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Hard pruning pyrancatha hedge

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 09:50

I have a small pyracantha hedge, which I prune all year round.    I just lop it off whenever I have the time and I think it needs it.    I try to cut back to the flowers in the summer, and the berries in the autumn.    It is a tough plant - cut back as often and as much as you like!


Posted: 24/10/2012 at 16:50

Our greenhouse, in a south-facing garden, gets some shade from trees, but gets some direct sun too.    This means we never have to use greenhouse shading in the summer, or wash it off later!    We avoided a spot where trees actually overhung it, so that falling branches weren't going to cause a catastrophe.   We have a water butt on each side which fills from the guttering we installed, and keeps the greenhouse going.

My advice to anyone considering purchasing a greenhouse is to pay the extra it costs for safety glass.    I once threw a stone over the fence into a hedgerow, only the throw went wrong and it hit the greenhouse instead.    The stone just bounced off!   Phew!   The saftey glass is certainly worth considering if you have children or grandchildren using your garden.   

Plant id

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 22:16

Highly poisonous - don't grow this if your garden is visited by children!

When do you plant seeds taken from this years plants....

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 22:14

When I save seeds and am unsure of when to sow them, I check the seed packets in the garden centre!

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 22:05

Daffodils should be planted by end of October, which gives you a little time to enjoy your other flowers.    I usually try and squeeze mine in between the summer plants, using a narrow bulb-planting trowel.    Tulips should never be planted until November, as others have said.

Acer problems

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 17:23

Acers need ericaceous compost

What's the strangest thing you have ever grown in a pot?

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 22:24

I think virtually anything can be grown in a pot, though some plants will need bigger pots than others.    I have seen roof gardens which are all pots and twelve foot high trees growing!

Planting Bulbs and Squirrels

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 22:12

I use cutttings of holly stuck in between the bulbs to deter the squirrels.    It looks better than chicken wire on pots, and the holly stays green for weeks.

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 22:57

I have listened to it for many years now, and the thing I have learnt from it is that there isn't any one answer to a problem.    The experts often have different views.

Oh, Geoffrey Smith.    What a wonderful gardener he was, and he spoke with such a passion for his subject!

Grey Water

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 22:53

It is quite safe to use on soil, but not on plants to be eaten.    I prefer not to use it in pots.    Rain will help dilute it on the soil, but you may get a build-up of detergents in pots.

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