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Posted: 12/10/2017 at 11:14

Fresh manure is full of acids which will burn your plants.  You need to pile it up and let it ripen for a few months before t goes anywhere near your garden.  The only use for fresh manure is in the bottom of deep hot bed for growing melons and with a good layer of planting compost between it and them.

You dahlia tops will be blackened or made very limp by the first decent air frost and that's the signal to cut them back and then apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost and straw thick enough to insulate your tubers against deep frosts later on.   

Putting My Plot To bed

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 10:39

Have you thought of cardboard?  It cuts the light to teh weeds and seeds but lets in moisture so the soil organisms will be happily working away all winter.  Come spring you can plant straight into it or else pile on a thick layer of garden compost or well-rotted manure and plant into that.  The cardboard will degrade into the soil.

Free if you find some packaging and easy.  No roll ling up great heavy sheets and having to dispose of plastic afterwards.

Failing that, check out your local garden centre, DIY shop or building supplies.  They should have plastic and weed proofing membrane on rolls for sale by the metre.

Light screening for front garden

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 10:25

It's hard to find a plant that will answer your needs given the northerly aspect and lack of direct sun.  I suggest you invest in some trellis panels  which can be painted or left natural and then grow a climbing rose suitable for this aspect.  David Austin recommends a few of their own here - https://www.davidaustinroses.com/eu/specific-situations/climbers-for-north-facing-walls

I find they take a year or two to get their feet down and establish but can recommend Teasing Georgia and Generous Gardener from my own experience.  They do need good soil and a good feed every spring and you need to dead head to keep them flowering from June thru to the frosts.

There are also clematis that will grow well in the shade.   Here is one list to get you started - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlist.cfm   These are all group 3s so hard prune in spring then train as they grow back and flower all summer.   They need to be planted deep in good soil and with regular spring feeds to keep them healthy and flowering.

Acer Palmatum

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 10:03

These trees are woodland glade plants so you will need to keep it protected from hot sun and drying winds.   I suggest you give it a mulch of moistened chipped bark or else a mix of pebbles and gravel to retain moisture in its soil or pot and, if you can, have it near a water feature so it gets a bit of humidity.  The leaves are prone to crisping and going brown if they get too dry.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 09:58

Good morning all.  Hope you're having a good day.

Sunny here with cloudy bits which will clear and give us 20C later on.   However, apart form splitting my new carex to finish the front door pots and taking cuttings of penstemons I shall be stuck indoors grappling with a Star Wars costume for Possum - top, pants, tunic thingy easy-peasy.  The belt, arm bands and leg thingies are another matter entirely.

Like the look of the new Tate Hosta.   I'm meeting Possum in Bilbao for Halloween and have been on the Guggenheim website but the only thing of interest seems to be the building itself.   Anyone been?

Look out for the November issue of Country Living.  There's a two-page spread of my friends' garden with photos by Marianne Majerus, a Luxembourg based photographer.

Never seen those cartoons before but they are good.  Thanks for sharing.

Dacha - I love Manchester.  Great city and lovely people.  Enjoy your family but keep the little one off your foot!

Hope you have a good time in Brum Chicky.  Don't know that city at all - saw it once in the 70s and drove thru in the 90s escaping an M42/M5 pile up and that was enough but I gather it's changed.

Pat - glad it's helping.  Hope it works and you get off the meds.

Product Design Project

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 19:35

Whatever the purpose, if it's badly designed, ill-conceived, badly written and spelling is awry the best thing is to let them know so they can fix it.   Nor prepared to waste my time on dross.

Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 18:35

Mine get a weeklt dunk as I have to move them anyway to dust their windowsill.........

Not a fan of orchids - people give them to me - but this regime, plus an occasional pink stick of orchid feed pushed into their bark chips, has kept them healthy for years and they keep on making new flower spikes after a little rest.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 18:30

Any idea what he is?   Striking markings.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:43

Will do FG.  I hope he gets a good soaking but feel sorry for the dog.

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:41

Check the roots regularly and remove the maggoty form of vine weevil.  Birds like them.  When/if you buy new plants, always check their roots and re-pot in a John Innes formulated compost rather than MPC..

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