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hanging basket watering

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 09:56

Well, we'll have to agree to disagree.  I don't use any chemicals agains aphids or other pests apart form wildlife friendly pellets for slugs and snails. 

Soapy water is indiscriminate and bad for beneficial insects such as hoverflies and ladybirds which will eat thousands of aphids and maintain a balance if left alone.  I  feed the birds all year and the parents hoover up aphids and caterpillars to feed their young in the nest.   More natural balance.  

Ideas wanted for a shade loving climber that flower

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 09:52

Montana will get too big for a small shed.   You'll need to provide a support such as netting, trellis or wires to support a climber as they can't cling to a plastic shed but you could then go for an evergreen variegated ivy which will give year round interest and flower eventually when it's mature enough - important food for insects and birds at a difficult time of year.

There are evergreen clems too which will look better than montana in winter - cirhhosa and armandii varieties are good.    There's also honeysuckle to consider - Lonicera × brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' is semi evergreen. Lonicera sempervirens is evergreen.   Both will tolerate partial shade so, as long as your north facing shed isn't in too dark a  corner, might be worth trying.   They are good hosts for beneficial insects and provide nectar for butterflies.

 

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 09:39

celandine?   invasive weed but there are some forms that aren't so bad and are a bit more decorative.

Need help to identify plant

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 13:03

I suspect it may be a hardy hibiscus so will take another year or two to start flowering.  They can be very late to come into leaf after winter - often late May early June for mine - so don't panic if they leaf up late.

Wind/sun burn

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 12:11

I retuned from hols once to find my two blueberries in pots had gone all crispy after inadequate watering by a  neighbour.

I soaked the pots very thoroughly and then gave a liquid feed of sequestered iron and food for ericaceous plants.   Both recovered but I had to cut out lots of stems taht were too crsipy to revive.  I then dug large holes in my veggie plot, filled them with ericaceous compost and planted them in teh ground so they didn't get the same problem again.  We have hard water and alkaline to neutral soil so they're better off in the ground with rain water.

Blueberries are woodland edge plants so those in pots won't like a full sun, south facing position as they can get their roots deep down to cool soil.  Move them to somewhere where they don't get midday sun and keep them moist but not drowning.

 

Need help to identify plant

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 11:41

The picture is too small to see the leaves clearly.  Can you do a close up of a couple of leaves please?   Are they cuttings, or from seed?

hanging basket watering

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 10:56

Better to use water retentive granules mixed into the compost from teh start and then water generously in the evening so they can soak up the excess and release it by day.  In very hot or windy spells, water again early morning before going to work or doing other jobs.

Most hanging basket plants are half hardy and aren't going to enjoy being doused with ice cubes although they're better than nothing.

 

How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 10:53

Try smearing the post with essential oil of cloves, available from pharmacies and health shops.  They can't stand the smell and won't climb up any more.

Gift Ideas for a little Gardener?

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 18:17

When Possum was small a friend gave her a toy insect examining thing.  Catch insect, put it in container and then view it down a mini microscope.    That would be easy to use for him and more inter active.

You could also consider a set of child size tools - trowel, hand fork, watering can.

 

Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 22:05

40cm square is not a lot of compost to keep 2 hungry clems going.  You'll need to stay on top of feeding and watering to keep them healthy and not crowd them with too many bulbs.    I'd be tempted just to stick with a single, well clipped euonymous to provide interest and disguise their bare legs and avoid giving too much competition for water and nutrients.

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