Emma Crawforth

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Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 02/03/2012 at 15:40

Hello dog-lovers,

Suzi, I'm glad you're getting some good info! Here are some bits and pieces from the site about dogs in the garden. Firstly some advice about how to deal with dog wee. Secondly Adam's written a blog about his poodle when she was four and then when she was 5 - 6. Hopefully they will give you something to look forward to!


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Posted: 02/03/2012 at 15:02

Hello rucklidge,

Have a look at our vine weevil advice. As you'll see they spend a lot of time hiding in soil / compost. As you say, they do favour polyanthus and heuchera. In a nursery where I worked we made a point of vigilantly checking the 'h' section at certain times of year. I have recently discovered that Americans call them snout beetles, which is rather sweet.


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Posted: 01/03/2012 at 16:07

Hello sara41,

Collembola, or springtails won't do harm to established plants as they prefer to feed on dead plant material. They do favour moist conditions, and are commonly found at this time of year. It is possible for seedlings to be damaged by them but not to the extent that you need to throw out what you've already grown. If possible, try to water less. Good luck with your seedlings,


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Talkback: Ants

Posted: 01/03/2012 at 15:45

Hello karenlincoln,

In order to make good compost you need moisture in the bin. Have a look at Chris Beardshaw's video where he talks about layering wet materials with dry materials. It sounds as though your compost hasn't decomposed enough yet to be used as a mulch. Putting unrotted material on beds can actually harm plants. If you have a lawn, the best thing to do would be to layer wet grass clippings with the dry, half-rotted compost. Then it will all rot down well together. You may need to buy/make a second compost bin so that you can do this more easily. If you're not going to be collecting grass clippings, keep watering your compost. It will eventually rot down. Give it a really good soak as it can be hard to make water penetrate a really dry bin. If you can, move it to a shady area, so it doesn't dry out in the sun. When the bin is cooler and moister, it won't attract the ants.

Good luck!


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Hungry Deer 2

Posted: 01/03/2012 at 15:10

Hello Penny 57,

If you've seen your deer and they're about the size of a large dog, then they're muntjac. Have a look at James' blog on them. Richard has also written about deer in his blog. You'll see that both of them are thinking along the same lines as you! In a garden where I worked we had muntjac visits. They were especially fond of bulbs, but a very simple low fence made of bamboo and plastic mesh around the bed kept them off. It was only about 1m high. Not very pretty, but as it was a trial bed it didn't matter. However I'm sure you could find a more attractive material!


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Peace Lily

Posted: 01/03/2012 at 14:47

Hello bigsweirguru and gardengirl6,

Bigsweirguru, good for you for persevering, it's always more fun that way. Your plant needs low light in summer (it will be burnt by direct sunlight) and strong light in winter. It wants humidity and would like you to mist its leaves regularly. Stand it on a tray of pebbles which you keep wet so that as the water evaporates, it surrounds your plant with humid air. The compost should be rich in organic matter, but free-draining. The leaves will flop when it needs water. You should always keep it warm, a bathroom could get too cold but it does depend where it is. Propagation is done by division, as you have done. Looking at your pot, the compost looks a little stale, so top dress it with fresh compost and add a little slow release fertiliser to your top dressing. Take care with feeding because it can burn the leaves. Over-feeding promotes leaf growth at the expense of flowers. (This is probably why yours didn't flower gardengirl6). If you have added slow-release fertiliser to the top dressing that should be enough for the next few months. I would be tempted to cut off the darker leaves in your picture, they look as though they're on the way out, but the light green ones look healthy.

Good luck both of you,


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Pruning standard roses

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 16:04

Hello Cetti,

You'll need to prune your roses to make sure that they grow healthily this summer. A standard rose is pruned in the same way as a bush rose except that you need to ignore the main stem. The shoots that come out of this are the same as shoots emerging from the ground in a bush rose. Be sure to use sharp secateurs/saw and disinfect your implements regularly. Cut to a bud that faces in the direction you want the stem to grow. Outward buds are good as this opens out the plant and promotes airflow. Cut out dieback until you reach healthy tissue. Be sure to remove very thin stems, and stems that rub against each other. Finally, if you want some more encouragement, have a look at Adam's blog on this subject.


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Posted: 29/02/2012 at 15:38

Hello Poolcue,

I'm hoping you haven't started yet, so you can watch Joe's video on pruning honeysuckle first!


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Posted: 29/02/2012 at 15:32

Hello David,

You're painting such lovely pictures with your words. Is there any chance of you adding some photos to this thread? It all sounds very picturesque.


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Pots of scented flowers for late June

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 15:22

Hello sparklygardener,

hybrid musk roses come to mind. If you're quick you could plant some bare-rooted ones now. Sweet peas are also great for scent, but if you want them flowering in time it would be a good idea to buy them as plants rather than sow them now. I have seen plants advertised recently. If you have to grow the plants in pots, try to make your pots as big as possible, and fill them with good quality compost containing lots of organic matter. Try to keep your plants warm, i.e. by putting them in a polytunnel to get them into flower in good time.

Have a great party!


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