Garden Maniac

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Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 14:47

I have had a corkscrew hazel growing in a pot successfully for 15 years, and in that time it's not even been re-potted; the result is that it only grows to the size of the pot but still gets catkins etc.  

However, last year I created a new border and felt sorry for it - and yes, I took it out of the pot and planted it in the border - you can probably guess the rest - HUGE!! Evidently the pot stunting it's growth did not have a permanent effect!

In answer to the original point - yes they're fine in pots, and in hindsight I would have left it there... 


identifying problem with lawn

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:53

Looks like dog probs, although it does look a bit extreme - try dog rocks in the drinking water, but also rather than just dosing the lawn with water too, try a feed on the faded patches - I usually find this works if it is a dog problem. I have 2 dogs and a bitch - I usually find it is the bitch that makes patches, but it can depend on the heat too as to what effect it has... 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:36

I like 'Mucking about the Garden' by Leslie Sarony, a 1925 hit - very funny and always makes me think of my dad gardening when I was young!  I hum it all the time - it helps me focus!  

Grape Vine Problems...

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:29

I have cultivated a White Vitis Sauvignon vine for 3 years now, very successfully - this year however although the vine appears to have had buds and some leaves have appeared, they have instantly died.  I can't see any insect damage, but the vine (about 5ft tall) is bare, but still very much alive when I try to break a piece off.  What makes this all the more confusing is that there are 3 other vines in the same area and all of these are growing and thriving well... can anyone help please or has experienced the same??  

Courgette leaves covered in mold / white powdery mildew

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:23

Stir fries, curries and casseroles - all great for courgettes of any size and toughness - I even used some overgrown ones in the contents of a stuffed pepper this week; as long as they are well cooked they are fine!   As far as the leaf mildew is concerned - mine usually get it, whether or not you water from the bottom (I've tried all sorts of methods), and the fruits are still spot on; so nothing really to worry about...

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:12

Love that tropical looking display Bamboogie!  How do you overwinter it successfully? That's a look that I'm trying to go for...

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:10

Looks like several Cordylines together - a majestic looking plant(s)! Just think of the display that you could plant around that - a touch of the med all year long!!  Lovely! Shed relocation looks favourable! 

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 20:04
I never think it's worthwhile growing tomatoes outdoors - HOWEVER I do usually grow too many plants to keep then all indoors!! :) Therefore I do end up with plants in baskets etc (one of which has blight already) and plants anywhere I can sustain them. Can't say though I really notice a difference as to where they are grown in terms of productivity, but foliage and size of fruit suffers more in the outdoors - taste however, belongs to the greenhouse, I'm afraid!


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:47

When it has flowered, cut it back as much as you want to - mine is very forgiving!  I didn't prune it (other than soft stems) for the first 5 years of it's life - still flowers profusely though!  Lovely! 



Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:26

Hosetails - Dig them up - it doesn't stop it, but it culls it for a period of time - be prepared to do this perpetually though!! I have tried to live with this problem for 45 + years, since a child!  Whenever it makes an appearance, do away with it. Once it's there, it revels in the space and won't go -  you just move it on.  I've even tried membranes / paving over it and digging out a whole driveway- it just comes back to the side - all you do is move the problem. That's not to say persistence doesn't work - in the short term....I'm just prepared to do battle now every year. 

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