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John mcleod

Latest posts by John mcleod

Front lawn ideas

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 15:15

What about a copper beech hedge up the side on the driveway on the left, I think even if you put low shrubs in they will still cut across it! What about perhaps lavender along the front of the garden and some low growing perennials 

Improving soil

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 23:04
I live on a new build property and have worked hard in the garden since the I moved in in 2012. I grow perennials and some annuals as well as shrubs. The soil is very poor and does not hold moisture at all. I am wanting to start to improve it for next year. Unsure what to use thought. Been reading a lot about using horse manure (would need to get this from b&q etc) or a fine bark mulch or a high grade top soil. Does anyone have any recommendations on which method would be best to us? I do not grow any acid loving plants

Tree Help

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 21:42
It ihas been planted for two years. It has been very dry here and the soil is not the best. I have been watering ir every so often. I do not want to over water. Would a watering can once a week suffice? Thanks for your help!

Tree Help

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:53
All the branches are affected. However all of the branches have new growth at the very end

Tree Help

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:31

 I think this is a flowering crab apple tree, the leaves are supposed to be copper, however is looks ill, and the leaves are falling off it.  There is new growth on it which is health.  

It does get sun most of the day shade late afternoon, the soil is pretty dry as it is planted in a new build garden 

Does anyone have any idea how to revive it? I did scatter some fish and bone meal in the spring under it. 

Honeysuckle Problem

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 15:14
I was not sure. Just because some of the leaves are falling off and going yellow. There is no problem with the new growth though. As it grows will it lose the leaves from the base of the plant?

globe thistle cut back..

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 14:41
I too have one and love it. So dramatic. However it does take over a bit! I do not dead head mine as the birds seem to like the dead flowers Not sure of dead heading them promotes more flowed

Honeysuckle Problem

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 13:32


Does anyone know what is happening to my honeysuckle? It is growing on a south facing fence, the soil is pretty dry and I water it during the summer.  Any ideas??

Plant feeding

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 12:08
That's great! Do you get better flowering with tomato feed rather than miracle grow. I find miracle grow turns some plans into monsters and they never flower such as cosmos

Plant feeding

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 11:10
I has the same question, however if you are feeding pots with summer annuals in them, how often would you feed with tomato feed?

Discussions started by John mcleod

Cosmos Seedlings

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Heating/Insulating Greenhouse

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Last Post: 09/01/2015 at 23:18

Clematis Query

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Last Post: 10/09/2014 at 15:53

Improving soil

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Last Post: 19/07/2014 at 15:34

Tree Help

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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 23:14

Honeysuckle Problem

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Last Post: 07/07/2014 at 15:43

Painting of fence

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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:31

Morning Glory

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Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 19:04

Greenhouse base

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Last Post: 16/02/2014 at 09:05

Wood based cat litter

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Last Post: 01/03/2014 at 12:31

Greenhouse help

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Last Post: 13/02/2015 at 18:14

Mulch or top soil ??

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Last Post: 03/09/2013 at 22:28

Problems with sweet peas

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Last Post: 19/07/2013 at 23:59

Cosmos problems!

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Last Post: 06/04/2013 at 09:11

Water plants for a wildlife pond

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