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Young Pear Tree Help!

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:18

I'd let it flower. If it sets fruit, take them all off except one. That shouldn't harm the tree and it will give you a taste of what is to come.

First time greenhouse

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:16

Yes , yes, yes. And when you get the bug and want a big real greenhouse you won't have wasted a lot of money.

can this work as ingredients for compost?

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:14

If you have no real garden waste, I would go to Edds vermicomposting for beginners thread and go with that. Have you got any worms in it at all?  If not, do you know anyone with a good compost heap that can let you have a bag of brandlings to get started with.

Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:05

A grandiflora will not flower at 2m tall. My grandiflora Exmouth is 25 year old and has been flowering  sporadically through the last ten summers.  It is as tall as the house and the flowers can be seen from the upstairs bedroom window.keep the surface roots well mulched with well rotted compost or farm yard manure.

A much better magnolia for a small garden is M. Soulangeana . Try the garden centres. They will have them in big tubs already in flower. My soulangeana has flowered regularly from about three year old.

Newbie vs Weeds

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:23

You can get a special weed n feed for lawns from the garden centre. It kills broad leaved weeds but not grass. You should not put the mowings on the compost heap after you have used this.

Conifer producing dusty clouds

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:21

I thought it was the sand from the sahara

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:31

I paid with tesco vouchers for some seeds and added on 3 plugs of rozanne geranium as a special. Deliver before end of march. They came on Saturday last. bone dry.3rd doesn't seed to have any roots. I doubt it will make it.

 The coin is a £2 used for comparison. They're not what I would call superplugs.

What's the best thing to do with daffodils when the flower has died

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:27

Cut the flower head off to stop it using energy to make seed.

Give the bulbs a feed of general fertiliser, and let the bulbs die down naturally. Do not cut green leaves off or tie them up in ponytails or they won't flower next year.

Plant IDs please!

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:06

The yellow flowers at the top are forsythia.

Fuschia shrub

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:04

Fuchsias usually respond well to hard pruning. The cut down stems should shoot this year. If you cut the rest down next year, it should be rejuvenated.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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