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olive tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 23:12

I was tempted to buy an olive tree recently, but didn't have the confidence to keep it alive. Thought it needed a lot of heat. Can anyone advise?


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 23:09

could be it is too cold for them.  mine have just gone from a windowsill to the greenhouse and will probably stay there for a few more weeks.

not an expert, but from all other posts on this site, we need to keep an eye on what everyone else is doing at this time of year. i love that we can all learn from each other

Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 23:03

What you will find with trendy gardens, is that they are pretty much very quick to put together. The gardens that you and I love will take many years of attention and hard work to establish. 

The way I feel about a great garden, is that it is somewhere you can relax in your spare time or potter when you have 30 minutes, or stroll through when you have not much time at all. It doesn't matter how that garden is constructed, so long as you get pleasure out of it.

Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:52

Really feel for you Ellie (although I was entertained with your description of Bob's decline!). I hate losing any plant. Best of luck with all of this advice. Hope he survives. Keep us posted.

I have a couple of these and they do tend to be very tall and "leggy". I assume that is how they should grow?

Privet Hedges

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:38

I have not grown a hedge from scratch, but I do think privet looks best when it is dense. I keep mine very closely clipped and it always looks good, so I expect that the cuttings should be planted quite close.

I do find that most bushes will propogate in this manner, as per Gary's advice. Just stick them in the ground and stand back!  Much of my garden has been filled in this way.

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:20

I ordered a polycarbonate 8x6 greenhouse from the company below, on Tuesday evening on-line. It arrived Thursday. The two of us started to construct it on Saturday morning and had it finished by Sunday evening. By Monday evening, all my seedlings and young plants had been removed from every windowsill in my house into the new greenhouse.

The service from this company has been really good.  I received a courtesy phone call the day after my order to ensure that they had my instructions correct. All parts were delivered intact. Instructions were very good, although we did rush some stages in our eagerness, and had to go back to re-check what we had done!

I am really pleased with the greenhouse and I think I am definitely going to "spend many happy hours" there.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:47

I was give a rooted lilac sapling years ago by a neighbour. It has grown well and produced other saplings which I have managed to pull up (with roots) and re-plant elsewhere in the garden.  I now have 4 lilacs, but none of them had ever flowered.  This year 3 of them have flowered (one of them being the "mother" plant). I can only put this down to the pruning, as the un-flowering one was cut back the most.  This makes me think that I have been pruning too much, or at the wrong time of year. When is the right time to prune or should they just be left alone?


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:33

The main reason for earthing up is to protect the newly formed potatoes being exposed to the light. This would turn them green which is poisonous.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 23:13

For those of us that like a bargain, let me tell you about mine last year.  I went to B&Q at the beginning of May and bought seed potatoes that were on offer for 10p per net bag.  The potatoes were past their best and sprouting through the net, but worth a chance for the pennies they cost. I bought 6 bags, and would have got more, but I knew that I would struggle for space in the garden to plant them. I was really imressed with the harvest - quality and quantity - and will definitely try to get a similar deal again this year.

Talkback: How to care for orchids

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
I had two orchids on a shelf in my lounge and one didn't survive. I mentioned this to a friend, and he said to put the second one in the window and feed it baby bio. Now it is in full sun, the clear pot is inside a ceramic pot, it has produced two stems and is flowering madly. It is the most fabulous plant and I would be interested to know if I can propogate it. Any advice?
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