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Little lemon tree

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:06

Welcome back Lavande! wash each leaf with milk and water solution 1 part milk to three parts water ASAP. best to use cotton wool or soft paint brush. Then re-pot using gritty or silver sand ( children's play sand not the awful orange stuff) in the mix.

These are Mediterranean plants so think holiday resort soil. Terracotta pots with either pot feet or gravel under the pot are ideal. Should be a happy little lemon after a Cleopatra bath, new bed and a sunny spot to spend the summer in.

Wait amminute......that will do for me too"

Help! Peaty and boggy soil ... any plant suggestions?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:27
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

hostas , hostas and more hostas. BTW , love that photo of Zantedeschia Marinelilium.

Thanxx. I moo he'd the photo from internet though.  I loved the dark purple ones at Chelsea flower Show too.

Help! Peaty and boggy soil ... any plant suggestions?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:27

Have you considered Zantedeschia? They are so elegant and thrive in wet boggy areas.



Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:00

Simon, if you have any willow trees (Salix anything) nearby you can make your own rooting hormone for cuttings.

Cut green twigs, not brown wood, strip off the leaves. Now cut the twig into 5cms pieces and in a container just cover them with boiled water. Like tea.

Leave to cool then add twice as much cold water then strain the twigs out. It will store for a couple of months in an airtight container.

By standing any cuttings in this  the cuttings take up some of the brew which has growth hormone. (A coppiced willow wand will grow upto a metre a summer and cut willow happily roots in soil because of the high hormone levels in Salix). HTH

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:23

Composting is the nitrogen cycle.  The balance is the key. Carbon (browns) and Nitrogen (greens) need to be about 25:1 in a metre and a half heap. This is from

Browns = High Carbon C:N
Wood chips 400:1
Cardboard, shredded 350:1
Sawdust 325:1
Newspaper, shredded 175:1
Pine needles 80:1
Corn stalks 75:1
Straw 75:1
Leaves 60:1
Fruit waste 35:1
Peanut shells 35:1
Ashes, wood 25:1

Greens = High Nitrogen C:N

Weeds 30:1
Green Wood 25:1
Hay 25:1
Vegetable scraps 25:1
Clover 23:1
Coffee grounds 20:1
Food waste 20:1
Grass clippings 20:1
Seaweed 19:1
Horse Manure 18:1
Cow Manure 16:1
Alfalfa 12:1
Chicken Manure 12:1
Pigeon Manure 10:1
Fish 7:1
Urine 1:1

Feeding plants in the rain?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 21:44

Vitax seaweed spray is around five pounds for half a litre bottle.  Even. Tesco sell it.

One glass of brown ale per shrub straight into the soil Is enough for a whole season As a quick fix.

Milk in a water solution of upto a third milk to water either straight into soil or as a foliar spray.

(sorry iI should have detailed this in the post) HTH.


Little lemon tree

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 16:32

The citrus family give flower and fruit at the same time so you get scent nearly all year round as well as fruit. Great value for money.

I am over cautious perhaps but a sheltered warm wall should be ok if you or a family member are about; if going away I would be just as wary of water logging as cold nights and set it on pot feet/stones/gravel while I was away. 

Allotment and new gardener enthusiast Tips and Tricks

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 16:19

Hehehe! I agree and they are better equipped.

Just trying to extend your lottie time being cut short for comfort break ( or indeed being caught short on the lottie). 

If you dress anything like I do for gardening then rest breaks cannot be left to the last minute anyway without lots of hopping from foot to foot.

Cornus Kousa

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 16:09

Hi Judy, does the C. Kousa that has lost it's leaves have 'teenager spot' like appearance along the branches?

if so then you could try Vitax Organic 2 in 1 (or even any rose treatment spray at a push). I don't like to recommend chemicals if at all possible but needs must sometimes.

 Might also be an idea to collect up the fallen leaves of all the Cornus this autumn and burn rather than compost them ....just in case it is a nasty old infection. Good Luck

Allotment and new gardener enthusiast Tips and Tricks

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 15:19

What a fabulous lottie SweetPea93 and you've really worked that soil! 

(Psst, just between us two.... put pee in bucket, empty pee on compost it is a brilliant activator for compost heaps - in moderation and if modestly done) 

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