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worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:23're getting worse 

Do you take your coat off before retiring though?

Green soup in my barrel pond

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:22

Yes Keen barley straw's a well known solution and is available in all sorts of forms. You can get pelletted forms as well. Again it feeds on the nutrients the algae needs. If it's a big pond you'll need a fair bit! Has to be barley straw though not wheat! You might get some from a farmer if you have one nearby- it's dear from pet shops and GCs.

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 11:11

Pot washing- with you there Tim!

Pruning prickly stuff IDGM- yeh- high on the list too 

Browning on conifers

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 11:05

Doesn't look too alive Sarah does it? Think it's a gonner. Cold enough anyway where you are and after the winter and spring this year think that's been a bridge too far. What a shame.

You could always paint it green so that you still have the feature!

Did you prune it into shape yourself?


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:56

Hi Keen- just read this thread. Don't listen to Verdun - he's just jealous of my wings...

I was 27 before anyone else too- but I'm still younger because fairy years are different....

Lots of great people on here and tons of expert knowledge available from them - not just about gardens and plants as you will soon find out...cake's a strong topic!


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:37

chicky I know- I love them when they're covered in buds because you know the bees are going to be out in force shortly! Had one near the patio at last house and it was fantastic - just as you describe. Got one here -only just flowered a few weeks ago and there have been lots more bees around thankfully. There's a lot of clover in the grass where I'm doing the fence and I'll leave a good bit of that when I move the shed so that I can have a little wildlife area. Had to be careful yesterday as one bee was busy on a clover flower where we were doing posts- didn't want to stand on him! 

Don't think it's hammock weather here today- rain started now..

Fatsia japonica

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:01

I'd suggest you get the biggest pot you can and get as much rootball when you dig it out. Don't think you'd need anything specific in terms of compost as you'll see from the previous posts here. Mine grows in fairly neutral soil. Rich, damp but well drained, and some shade are the main requirements and I'd prune it back as it won't be able to support the amount of foliage it currently has if it's going into a pot. Just take branches back to the main stem - like you would when you take older ones off - and keep a nice shape. If you do it in late summer you could always use the prunings for cuttings and get a few more plants. A bit of tlc and a feed and hopefully it'll be ok! 


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 09:47

Morning all. Very late for me. Fell asleep on couch last night till 3am then went to bed and eventually woke up at half 8...unheard of!

Sunny just now but we're to get rain soon. Hopefully they'll be wrong like yesterday and I'll get something done outside. 

Is it just me or is there a slight 'underwear undercurrent' here this morning???

GG the rain gives you an excuse to have a rest today!

Woody that'll be very helpful for anyone who has deer problems. Having wildlife on your doorstep-literally- is great but it makes gardening tough!

Verd- you could always cut all your other planting down to match the new geum....

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 21:01

intangible...that's the word you're looking for...

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:51

Wondered where you'd been art 

Verd and me is learning speling and grammur and stuf...

I can ping and bump with the best of 'em. Hurts now though...

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