Latest posts by Obelixx

Failed twisted willows

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:22

Other than clematis which should always be planted deeper to encourage more shoots and stronger roots, I've always though plants should be planted at the depth they were in their pot.   You need to soak the pot till no more air bubble appear, prepare the planting hole then loosen the roots before planting and back filling then water again.

If you've done all that and the plant has failed there is either a problem with your soil or a problem with the plant in the first place.  I don't understand why a twisted willow would be grafted.  You just need to take a twig or branch and put it in water or a pot of compost or the ground and it will root.

Try lifting the plant out and putting it in a bucket of water to see if it regrows leaves.  If it does, you may need to check your soil.  If it doesn't - take it back to the shop and get a refund or replacement.

Living Willow

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:11

Willows has an amazing will to live and root.   All you need to do is design the shape of your den and mark it out then plant your stems.   They're best done earlier in spring but I think you'll be OK doing it now.  

Make sure the ground is soft so you can push the stems in deep enough.  If not, water it well and maybe open up a slit with a spade then insert your stems and push the soil back with your boot.  Water well and watch it grow.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 23:30

On my AZERTY keyboard, the End key is no 1 on the numeric pad to the right but with Numlock switched off.  Does that help?

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:35

Steve04 - this isn't a BBC site.  It's a forum run by GW magazine .  You can install an ad blocker.

Not getting emails to say had a response ?

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:16

Report the problem on the Site Feedback section - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/site-feedback/your-new-look-forum/975698.html 

Then the team will know they need to fix it.

I need to get my orchid to rebloom

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:14

I was given two orchids by people who don't know I dislike their plasticky looks.  Being a good girl, I went out and bought some sticks of orchid food and bunged a couple in each pot.  I water them by dunking the pot in water till no more bubbles appear and then let them drain before putting them back in their cache-pots.  I keep them on an unheated, north facing windowsill so they get no direct sun except in late afternoon in summer.

I've had the older one nearly 3 years now and it has just finished it's 3rd set of flowering and produces two stems which last for months.   The newer one has been in flower since last September.   No plans to re-pot either.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:00

There was a thread on the forthcoming changes and asking what we'd like to see in the functionality.   They seem to have ignored all except making picture quality better and have succeeded in reducing functionality by removing the "jump to unread posts" option and page numbering and so on.

There is a thread now where we can report our individual problems - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/site-feedback/your-new-look-forum/975698.html for the tech team to investigate.   No point moaning anywhere else really.

I hope the team responds quickly and that people here will give them a chance to fox it before migrating en masse.   It's a great community here for both beginners and the experienced and all shades in between plus the friendship and support offered to those having difficulties or wanting to celebrate.

Good morning all and have a great day whether you're sad because of loss or illness or celebrating gorgeous new babies or forthcoming weddings.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 10:44

Hello Nora.

You did announce that the forum would be changing in order to be usable on newer technologies such as mobile phones and asked us well in advance what features we would like to see.   Someone somewhere has completely ignored most of the answers apart from improving picture quality.   Given the fiasco so far it should be no surprise to you or the team that people are disappointed, frustrated, dismayed or angry in various degrees.  

Any web designer worth his or her salt should take into account the look and usability of a site, especially when "upgrading" an existing one.   Your team has actually managed to reduce functionality - being able to jump to unread posts was already possible so not a new request - and visual appeal and usability for everyone from the clear sighted to the visually challenged.   Those of us witha background in IT and/or customer relations or PR can't believe that you would have launched an untested site on an unsuspecting community.

You cannot be surprised that people will vote with their feet and go elsewhere.   You and the team need to act quickly to retain the good will of this active community and not try the patience of those willing to give you a few days to fix it.

Ants in my raised bed

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:14

One day if you pour enough on.   I used one lot just to liberate one huge rhubarb plant last year after its roots were invaded.

Awful new format for forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 16:57

Best to give them a few days to see if they can fix it and make it acceptable to the 50% of us (Daniel's figure) that don't use mobile phones to access the forum.

I can see the need to make it phone friendly - we're about to launch a new look website for our dance club that allows that - but no need to destroy it for users of PCs and laptops and so on.   Speaking for myself, I do as little as possible on my mobile phone as it is so small and fiddly even with a  full keyboard  and I never take it out in the garden with me.  If I need to research something I go to the PC or a book.  Bit old fashioned?

Wait and see a bit before jumping ship and breaking up this community of people and all their collective knowledge.

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