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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) 

Little lemon tree

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 15:05

Aww, it is cute. I would bring it back indoors until night temperature is over sure to be 12C Lavande it is just a 'baby'. Three to four year old might cope with lower temperature of 10C. Moist feet but dryish top soil. I stand mine on gravel so it doesn't get a soggy botty. They are hungry feeders and need rose or tomato feed every week. 

They love being in the summer garden though by a warm wall. HTH

ID help please

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:44

ighten as you've shown us yours I'll show you mine

They really do come in all shades and sizes!


Feeding plants in the rain?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 09:22

Plants, especially if in containers or needed for cropping, need nutrients in wet weather. Blight spores use rain to germinate on plants ( the spore pierces the plant surface). A healthy plants can withstand the fungal infections a bit better. Seaweed feed is a real boost for soggy plants. Don't be tempted to concentrate feeds!!!

Soil organisms work at breaking down nutrients in the soil so your plants can absorb them so keep your soil 'sweet'. Standing water in pots and saturated soil stagnates (ask  our Somerset gardeners!). Selenium can help 'balance' soil, mycorrhizal fungi, milk and a glass of brown ale works wonders too. Party time for micro organisms. 

A canopy (20 quid from IKEA) or an open ended cloche can only reduce blight casualties from rain splashed plants but soil health is key. Feed em!

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:02

 Well said, yarrow2. 

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 09:54

just watched show again. I don't normally engage with personality comments about gardeners, I am more interested in plants but feel compelled to defend GW.

The advice for trimming hedge ends only, straightening lawn edges, mulching straws and cloche to bring them on, must be jobs hundreds of thousands can and will be doing.

That goes for sowing sweet corn and sweet peas too. The heated gravel bench is to scale for MD's two acre garden. Geoff Hamilton would have probably made his own too but Barnsdale is an eight acre garden so that must have been quite a project!

This is a magazine programme, cherry pick ideas you like, let what doesn't currently interest you or apply to your garden go, just scale the ideas to suit your budget.

My neighbours had a standard 1939 semi, long thin back garden only 10m wide, but had wild flowers and grasses with a mown path and it was glorious (back then I manicured my garden but realised they had as much colour, so much more wildlife and spent more time sipping something delicious in their garden than I ever could). 

Different strokes for different folks so 2.3m audience, when there are more than 200+ channels plus iPlayer and recording options, speaks volumes. Most of these options were not available in dear Geoff's time. 

....ok, I'll step down from this soap box (or high-horse) now  

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 16:46

PS you don't need to buy a flame gun - we hired one. Means no chemicals in the soil but plenty of potash left in the ashes.

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