Emma Crawforth

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slugs and snails

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 11:49

Hello rosie plum,

You can water the soil with nematodes. Have a look at Pippa's blog on controlling slugs with nematodes.


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2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 11:37

As Rosie says, the killer, a predatory nematode, works really well on vine weevils.


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Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 11:28

I went to an event at a very posh nursery and found some houseleeks for 50p. I was very pleased with myself as I'd wanted some for a while and they require so little care. They looked a bit ragged but I was sure they'd be fine after re-potting. Not so - at home the compost revealed vine weevil. My bargain was not a bargain at all and the posh nursery should be ashamed of itself!


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growing tomatos

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 11:15

Hello Steven,

Here's Sarah Raven talking about growing tomatoes outside, some advice on sowing tomato seeds, Chris Beardshaw explaining how to increase yields inside and Monty on using growing bags. There is plenty of other information on the site. You can put 'tomato' in the search box to find it.

Concerning problems there's splitting, blight and mouldy leaves etc. etc., but I don't want to put you off!

Enjoy it - the flavour of home-grown tomatoes is unsurpassed.


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Talkback: How to care for orchids

Posted: 04/04/2012 at 15:52

Hi orchid growers,

sara, if your orchid came in a transparent plastic pot, leave it in there - it's perfect for moth orchids as they benefit from having their roots in the light.

Richard, my moth orchid flowers gradually fade one by one. I just gently pull them off when I think they don't look pretty anymore. If your stem is healthy and green, don't cut it off.

kater1, I water my orchids in the bath with shower water. I use slightly warm water to make them feel as though they are in a tropical forest. They do fine with this treatment which I do once a week.


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Very small orchard

Posted: 04/04/2012 at 15:29

Hello Helga,

Do you want to produce fruit? If so you'll need some pollinators. These are trees of other varieties that pollinate your trees (and vice versa) to produce fruit. Although some fruit trees are self-fertile, you're likely to get a better yield if you have another variety close by. Have a look at Adam's blog on choosing apple varieties. If your neighbours have fruit trees you could rely on them! Good luck,


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Posted: 04/04/2012 at 15:11

Hello Dave,

your seedlings could be affected by Damping off, which causes seedlings to collapse. Here is some information from the BBC website about the problem. Also, when you prick out seedlings, try to hold them by the leaves rather than the stem, as the stem is very susceptible to damage and infection. I hope you resolve the problem,



Bog gardening

Posted: 04/04/2012 at 14:54

Hello PRH,

That sounds like a wonderful idea. There are some great plants that you can use, often referred to as 'marginal plants'. Have a look at Joe Swift choosing marginal plants for a garden pond, or Chris Beardshaw growing marginal plants in a pot.

Good luck,


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Posted: 04/04/2012 at 12:23

Hi Percy,

What I'd like to know is what has happened in the past few years that you've been growing it. If you've already had it a few years, has it already self-seeded all over the garden and what did you do about that?


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How to plant a Rose??

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 15:34

Hello Raina,

To plant a shrub rose look at Monty's video.

Also have a look at our rose pruning project.

Also see our taking rose cuttings advice - you could get some from your friends for free.

And finally, here are some great tips in our feature Five ways to grow better roses

I hope you enjoy your plants,


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