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Emma Crawforth


Latest posts by Emma Crawforth

Talkback: How to plant a blackcurrant bush

Posted: 16/02/2012 at 15:05

Hello Geoffrey,

Blackcurrants can be planted throughout winter, however, don't plant if the ground is frozen or waterlogged. If you have bought bare-rooted plants and your ground is too wet or frozen, then keep them temporarily in a bucket of moist compost so the roots don't dry out, but get them in the ground as soon as you can.

Emma

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Sweet peas

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 17:05

Hello green fingerd will,

Your sweet peas should flower this year. Most varieties are annuals. However you don't need to start them in the dark. You'd do better putting them somewhere light. Have a look at our advice on sowing sweet peas

Emma

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Talkback: The benefit of freezing weather in the garden

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 16:51

Hello woody3,

My broad beans also flopped in the recent cold weather but I'm confident that they'll be OK. Sowing them in autumn gives them a better chance of beating pests and it's well worth it even if some of the shoots don't look that good now. As for your purple sprouting, it should be pretty hardy, but it may be suffering as a result of the low rainfall we've had recently. Broccoli is a thirsty crop. I won't advise watering in case it suddenly freezes again, so I think wait and see is your best policy. I hope you get some good dinners out of it,

Emma

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Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 16:31

Hello raised bed makers,

If you don't have a supply of weed-free soil you can buy large (1m cubed) bags of topsoil. You can have them delivered. Although it won't be cheap, the advantages of weed-free, pest-free and pathogen-free soil are huge. If you start off with good soil you'll reap the benefits of great crops without trouble in your first year. And if you keep the weeds down and practise crop rotation, you'll be able to keep it that way!

Emma

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Liquid Feed

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 16:15

Hello Dahlia Lover and yellowcone 87,

I agree with yellowcone87 that the best course of action now would be to pour the contents of the bucket on the compost heap and start again. I am sure it will be full of nutrients but they'll be useful in the compost and that way you won't harm your plants by overfeeding them. To see how to make nettle feed, have a look at our feature - 10 uses for nettles.

Emma

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Talkback: How to take rosemary cuttings

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 15:16

Hello Mary,

It's early to try cuttings at this time of year but if you have some spare compost and pots, you could try heel cuttings to see if you have any success. You pull a new shoot away from the main stem, so that you retain some bark from the main stem on it. Trim off the bottom to make a neat 'heel'. Also remove some of the lower leaves. Plant the heel end in free-draining compost. Water, then cover the whole lot in a transparent plastic bag to stop the top leaves loosing too much moisture. Place it somewhere warm and light, but not sunny. I'm not going to promise you success at this time of year but it won't take you long to do if you already have the materials.

If you don't get any roots this time you can try the process again in spring. That way you can save the remains of your plant and start again with a fresh one later on.

Emma

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Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 14:23

I would like to recommend the Leyland Cypress as a tree, if you have an enormous garden. At Bedgebury Pinetum, which everyone who has any time for conifers should visit, they have a whole avenue of them. It is magnificent.

Emma.

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Talkback: How to divide water lilies

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 14:18

Hello Pearse,

You can divide your waterlilies in spring. So not long to go now.

Emma

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lawn

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 13:57

Hello Denise,

Before you give up trying, have a look at some of our lawn projects:

How to maintain your lawn

How to renovate your lawn and

How to improve your lawn

My lawn looks terrible at the moment because I didn't spend enough time raking off dead leaves this year. There are lots of dead patches where the leaves shaded out the grass. If you have a lot of trees over-shadowing your lawn, you're likely to find it difficult to grow anything other than a shade-tolerant seed mix. Otherwise it's likely to be the soil that's causing trouble so keep up with the aerating and adding top-dressings. It's amazing how you can improve the soil a lawn is growing on with the grass still in place.

Emma

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Hellebore - Something Lovely in The Middle of Winter

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 13:43

Hello hellebore fans,

you're just at the right time to have a go at breeding some new hellebores, so why not have a look at our project and have a go!

Emma

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Discussions started by Emma Crawforth

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Winter pruning

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children and gardening

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lawn edging shears

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sweet peas

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