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New site - bugs

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:26

Hello Insomnia 1973,

This is a problem that we're aware of and our technical team are looking into it.

We're sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. If you're looking for a particular item, the search button will take you there.

Emma team

Horsetail - Help!

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:17

Hello HyppyByker,

Have looked at how to control marestail / field horsetail in our problems section. It's tricky stuff but you can use glyphosate, and now's the time to do it.

Emma team

Strawberry Plants and Fruit bushes - weed control

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:00

Hello NJJ272,

I agree with marshmello that cats love gravel, but they do not like large grade gravel, so you could use that. They like the small stuff that looks like a litter tray.

Emma team


Biggest Aspidistra ???

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 09:36

Hello Jean,

I love aspidistras and yours is a fine specimen. They are great house plants because they tolerate neglect so well, and I think the simple glossy leaves are quite classy! We grew a lot of them in a public garden I used to work in. We had to keep them under a bench in one of the glass houses to prevent too much sun from getting to them.

Emma team

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 14:54

Hello weejenny,

We've asked for some work to be done to make pages 2,3,4 etc. visible on the site. Sorry for the inconvenience to you before that is done.

Hello dambuster,

Our previous winners are here.

You can also find them by using the link on the Win page

Emma team

Are there any Dahlias with a perfume

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 14:28

Hello MuddyFork,

There is some breeding of scented dahlias going on. I've come across 'Hy Scent' and 'Honka'. It's definitely more common for them not to be fragranced. It would be interesting to hear from anyone who is growing a fragranced one.

Emma team


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 12:17

Hello amateur gardener,

Callicarpas are best pruned in spring. You don't want to cut off all the branches that will bear the beautiful berries. However, when you do it, you need to cut it back to the kind of framework you'd like to have in the future, so getting rid of some of the bushy growth. If it's in the way of other plants now, you could trim off a few offending branches. Otherwise I'd leave it till spring.

Emma team


What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 11:44

My rhubarb is loving the rain. It's enormous. Not very red, but tastes fine.

Emma team.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 11:36

Hello Moonlit Hare,

borage is a beautiful, but very shortlived plant. So letting it seed around is definitely the best policy. Also, why not collect some seeds to sow in pots? That way you spread the risk of not getting plants next year! Do cut back the flowering stems when you've got all of the seed out of them.

God luck with your overgrown garden, it sounds like a great project!

Emma team

Unidentified growing object!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 16:45

Hello le jardin anglais,

I agree with Allymc that it's phytolacca. It can be a bad weed, although it's pretty spectacular.

Emma team

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