Emma Crawforth

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ligustrum ovalifolium Argenteum

Posted: 10/01/2012 at 16:52

Hello Welsh Dragon,

I've found some suppliers on the internet for you. Have a look at this link. There are some suppliers advertising this plant at the bottom of the page:


I also found some suppliers in the RHS Plantfinder, so it is out there. If you want to know about them, if you enable the message facility in your settings, I can send you more details.


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Posted: 10/01/2012 at 15:48

Hello Harry,

For an introduction, have a look at James Alexander-Sinclair's blog on bonsai:


You'll need to choose a suitable tree to grow. Popular trees to bonsai include Japanese cedar, Japanese black pine, Scots pine, crab apples and the elm parviflora. I would recommend that you get hold of one that's easy to find, like a Scots pine or crab apple. To keep it small, you need to trim the roots and branches. I gather that this is usually done as little as annually. However, do always look for and treat pests, feed and keep your tree well-watered. Having small roots it will not cope well with drought. Although they look like house plants, bonsais grown from outdoor species are best kept in the outdoor conditions they usually thrive in.

I've had a look at the websites of the big garden centre chains and at what's available via the internet and found plenty of starting kits to buy. Have a look at these: http://bit.ly/wMjZ03  See if you can find a bonsai collection at your local botanical garden. You should be able to get some advice there too.

It's great to hear that you're so enthusiastic about growing plants. Good luck and please tell us how you're getting on. And any experts out there - I hope you'll give us your advice!


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Rotavator Tines

Posted: 09/01/2012 at 09:45

Hello Ceris,

I wouldn't use a rotivator for that job. You could use a rake as per Monty's video:


or if you want to use a machine, there are lawn scarifiers you can buy. It sounds as though the more gentle raking approach, involving less severing of buttercup runners, would be best for you if you can do it. Creeping buttercup and moss are both signs of poorly drained lawns, so some aeration, also shown in the above video, would probably help.

Have a look at our advice on dealing with creeping buttercup below:


I hope you'll soon have both beautiful baskets and well-trained lawns,


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flower buckets, mushroom cartons and noodle pots.

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 13:54

Hello Dinah,

Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us. I especially like the idea of your border of mushroom cartons. It would be great to see some photos if you could post them on the site. I hope you enjoy the new growing season,


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Posted: 06/01/2012 at 13:48

Hello Fred,

I would go for the 15 litre pot. Have a look at Monty's video at:


for some good advice on giving your tomatoes the space for thriving.

Enjoy it!


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Slug invasion

Posted: 05/01/2012 at 15:38

Hello Campbell,

I'm glad you're soldiering on! I agree that a spell of good cold weather is a great thing for many reasons in our gardens.


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Talkback: Moss

Posted: 05/01/2012 at 15:12

Hello Chris,

It would help if you thought about what has caused the moss to be there in the first place. Moss grows on lawns that are wet, badly drained or shaded. Sometimes bad drainage is caused by the soil being compacted. That is why it helps to aerate lawns. This can be done using a machine or even just a fork, continually dug in and removed. Sometimes bad mowing practises will have helped the moss to thrive. If you think your lawn is wet, badly drained or shaded, can you do anything to change the conditions? If so, you have a good chance of growing good grass, where the moss was removed. 

Have a look at Monty's video on lawn renovation:



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Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 05/01/2012 at 14:52

Hello Olive,

Phalaenopsis, or moth orchids are epiphytic in the wild. Basically that means that they grow above ground in trees, rather than in soil on the ground. That is why the roots are greenish, and like to be exposed to the light, through a clear plastic, or glass pot. Although I have been told not to cut off the flowering shoots on moth orchids when they finish, some of mine turned brown and died this year, so I had to cut them off. As lilwead says, if you cut the stem just above the node where the last flower was, the stem should remain alive, and hopefully produce new flowers in a few months.


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Slug invasion

Posted: 04/01/2012 at 13:50

Hello Campbell,

As you say, both the warmth and the recent rain will have helped the slugs thrive. Have a look at our advice on dealing with slugs below:


If you're still looking for solutions after that, type 'slugs' into the search box and you'll find plenty of information about how others have dealt with infestations. Pippa Greenwood, who is an expert on garden pests, has written quite a few blogs about these pesky beasts.


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Moving Shrubs

Posted: 30/12/2011 at 12:10

Hello Janethales,

The best time to move your contorted hazels would be autumn. Have a look at Carol's video advice on the website to see how to go about it:


The smaller the bushes are, the easier it will be to move them without harming them.


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