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Posted: Yesterday at 21:12

Assuming you have now planted them in the ground, just water well and let the bees get on with it.  They like a rich soil, if you can throw some compost or well rotted farm yard manure in the planting hole, that will help. You can water using a cut off pop bottle sunk in the soil at the side so that water goes well down to the roots.  Feed once a week using tomato fertiliser.


Posted: Yesterday at 21:07

When do you prune them? I prune mine immediately after flowering, taking off flowered shoots, and some of the old wood. The new wood then has time to ripen and flower for next year.

Thirsty tree?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:02

Weeping willow will suck up a lot of water.

Need help with Oriental Poppies that have just been ripped up...

Posted: Yesterday at 18:43

If the petals have only just dropped off, the seeds will not be ripe, and will not grow.

It's the wrong time of year to take root cuttings. All you can do is  plant what is left and water in well. To be fair it is difficult to kill oriental poppies , but this person might just have managed it. The bits she took are unlikely to root  or transplant at this time of year.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 17:47

I watch the celebs wandering around with a glass of champagne in hand, and think it is a shame that they cannot have a raffle type draw for  long standing members of the RHS, say 10 years or more, to join the Gala evening. Instead there seems to be a lot of people there to be seen and not knowing anything about gardens. Not too much to ask for 10 years of membership is it? A random sample of real gardeners?

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 17:41

Hubby was against tenants after he had some house sharing on an all in basis. One of them moved his girlfriend in and she was in all day, with the heating on full blast and the windows open.

Dove, take it easy. Have you had your calcium and vit D levels checked.?  It sounds like a lot of break for a little slip.

RHS Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 16:09

we already have a thread. Maybe you could add to it.

name my plant

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 16:05

They look like broad beans to me too.  Bit overcrowded I would say. Can you get them in some soil somewhere?

Weeds and bramble

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 16:02

You will probably need a knapsack type sprayer. The hire shops have those as well. Make sure you are covered up while you do it, and only spray on a calm day. Glyphosate will kill anything green it touches, but then degrades into the soil.

Weeds and bramble

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 16:01

Welcome to the forum.

For land like that, dig out as much of the roots of brambles as you can. I would treat the lot with a spray of glyphosate, as a one off to kill all the perennial weeds , of which you will have many.  It will translocate down in to the roots  and kill them off over a period of a few weeks.  Then you can hire a rotavator and rotavate the lot. It is no good rotavating before you kill the perennial weeds as they will come back many fold.    Then you can either plant it up, or cover with thick black plastic to keep it clear until you plant it next spring. I know it would be nice to have stuff in this year, but inadequate preparation of the ground this year  will mean you are forking out things like bindweed,field thistle,  docks etc for years to come.

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