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What to feed a newly planted Laurel Hedge

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 10:12

I don't think it needs a daily watering.  You'll just be drowning it and leaching nutrients out of the soil.  Only water once a week now, maybe more often if we get a long hot dry spell.

Rootgrow only works directly on the roots so putting it in the planting hole will only help if any roots do manage to come in direct contact with the product.  

I don't think laurel needs feeding to encourage it to grow a sthey are vigorous even in poor soils.   You could try a scattering of pelleted chicken manure along the hedge but I would wait till autumn and then give it a generous mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost which teh worms will work in for you over the winter.


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 10:06

Stop watering.  It's probably drowning.   What is it?   having a name will help us identify its needs and likely problems.

Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 09:13

I can't see that where you plant it is going to make a difference to its life expectacncy. 

It might be  a good idea to take fresh soil and plenty of garden compost from elsewhere in the garden to prepare the hole and make sure it's planted at the same level it was in the pot and doesn't sink afterwards as the soil settles as this can also lead to its feet getting too wet and root rot and a struggling plant.

Feeding clematis

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 09:08

In pots, once a week from new spring growth through flowering time.    In the ground, it depends on how well they've been planted and in what soil but, after a hard wet winter I'd give a few drinks from spring growth to the start of the flowering period if I think they need a boost.

Feeding clematis

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 00:27

Yes, they are greedy and need feeding to do well.

You can give them special clematis food available from good garden centres and nurseries.  In spring they appreciate a general purpose food such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.  You can also give them liquid tonics of rose or tomato food as they have a high potassium ratio which encourages flowering.


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:21

Some of my white ones should open in the next few days but the normal pink ones and the perennial ones are much further behind.


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:18

I like blues, pinks, purples, bronzes, rich deep reds and I like to set them off with white flowers and some purple foliage.  I also like to play with foliage contrasts so have a rhythm of deep purple and golden foliage plants in amongst all the different shades and forms of green.

I have huge problems with bright orange and acid yellows but I'm learning to use the orange spectrum as long as it's got burnt or russet tones in it.   I've just planted up a bed with orange geums, potentillas, rudbeckia and heleniums with tawny irises and some purple flowered bulbs with a bit of purple leaved heuchera and lysimachia firecracker.  It remains to be seen how well it does.


Growing by the Moon Calender

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 18:50

As I understand it, continental Europe is always one hour ahead of the UK.  We are here in Belgium and we don't change clocks when we go to France........

Quite a lot of people on here will ridicule any idea that lunar gardening works.  Others are happy to live and let live and some will be quietly giving it a go.   i did it myself a few years ago and it was very successful but then I had a French magazine with a pull out lunar calendar.  haven't found one since but i do sometimes check this site when i'm sowing seeds  or taking cittings -

Last year I had neck surgery so just gardened as and when I could.  This year t's been 2 new feet so nearly all my gardening at the moment is playing catch up on weeding and I have to do that when time and weather and feet permit.   I did use the lunar calendar to sow tomatoes and some seeds from dried Kashmir chillies back in March and had amazing success.   Pity it's been too cold to plant them out but they'll be migrating to the greenhouse any day now.  I need my windowsills for other seeds.


Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:14

I don't think it's worthwhile replanting this tree as they are all succumbing to the disease.

For similar golden foliage, though not as fine, try gleditsia instead.  Hardy and healthy and, so far, no notified diseases or pests.


Growing kale as cut and come again leaves

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 08:33

Kale is a cut and come again vegetable.  As you cut off the foliage, new leaves will grow from teh centre and you'll gradually get a stalk with new, tender leaves at the top and, with any luck, over a long season.   I've done this with curly kale and coavolo nero but, sadly, the last 3 years they've all been frozen to a mush by hard winters so didn't last as long as usual.

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