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Good advice does not come quick

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 00:01

It depresses me a little that so many people just read the first answer they get and treat it as gospel. There is a Brazilian proverb which says "Haste makes a poor gardener"

New allotment

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 23:45

It's not so much a question of what but when. It's no use doing anything now except maybe raking/ ripping out the dead grass. The soil will be full of weed seeds which will sprout in spring. Leave it until there are tears in your eyes, April in most areas, then Glyphosate. Works in 10 days, no toxic residue and then dig over and plant up in late spring. Nothing else will really work in an area as bad as this. Good luck. Ian. PS: You'll probably have to repeat the process next year. 

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Minimum temperature for a frost-free greenhouse

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 23:39

1 deg C.


Posted: 06/12/2016 at 23:28

Wood used for human purposes is supposed to be treated with non-harmful chemicals. You pays your money and takes your choice.....personally I think sprinkling it on the ground with your fertilizer/mulch is less harmful than other methods of disposal.

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Posted: 06/12/2016 at 23:21

Tendonitis is not the same as repetitive strain injury. The good news is, if your doctor is right, your injury is not caused by work in the garden but is probably auto-immune. Hooray! I have I had it off and on for 20 years. In the meantime. Get a pair of long-handled secateurs which you can use two-handed if necessary. They are not easy to find but are some way between a common-or-garden secateur and a lopper. Loppers are great but not easy to manipulate for fine pruning. Another tool I have found invaluable for dealing with smaller plants is a pair of Bonsai scissors. Good luck and Merry Christmas from Brazil.

Agapanthus seed germination help please?

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 23:03

I sowed some Agapanthus seed 4 years ago here in Brazil. Of about 50 I got about 10 to germinate. Yes, the seed was fresh! A further 5 didn't survive transplanting to the garden and the remaining ones still look a long way off flowering.... I think you need new bulbs, but be warned: even they can take a while to establish. Good luck.

Roots being eaten

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 22:55

I think if it had been cutworms you would have noticed them at the time you examined for weevils. When did the deaths occur? Earlier in the year or recently? One of the commonest causes of plant loss esp. annuals is root nematodes which are very small and hard to spot. Petunias are annuals and will die in autumn anyway. Cold, wet soil kills many plants even pansies. If you want winter flowers they are better in pots, which are drier. Good luck.

Which plants have Monty's children found best grown from self-collected seed?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 13:51

Yes, Cosmos are very easy. Have you tried the orange ones (Sulphureus)? I bought some dwarf ones from T & M and so far they are coming true. I was worried they might cross with the tall ones but I have kept them well away and they don't seem to. - Ian

Which plants have Monty's children found best grown from self-collected seed?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 22:52

Looking forward to hearing from you.

clay soil

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 22:41

Yes fungus is a possibility, but it's easy to tell the difference. Fungus mycelium ( 'root') is stringy in appearance and when rubbed between the fingers will go mushy. It is usually brilliant white in appearance. If it remains dry and dust-like and grey or yellowish it is minerals. Also it is unusual for fungus to cover very large areas. It tends to form in discrete patches. You will also probably have noticed the fungi above ground around about this time of year.

Yet another possibility is cement from old buildings!! 

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