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Posted: Yesterday at 14:42

I generally leave them one season, if they're decent in season 2 , they can stay, if not dig them up and chuck them into the compost bin. 

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: Yesterday at 14:40

I've moved two specimens of S G , both died. Good luck.

not easy being wildlife friendly!

Posted: Yesterday at 10:08

we have ( at least ) one fox family on our land, and they seem to keep the resident rabbits under control. I've not seen the deer lately ,so hopefully he / she has moved on. Slugs and snails have been bad this year. I reckon last year's mild winter helped more survive.


Posted: Yesterday at 10:01

I shred my newspaper . If you hold it and tear it into narrow ribbons of about 2cm / 1" and add them, they're more manageable. Newspaper will tear either from top to bottom, or side to side, depends on the Paper. Times is across but I think the ( hate ) Mail, goes top to bottom.


Rock garden

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:37

sounds like a good plan Rob.


Lifting Dahlias

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:34

Rob, we used to live in Hants with very sandy soil and not much rain. I didn't lift my dahlias and only lost one after a nasty winter.

We now live in North Devon on heavy clay and I'd not dream of leaving them in the ground. I have to lift all 200 odd plants and store them in the garage over the winter.

I'd advise you to carry on dead-heading as you rightly point out they'll waste energy forming seeds.

Getting rid of a rambling rose

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 10:54

I'd agree you've gone down far enough to prevent any re-growth.

Lifting Dahlias

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 10:26

I'm with Dave. If you have the heart, if you cut all the flowers off, I believe all the energy associated with their production goes to swelling the tubers.

Rock garden

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 07:10

A true rock garden should be like a natural outcrop. Make sure the rock strata all align otherwise it will look like a currant bun.

replanting strawberries

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:49

if the gound is workable, I'd do it now. The soil is warmer now than it'll be in Spring, so they'll root well now.


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