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Climbing Roses

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 13:18

My horizontal wires are about 2ft apart, with the first wire about 3ft from the ground.
I also use straining bolts, as the wire will stretch over the years and the straining bolt will take up the slack. 
Make sure the wires are attached either end to something substantial so it can take the forces to keep with wire taught.

Some ideas for you here-

Good luck


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:14

It's lovely - rain at last!!!

put all my clobber on and took my dog for a long wet walk over the fields in the lovely pouring rain for over an hour - you can hear all the vegetation saying 'at last...' 

Help needed to solve tomato problem.

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 12:05

Hi Russell - try an Mg drench - 1 tablespoon epsom salts in a gallon of water. Maybe a foliar application would be best just in case Mg is locked in the soil.
My water butts have been empty for some months now, so I'm having to reply on my hard tap water too.

As your plants have been happy until recently, is there anything that's changed since the thin growth and yellowing started?
I've not grown Fandango so have no experience, hopefully someone will be along shortly who has. 

Help needed to solve tomato problem.

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 11:30

Photos will be a big help.

Mg deficiency does happen with toms sometimes and as you say Fandango may be an extra heavy feeder.

Mg def shows as interveinal chlorosis, so the veins on the leaf will still be green but the rest of the leaf will turn yellow starting at the outside and working towards the veins. Older leaves will be affected first.
Nitrogen def is similar but affects the whole leaf

Do you use tap water or rainwater on the toms?
It's possible that if you have very hard tap water and you're using that, other chemicals in your tap water can lock-out Mg - unlikely but possible

Pond algae or some kind of spawn?

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 08:35

Sounds good James - best of luck

Japanese anemoni

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 17:31

They spread like wild-fire in my clay soil.  Beautiful plants but I wouldn't think they're suited to pot-life for the long term.

They thrive in my garden with zero attention apart from pulling out the overspread. 

new to gardening and first thread!!

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 16:53

Happy learning and Happy gardening 

new to gardening and first thread!!

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 14:59

The reason for dead-heading is to stop the plant doing what it's here to do - i.e. produce seed for the next generation, then die (or die back).

The reason for this is that if you remove the 'dead' flower head including the green bit at the base of the flower (the seed pod), the plant tries again to produce seed. So you get more flowers.

Generally speaking (there are exceptions) once the plant has flowered and the seed pod is ripening, from the plant point of view, it's job done and they can happily die knowing they've produced seed for the next generation. By keep removing the seed pods the plant has to produce more flowers to try and 'set-seed' again.

asking all German shepherd owners

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 10:55

Have a look at Kong products - they are virtually indestructible.
I have a young collie x retriever that is full of energy. I cram a mini-sausage roll into a kong and it takes her an hour or more to get it all out.
Some low-fat cream cheese smeared inside does the same - only a teaspoon-full is needed.

The Kong wobbler is also good, put some treats in, close the top and watch as yr dog learns to wobble it and get to the treats.

These products also teach the dog so good all round. Just don't stuff too much into them, and give her a little less dinner to compensate.

Pond algae or some kind of spawn?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 21:05

Your little pond looks well-balanced and a credit to you.

You've got oxygenating plants there and something providing a bit of shade too.
I'd just take out the blanket weed as it appears. Give it a little wiggle first to let any pond-life wiggle free then pull it out gently. It'll come back a bit, just pull it out again. A little more shade will help and as the nutrients deplete the blanket weed will go.
Do you keep it topped-up with tap water? If so, you're adding fresh nutrients each time that the blanket weed uses to grow. Use rainwater if poss.

As Dove says the mosquito's are all part of pond life, keep the balance right and something will be along to eat them

Good luck

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