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Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:38

Yeah, I'd never seen them on trees when I was a kid either. I couldn't believe it when I moved here and saw them. But still nothing like the ones in Northumberland.

Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:34

Yes, I was saying that about a conifer I have. I had to water my daffs and foxgloves on Sunday as they were wilting. The conifers roots go out a long way though. The neighbours must have cursed the lady that used to live here planting them all around the edge of the garden. 

One one side of my garden there was no fence just the privet hedge which wasn't that great considering the conifers that were there. I was loathed to cut them back because I didn't want to lose the privacy but the one that had grown into a tree got a good chop. That ones is now magnificent while the others are still recovering. I think had I given them all the chop them I'd have a much better hedge now. You live and learn though.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:27
Lyn wrote (see)

I sowed a packet of seeds last week, everyone germinated.  I once saw someone on the tv say it was so quick and easy to grow that they just  treated it as an annual. Anyone else tried this?

 

I read that they treat them as annuals in the US in the southern states because they don't get the cold in the winter. Having had seedling plants from the nursery though I'd have thought it would make more sense to keep three or four plants to grow as perennials, that is don't crop those ones for a year. 

What variety did you get, that is fast germination?

Privet Panic

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:20

That's all well and good in theory, and if they top growth is in excess to the root then it's good advice, however you will get stronger plants not cutting back if the roots are in balance. The reason is there's energy in the wood you'd be cutting off. Energy that would be used by the plant to help grow roots, not to mention the leaves you're cutting off which will feed the roots. As I said in another thread I did a small trial with dogwoods and the ones I didn't cut back are much stockier plants now than the ones I did cut back. When I planted my mixed hedge a few years ago I left them the first year and cut them hard back the second. They romped away afterwards and easily and quickly grew back to where the height they'd been before cutting back because they had a good root system to push up the shoots. Had I cut back the first year what would be pushing up new shoots? Not much. cut back the roots and the top and you don't need to be told what will happen. But don't take my word for it. Do a trial. 

Stagnant rain water

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:09

Prasanna sorry I haven't got back. By all means add grit but it's the organic matter that will really open up the soil. 

Appalling Customer Service!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:07

thanks everyone. To be honest I've been really busy and had bigger fish to fry so I've not thought about it since. I'll just never use them and never recommend them. Needless to say I didn't get another reply from the little manure ball.

I have a saying:

The mark of a great company is not what they do when things go right, it's what they do to put it right when things go wrong that makes them great.

I've had that exemplified a few times in the last few months. I've got another one to add to my list but I'll save that for another time.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:56

Brrrrrbbbbh but it does have the lovely 'country smell', I'll give you that.

seedlings

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:55
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Well, I don't know what to say.

Here I am germinating hardy perennials one after another. Never washed a pot, not fussy about where the water comes from, no hygeine at all.

Never had a problem

But there's no heat, perhaps that makes a difference. and plenty of air circulation

 

I don't think you're growing tender exotics in a stuffy kitchen though are you nut? I don't bother washing pots  most of the time either and I don't have a problem with botrytis either on the whole. I do see it on basil I buy from the supermarket during the winter but if you clean it up ASAP and open up the plant it's us usually the last you see of it. But the OP obviously has a problem with it, but if what you're grown needs heat and protection, all the conditions for botrytis then what are you going to do?

Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:47

I never thought about it I don't think so. There's all kinds of little professional tricks you can do. Notching is the most brutal but very effective. It is half way to laying the hedge. 

Peter Beales

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:44

Sorry FG I only just got this notification. You don't like blue flowers? Wow, they are my favourite. 

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