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Talkback: How to take summer cuttings

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 19:51
It would be useful to have a follow-on article about how to grow these cuttings on and the best way to encourage healthy root growth after they root. This can be the tricky part, getting them established to to the point where they can cope with life outdoors and giving them a suitable feeding regime.

Pulmonarias - growing from seed.

Posted: 08/03/2012 at 19:21

Has anyone had any experience of doing this? What approach usually works best as regards time of sowing etc? Do they normally come true from seed?

Talkback: How to improve your soil

Posted: 16/02/2012 at 22:14
I have found it useful to mulch my front garden with fallen leaves and sometimes hedge trimmings especially in the Autmn. (I have fairly heavy clay soil). I have not dug this in this year and have found that a 6" layer of fallen leaves is an excellent weed suppressor. Possibly the worms will get busy as the soil warms up - I am all for saving sweat and toil!


Posted: 16/02/2012 at 21:43

I am attempting to grow Hibiscus from seed for the first time this year. Not a very sophisticated approach - all purpose compost in a widow sillpot ensconced in a plastic bag, about 20 to a 6" pot. What germination rate could I realistically expect? I suppose the seedlings will need hardening off in a cold frame? No idea what the parent plant is like as seeds bought on e-bay but it's part of the thrill of the chase!  

Talkback: Signing off

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 21:55
Best of luck with the examinations and look forward to reading your posts when you decide to resume blogging! It is good to have the allotment as a family activity and I think that allotment sites should aim to be child friendly on principle. There is a Community Garden on our sit well used by school children and sometimes people with disabilities; again something I think that all sites should try to emulate.

Talkback: Collecting fallen leaves

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 21:48
I decided to use fallen leaves as a mulch this year in the raw state. It never occurred to me to segragate them so I may end up with a peculiar mixture all things considered. I tried the bin bag method last year but I have not yet examined the results.

Some of them I have stacked up to compost them in a coupe of "Daleks" together with other vegetable waste which may help them to break down faster. It perhaps is not the best way since tree leaves are supposed to be composted separately to make leaf mould and probably the decomposing leaves on the soil will absorb some of the Nitrogen from the soil, but at least it helps suppress the weeds so I suppose you can't have it all ways!

Talkback: Choosing holly varieties to grow

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 21:29
I am surprised you did not mention Ilex Ferox - this is a plant that has always intrigued me and I was disappointed when an attempt to raise this from cuttings did not come off recently.
I would certainly like to introduce some Ilex into the rather dull green Privet hedge I inherited when I moved here and i am pleased to see that there are some other plants introducing themselves uninvited to relieve the rather uninspiring mass of green.
I am experimenting with some Ivies too, mostly on rustic stakes to give the front garden a bit of height as well as Winter interest but may also use this for trailing plants in some of the containers I am planting up. I managed to purloin cuttings of some of the more colourful varieties from hedges and they seem to be rooting O.K.

Talkback: Growing hebes

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 21:13
I like Hebes as Winter foliage plants and am planning to grow some near the alpine bed I am starting to establish. I am experimenting with growing some of the smaller varieties alongside Spring bulbs. At least Hebes help to provide some Winter colour when nothing else much is visible. I don't know the Sapphire variety - thanks for displaying it. David.

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 10/12/2011 at 20:36

I have a standard fuschia still in flower in Nottingham but it probably will not be after the frost forecast for tonight. I shall have to get busy and bury it for the Winter soon if I am not to lose it.

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 10/12/2011 at 20:32

I am a great fan of this tree too and am attempting to raise new plants from cuttings (hardwood) this year. The City Council in Nottingham have planted some of these in the otherwise rather drab square in the town centre and I am looking forward to seeing these mature. There are a few specimens in the local country park at Ruddington on the site of an ammunition dump (since cleared) and I think it was an inspired idea to plant them.

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