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Conifer mulch

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 11:34

They may also be short of magnesium as this also causes chlorosis or yellowing of the leaves.   You can address this by pouring over a solution of Epsom salts and water making sure it lands on leaves before dripping down to the soil - 1 tbs to a gallon of water or 15ml to 5 litres.  Don't do it on a sunny day.

Epsom salts are also good for roses and, apparently, tomatoes where they improve flavour.   i shall be trying that on mine next year.

lawn removal?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 12:57

I wouldn't have thought the grass would be a problem, either under the raised beds or under the paths.   The lack of light will kill it without having to use chemicals.  Just make sure you root out any big weeds such as thistles and docks as these seem to be almost unkillable. 

I wouldn't put any membrane under the raised beds, just under the paths.  It could be held down at the edges by the structures for the raised beds and then a sufficient weight of gravel for the paths.  Two inches should do it.  Less is too thin and will allow weed seeds to germinate easily.   More is difficult to walk on and push wheel barrows.  

Daniel Haynes, help

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 10:42

It should be impossible to register with a name already in use so this needs looking at by Daniel and the systems team.

Apart from that I would suggest you relax and keep posting as Verdun, formerly known as Christopher 2, and do you best to ignore idiotic and troll like behaviour.  It is only an anonymous forum after all and most of us are here to enjoy exchanges of info and friendly banter about gardens and all things gardening.   The real posters won't always agree with each other but they won't be spiteful or nasty.


"For goodness sake, Google it!"

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 13:34

Sometimes links are useful but as an addition, not the sole answer.  I use RHS links to give more info on a question I'm answering,  such as pruning, as they have pictures or graphics which help explain things more clearly.

I run a garden group here with mixed nationalities.  It's always easier for them if I can demonstrate in person at a meeting or show a link to a picture in a newsletter rather than expecting them all to understand what I mean by things like "prune just above a leaf node" or "prune to an outward facing bud".   Some of them come from warmer climes or vastly different plant groups so haven't a clue about northern European gardening plants, rhythms and tricks but are keen to have the knowledge.


Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 12:21

It helps to soak bulbs bought now overnight in cold water to rehydrate them but even then success is patchy.  Better, if you can, to buy them in pots next spring and plant them out where you have suitable gaps.

When to cut back hemerocallis foliage pre Winter

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 13:47

Leave it till it's gone completely brown and then just pull it off by hand.

Talkback: How to store, freeze and dry your harvests

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 11:22

I never blanch soft fruit.  Blueberries, black and red currants just go in a plastic bag or tupperware and get frozen whole.  Raspberries and blackberries need to be laid out on trays and frozen flat and separately but can then be stored in bags or tupperwares.   Haven't yet tried freezing plums but I imagine the best method is to halve, stone and freeze on trays then transfer to bags for easier storage.

Strawberries do not freeze well so are best made into jam, puree/coulis or compote.

Time to bring in pumpkins ?

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 11:48

Keep an eye on the forecast and bring them in to a cool, frost free place before the first frosts.  Make sure you cut at least a one inch stem as short, or no stems, encourage early rotting.

Anyone dismantled and moved a greenhouse before??

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 11:45

We loved ours 30 miles from its first home to our garden so took photos, marked the structure and dismantled it completely.   Had to replace 3 panes of glass in the end.

Last autumn we moved it again to a sunnier site and that time we just took out the glass and moved the frame and roof pieces as whole panels without unscrewing them all.   We made sure we had a level site ready for it and some replacement clips for the panes and it all went very smoothly.

What Hedge to plant ??

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 10:35

Holly is lovely but very slow growing.   I have a 10 year old holly hedge that was expensive to plant and is still only 4 to 5 feet high.

Further along, I have firethorn - aka pyracantha - which i've trained up a trellis to protect my honeysuckle form being munched by the neighbouring cows.   It was much cheaper per plant,  grows faster and responds to trimming, best done after flowering.   

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