Mary Lowry-Martin

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Why won't plants grow under my Holly tree?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 21:10

Thanks guys.  and LOL gardeningenes  I'll ask

Why won't plants grow under my Holly tree?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:30

I have a holly tree in my front garden with a boarder underneath.  The canopy is about 6 feet from the ground but anything I plant underneath won't grow.  The same plants grow very well in the rest of the boarder.  Even when well watered the poor specimins under the tree stay sad.  I was wondering if the the degrading leaves are poisonous to other plants / soil.  Can anyone answer this for me?  

Many Thanks, Mary

buried snails

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:43

I give them to my Chickens.  They love them as a bit of a treat.  Do you know anyone with Hens that would appreciate them?

Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 12:53

I pop mine in the greenhouse, but if you don't have a greenhouse, just put them in a sheltered spot.  Strawberries are quite hardy.  I wouldn't leave them hanging as strong winds will tug them around and put unnecessary strain on the brackets


Posted: 10/06/2012 at 02:02

Diatomaceous Earth is child and animal safe but effective against slugs and 100% natural.

chickens and slug pellets

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 01:50

Try Diatomaceous Earth (Red mite powder that you probably have for your hens).  You can get it in buckets on the net much cheaper than chook supply stores

How to get rid of 'Flea beetles'?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 01:45

Try Diatomaceous Earth.  I use it to kill mites in my Hen House.  Works a dream!

Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 01:28

Strawberries in baskets are great.  I have 7 this year.  The runners should be easy to grow on once the small plants are showing.  Just pop them in a pot and keep them watered and they will be off.  Just keep them protected from the worst of the winter cold and next year you wll have plenty of new plants

Dead Wisteria

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 17:01

Oh dear.  Thanks for the reply.  Everything I had read said it was probably wet rot or such so I gotbored of waiting.  The main stem is still in place so maybe it will shoot again from that.


Dead Wisteria

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 15:15

Hello.  I have (had) a beautiful Wisteria that developed flower buds then stopped.  I have left it for about a month hopeing that it would pick it's self up but to no avail and today I chopped it down.  The inside of the main stems have brown speckles through them but the actual wood is still green and healthy looking.  A new plant has come up from the base but I suspect that it is from one of last years seeds.  Does anyone know what can cause this and how to prevent it in the future?



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Why won't plants grow under my Holly tree?

Are the fallen leaves poisonous? 
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Wisteria developed masses of flower buds then stopped 
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