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Posted: 24/02/2016 at 06:15

I've got a large Skimmia which never produces berries. How can I tell if it's male or female? Also, if it happens to be female, could I acquire  a self-fertile plant to pollinate it, or would I need a male?

Draining a pond

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 09:37

I've got a pond which is about 3m x 2m, which I'm thinking of partially draining to clean around the 'shelves' , while leaving the fish in the central deep section, which occupies about a third of the surface area. I have so many fish that I don't want to have to put them all in a holding tank. Of course, it could be that they will get too crowded in the water that remains, but I won't know that until I start draining. Any suggestions?

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 11:06

Buddleja cost nothing.

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:44

My experience is that a hardwood Buddleja cutting will turn into a flowering shrub very quickly. I want a short turn-around, get the flowers for perhaps as little as one season, and then get rid of the lot if I fancy it. If I plant, say, 30 cuttings, I don't want to have to dig up 30 established plants, even if the roots are near the surface.

It will be an experiment.

I might repeat it with Lavatera.

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:29

Thanks obelixx, I'd never heard of Buzz.


Lyn, I don't want the roots to be able to establish, I've dug up so many in the past.

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:42

I have removed most of the Buddleja from my garden, but I saw a table full of them at the garden centre which looked interesting en-masse,  and now I fancy planting a small area for low-growing flowers...but I'd like to be able to easily remove them after perhaps only one year, rather than letting them establish themselves. How best to achieve this? Sunken pots? 

Inadequate water-butt hose

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:37

Dorcas, that's what I've got, but it does affect the flow rate going into the butt quite significantly when it's raining hard.

Inadequate water-butt hose

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 06:52

It's a fair point, and in fact I have recently raised the butt, simply because it used to overflow. Now the hose is pretty much horizontal, which is, I believe, what's recommended; but yes, the flow rate is lessened.

I suppose the answer would have been to angle the hose down slightly, whilst making sure the point at which is leaves the downpipe is still higher than the top of the butt.

Inadequate water-butt hose

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:01

In continuous rain, I checked the water going into my main water butt; it wasn't going as fast as I'd expected, so I pulled the hose off the downpipe to check for blockages. Unhindered by the hose, the water gushed out the downpipe. There was no blockage, it was just the inadequate hose itself which impeded the water so much. Now I'm thinking of just directing the downpipe straight into the butt, to get all the water.

Has anyone else come across such a problem,and how have you solved it?

Turning a compost heap without hurting the wildlife

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 12:37

My compost heap is home to many slow worms and toads. How do I turn it over without hurting them? In the past, some of the slow worms have sadly suffered from the fork going in .

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