

I have to say , I've not heard a single person talking about it, apart from channel 4 who seem to have invested very heavily in it.

On the other forum I'm a regular on, one member who lives in York is very 'enlivened' about it all - otherwise not heard a peep from anyone.  Call me a cynic if you like, but I think it's been seen as a money-making opportunity by a lot of band-wagon-jumpers - yes of course, give his bones a decent burial, but filming the cortege etc - who's mourning?   Ridiculous!!! Hurrumph hurrumph ... 

Is soil contaminated?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:23

It's most likely to be one of many types of fungus that feed on the decaying roots of dead plants.  I wouldn't be worried about planting there although I'd probably replenish the soil with some well-rotted manure and/or leafmould and some Fish, Blood and Bone. 

If planting another shrub in that area it would be helpful to use a micorrhizal root powder.

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