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Acer....why has it been long and lanky with out many leaves on it all year

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 16:50

Starvation?   Thirst?  Maybe exposure too.   The compost sold for use in pots only has fertiliser for 90 days, 100 at best, and yours is also host to weeds and/or moss which will be leaching out any remaining nutrients and taking water too.

I would start now by scraping off all that layer of weed, loosen up the compost and add a handful of bonemeal before top dressing with some fresh compost and giving it a good drink.  Even dormant plants have root activity going on over winter.    Keep it safely sheltered from strong or cold winds.  It looks a bit exposed there.

In early spring, water the pot well and let it soak while you prune off any pbvious dead wood which will look dry and grey.   Then tip out the whole tree and its root ball and tease out the roots which will most likely bound in a tight ball going round and round the pot.   Re-plant in a bigger pot if you can and use best quality John Innes no 3 compost.   This will provide good drainage and nutrients but you will still need to water regularly every week till leaf fall plus give it occasional liquid feeds - seaweed is good - until mid July.    Once planted, water well and then top dress the pot with some gravel or stone or slate chippings to help it retain moisture and prevent weeds.

Last edited: 01 October 2017 16:50:40

What to do now

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 13:41

As long as it's deep enough and in a sheltered corner.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 13:39

I think it's time the judges had 2 paddles - one for technique and posture and the other for style and entertainment  - and maybe a referee to score the judges on consistency in their marking.  All over the place last night.

As for the dancing - stupid AJ 's illegal lift so he can go - irritating, egotistical little oik.  Several no hopers on the celeb side who can go too and will someone please explain to the wardrobe woman about fitting style and cut to body shape.  Some horrors in the costume department too.

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 20:12

That would be lovely but PP said it sank!

Breaking the cycle..

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 20:10

If you do go for shrubs, consider willows as there are several that come with colourful stems that is renewed each year when you coppice all the old wood back to stumps in spring.

Breaking the cycle..

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 17:52

Dig up the lawn?   Either that or do something bout your drainage which can range form poking in your large garden fork as deeply as you can and wriggling it back and forth to open the holes then pour in/brush on dry sharp sand - not wet, round builders' sand - to fill the holes and provide air and drainage for grass roots.  You need to do these every few inches across the whole lawn and, ideally, do it every year until the problem is significantly reduced.

A more serious solution is to get some drainage pipes for lawns but that requires excavations and, probably, experts.

The RHS offers this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=475

Growing veg from supermarket

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 17:46

Tried that and ginger too but that's a long way from expecting success with SM garlic, potatoes and apple pips.

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 17:45

Hoeing for me is fine in big spaces I need to clear, such as a veggie bed before sowing or planting but I'm not so good when I have to be careful round plants.  Nor is OH which is why I took to planting all clematis with a terracotta pot, bottom bashed out, inverted over the base of the stems t provide a decapitation proof collar.

We both get on very well with the Wolf push-me pull-you hoe head and also their bigger cultivator head but  I prefer to use the small one with a short handle as a hand tool for close-up viewing of what I'm dealing with in case of baby treasures.

If there's going to be magic fuel for power tools, can we have a magic hut builder too? 

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 16:02

Assuming this desert island is fit to grow crops for which we need gardening tools it will, surely, have things we can forage and seeds we can collect to grow stuff to eat..........    Or do we need to smuggle seeds in our cozzies?

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 15:09

I think your 3 pronged pointy thing is called a cultivator PP.   I don't need a wheelbarrow cos OH is one of my tools.    Do your shredder and chainsaw require fuel?  Might be a problem.

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