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Can't prove anything

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 14:15

Relax.   People who have well kept gardens themselves appreciate all the effort and preparation needed to make new beds or revitalise old ones.   They will freely offer help, advice, plants and all sorts.

No-one expects beds to be dug in pouring rain or in your best clothes.   Once you border is dug and planted don't expect it to remain static.  Plants will grow, weeds will grow, plants will thrive and plants will fail.  It's a dynamic, never ending seasonal cycle looking after beds and gardens.  Enjoy the process and, as your plants get bigger and need dividing, enjoy swapping with your new neighbours whom I hope will become firm friends.

Home made Tomato Food

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 15:31

Last year on Beechgrove they trialled commercial feeds for tomatoes and the best results came from comfrey "tea".

Take foliage from comfrey plants and crush and stuff in a bucket with a lid.  Add water and leave to steep, covered, for 3 to 4 weeks.   Stir occasionally whilst holding your nose.

Dilute the resulting liquid 10 parts water to 1 of the tea and use to feed tomatoes.  Very good also for other flowering and fruiting plants.

Tea Anyone?

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 10:29

Tea contains minerals - potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, manganese, fluoride and others.   Very good as a plant food.

hobbies ie arts and crafts........

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 09:40

I am president of a local dance club - 7 different dance classes over 4 evenings a week plus dance evenings and balls on Saturdays and ballroom practice on Sundays.

In between times I garden, run a garden group, sew clothes and curtains, do embroidery and patchwork (beginner at that) and do up bits and bobs for the house from pieces of furniture to pots for the garden which can be anything from just a good clean and feed of wood to a total strip down and new finish on wood, metal etc.   Love cooking too and try at least one new recipe a week.

Quite fancy researching our family history for our only daughter but no free time till after our dance club's 40th birthday festivities are over next year.

Acer.. Japanese 🍁 in need of help

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:08

Those branches won't recover so remove them along with any other dead wood.  This may leave it looking a little unbalanced but don't trim any other branches till you see what new growth, if any, you will get this year.   Give the plant a feed of blood, fish and bone and make sure it has plenty of water in dry spells.

Make sure your plant gets a generous mulch of well rotted garden compost at its base every autumn as this helps with soil fertility and good root development to sustain the plant.

Frosted potato shoots

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:02

We have a huge arable field behind us.   Potatoes this year - planted only last week so they avoid frosts.    Quite a process with two tractors going round twice in two different directions to harrow the soil and break it up for the very fancy tractor that makes the trapezoid furrows, neat as a sandcastle made with damp sand and with a potato buried deep at the base.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/75216.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

 I shan't be growing tomatoes outside this year then.

Dividing Bridal Wreath

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 18:24

If you mean the shrub spiraea then no, you can't split the stem and roots but you can take softwood cuttings in summer to make new plants.

Many spiraeas sucker and produce new plants from spreading roots.  If yours is doing this you could dig up the suckered shoots and either replant straight away in well prepared soil or pot them up in good quality compost and grow them on till you're sure they're OK before planting out in your borders. 

Drooping acer leaves

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 13:18

Have a read of this and then check your plant for symptoms - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=255

 

Trimming Young Leylandii

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 12:35

I have always understood that conifer hedges should be allowed to grow to 6 to 12 inches - 15 to 30cms - above the final desired height and only then be cut to the same distance below the desired height.    They will then thicken up and can be trimmed once a year to keep them neat.

Trimming the sides is a good idea to help them make dense growth but don't cut into brown wood, just do regular, light trims of the two sides.  Do not trim between the plants or you'll just get a row of columns.

When you do trim the sides, do it at a very slight angle tapering inwards towards the top.  This helps them shed heavy snow in bad winters and saves them from having bent and broken branches.

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