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Choosing plant for birds

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 15:11

If they are container grown plants then most times of the year when the soil is 'workable' ie not when its frozen. Spring and Autumn are the best times to plant trees/shrubs.

Sounds like you've got a bit more scope with the trellis aswell. If the pot you use is big enough you might get away with a climber aswell? Although i wouldn't encourage you to overcrowd it.

Good Luck

inherited plants

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 11:09

I would say that you can move most perennials now if the soil is workable (not frozen) including those Japanes anenomies Chilli Lover. The peony may take a while to flower but remember not to plant it too deep as it will sulk and not flower. If you are moving the tulips and hellebores soon make sure you get a decent amount of soil around the root balls when you dig them up and replant at the same depth.

fig tree

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 10:55

Hi Louise...If it were me I would start to take it into hand now and over the next 2 to 3 years start to get it back into shape. Start now by taking out any dead, crossing or diseased branches. This in turn should start to open up the canopy for those roses. Next year start to aim for a good shaped plant and then see if you can just improve it in year three. By then I should think you might have it somewhere to your liking. I wouldn't take out more than a third of it at any one time and try to avoid doing it if there are prolonged frosts forecast. Hope that helps a little.


Choosing plant for birds

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 10:43

Is the balcony covered.i.e has a roof and therefore shady? If so you could try Sarcocca or Daphne laureola. They both have small fragrant flowers in late Winter/Spring and black berries in the Autumn.


If the balcony is very light what about a crab apple grafted onto a dwarf rootstock?

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 10:34

Hi Wild about flowers....a little tip about the Cowslip seeds. They are part of the Primula family and need a period of coldness to break the seeds dormancy, therefore you should not be putting them anywhere that is heated. They are usually sown in the Autumn and left over Winter and should then germinate the following Spring. Not sure how cold your part of the world is at the moment but I would keep them cold for the next 4 weeks approx. I have left seeds out in the coldest of Winters and they have still germinated. Hope that helps.

planting broad beans

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 10:52

Not sure where you are planting your seed i.e. allotment? but another cause could be mice. They like this sort of large seed. Unless your seeds that have sprouted have turned into vigorous plants already then its not too late to fill the gaps with more seed replacements as they`ll soon catch up.

Best time to move raspberry canes

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 10:45

I think you should be fine to move them. The soil is warming up and as long as you keep them moist and mulch them they should be fine.

shape your hedge

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 16:06

Hi...What hedging plant are they and how high do you want them to grow eventually?

Pruning Neglected Bay trees

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 10:11

Hi tracey. Are the trees to stay in pots and if so can you put them into slightly larger ones? If they are to stay in the same pots and have plenty of root then i would be tempted to lighty root prune them aswell. This will encourage new root hair growth which will help the plants to feed themselves. As for the pruning I would leave the strongest new shoots then cut out the weak ones and those that might be crossing or rubbing on each other. Then any larger, but old and tired stems I would reduce down to the lowest best new shoots that are on the plant. It might not be pretty at first but should help them on the road to recovery. Hope that helps. Gd luck.

Rhubarb allowed to die down naturally

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 09:57

Hi. Rhubarb leaves are certainly poisonous to eat but i have never heard that you should not let them die back naturally. They need to be left alone near the end of the season so that they can use their leaves to build the crown up for next year and so not to let them die down naturally would be a mistake. I always put the leaves straight onto the compost. Can you tell me why I shouldn't?

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