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Talkback: Growing veg in shade

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 18:47

It started yesterday, Friday 9 March.     You can always see it on I-player.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 04/03/2012 at 03:29

I like the idea of flowers in the veggie plot, too.   Two years ago we suffered badly from blackfly, but last year we edged the whole veggie section with different marigolds, and had no trouble at all.   It looked terrific, and due to the mild winter they kept flowering well into February this year!  

Our nasturtiums, grown on the opposite side of the garden, did suffer with blackfly last year, so we shall grow them together with marigolds in future.

Peace Lily

Posted: 01/03/2012 at 07:18

This plant does like moisture, but you may be overwatering.      I have one which is very lush with its foliage, but never flowers.   Can anyone tell me why not, please?

swiss cheese plant

Posted: 01/03/2012 at 07:15

When my swiss cheese plant outgrows its alloted space, I cut the top of the plant off, including at least one aerial root.    This will then root up in compost.   The remaining plant will also continue to grow.

I have recently done much the same with an indoor yucca which was threatening to go through the roof of our conservatory.    It is now just about a foot high, trunk only, and I am hoping it will do what the books say it will - shoot out again.     I also have seven pieces of trunk stuck in pots of compost/cactus compost, which I am hoping will also root and make new plants.    Has anyone had any success with doing this?     Any idea how long it will take before I see green? 

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 01/03/2012 at 07:09

Is anyone else wondering what is happening to the BBC Gardening page on their website?    


Posted: 12/02/2012 at 16:31

You cannot rely on one book having all the knowledge you need to make you a good gardener.    But, if you want a cheap source of books, try the charity shops.   They always have plenty of gardening books whenever I look.


Posted: 12/02/2012 at 16:27

I love these plants, but have never been able to get them to flower again.    I have had lots of new leaves, but no flowers.     Now I treat them like an annual - after all, they are as cheap as a bunch of flowers!

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 24/01/2012 at 21:25

I have moved peonies in the past.    They don't like being moved and tend to sulk.    I found it took them about four years before they flowered for me!

Remove Crocosmia

Posted: 24/01/2012 at 21:22

Some plants are just so invasive.    I had the same problem with crocosmia, and found it was just a case of keep at it.    Eventually I had taken enough corms up and confined it to a clump.    More do keep coming up, though, but after rain I find it quite easy to simply pull them out where I do not want them.     I also have the same problem with muscari or grape hyacinth.    I have been removing these from part of my garden now for a good two years, but there are still plenty there.   Perhaps another year of pulling them out, digging them out, etc., wuill do the trick, if I am lucky!

Invasive triffid-like bamboo

Posted: 19/01/2012 at 06:16

There seems to be only one solution to this bamboo, and that must be to dig it up.    It will probably take a long time to get rid of it, as I expect little bits left in the soil will start shooting again.    There are two kinds of bamboo.   One spreads and the other is clump-forming.   It is so annoying when a plant has been labelled with the wrong information, but you must now get rid of it, before it takes over your whole garden and demolishes your greenhouse for you!     Dig, and keep digging.    Sometimes these pesky plants take a couple of years or more to get rid of, but if you dig it out each time you see a shoot, with as much root as possible, you will eventually succeed.

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