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Plant propagation

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:09

Philadelphus, I would take semi ripe cuttings now. A really strong new shoot should just be at the right stage. Up to 6 inch long, cut below a leaf joint, dip in hormone rooting powder or gel,stick 4 in  the corners of a 3 inch sq pot of gritty compost. Cover with plastic bag or stand in a propagator tray with cover on. You will not need heat. They should root by the end of summer and I would pot on when they start with new leaves in spring.

Hawthorn Hedge

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 15:41

Water it well. A new hedge will need a good soak of water at the roots at least once a week during the summer. If it has much top growth, any rain will not reach the roots.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 14:33

Clarington, some don't need training, they are just upgrades or replacements for older versions.  They all come as pick n mix, but its always the accountants that draw the line at the training. They dont understand that its not what the training costs, its what the lack of training costs.

Spear and Jacksons new Kew Gardens range of tools - any good

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 14:27

I bought one of their neverbend  root breakers last year. Thats pretty good . Better than breaking another spade handle anyway.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:40

I'm hoping he will trim tonight and I can plant after, but at the moment he's sorting out someones  messed up 3D scan of a balcony rail.Emergency job,they want it yesterday. It appears that the man that scanned it doesn't know how to open the software.  If you spend £100 k on laser scanners and £50k on the software, why do the accountants think they are saving money by cutting out the £3k training course?

More good guys

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:31

What area are you in, greencab?

Plat/Weed Identification Please.

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:27

Mine invade through the hedge. If you let if flower, you'll find out its pretty invasive.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:48

I cleared a load of couch grass from a patch of clay. then I dumped 5 trug bucketfuls of FYm on it and forked it in. I know the couch will come back, but at least it should be easier to fork next time. OH is going to trim the hawthorn at the back of the border, then I will plant the Bishops children dahlias there for this season to see what I've got. A lovely magenta purple one has opened. Cant plant until he's trimmed, otherwise his size 12 boots will stomp all over it. He's not very balletic in the borders.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:36

Otherwise you get scabious come up as antirrhinums!!!!!

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:26

Sage for stuffing.


Lots of mint... spearmint for mojitos and pimms. Applemint for mint sauce.

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