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Replanting aquilegias

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 20:00

Not sure what you mean by Dragons teeth ?  I can sympathise tho as I have a problem with Celandine over running my garden.  When I move any plant to a new clean space, I try to wash the roots bare and pick out any "baddies" before transplanting.  Aquilegias don't always like this treatment tho and it can be almost impossible to catch every weed.Also of course you are limited as to what time of year you can do this.

Another method is to pot up your Aquilegia as cleanly as you can and then wait until the offending weed shows it's head........when you are sure each one has germinated, you can clean again as above. Not perfect by any means but worth a go if you have some nice plants you want to save.

I will be more than interested to see other solutions (not just weedkilling as that means spraying the whole of my garden ) but wish you the best of luck in the meantime

Talkback: Dandelion

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:38

The short answer is can be pretty corrosive so you should take care where you apply it

Fruit and veg growing

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:18

PS........meant to say you sound extremely organised......good for you

Fruit and veg growing

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:17

Kassie..........tho always best in the ground, .you can grow carrots in a trough provided they are the short rooted ones.   

I'd say you definitely need deeper pots for your Peppers tho if you want to get a decent crop.

Basil and Coriander are only annuals but  Chives and Parsley are longer lasting....parsley at least should give you a couple of seasons so a more permanent /bigger pot would be a good bet.  Chives will go on for several years so again a more permanent planting/bigger pot would be best.

Can anyone identify this shrub/plant thankyou :)

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 18:29

Y. flaccida are slightly less troublesome ..........somewhat laxer growth and softer leaves.

The Yucca's  razor sharp tips are the biggest danger..........particularly if you are working close to the plant.  You can make them less of a risk if you cut off the points........and keep doing so every time a new leaf comes up.  It doesn't do the plant any harm.

At the risk of being controversial, I actually do like these plants and the flower spikes are fantastic............but, as Verdun and Lyn do need to take care

casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:58

Thanks Igrow.............I've just spent a couple of hours making a start on my new allotment ( which is covered in weeds ) and whilst engaged on this task, kept my brain active by trying to work out what "themes" had to do with outsides...  Now I get you


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:36

Loganberry...........if you want it to be 2005..........then, stick with that  

It makes me a bit younger too although I'd personally go for 1985

Evergreen climber for east-facing aspect

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:22

Hello Unweeded...........I'd forget the C. enjoys the sun and I suspect wouldn't thank you for an East facing aspect.

You don't mention which is more important...........does it have to be flowering ?  There are some very attractive variegated ivies these days which might do the job.  If you have a border in front of the wall/trellis, you could get your flowering plants in there perhaps ?

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:02

Nutcutlet .....I'll know exactly where to come then next time I get stuck 

I completely agree about the common can mean one plant whilst  the other person is talking about a completely different one

The Best Way To Re-Pot an Orange Tree

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 16:47

Definitely in need of repotting then

I don't know whether you can buy specialist citrus compost these days...........if you can, then get it.   If not, I use a mix of multi purpose and JI no. 3 but my trees are around 25 to 30 years old.  I do use a Citrus feed tho.

I'd suggest you prune back any dead stuff, repot and give a gentle watering until you see new shoots appearing.  Misting the tree can help too (but bear in mind the weather - you don't want to make it soggy ).  Rain water is preferable.

Once it's started into growth, you should be ok.  One word of warning tho........if you keep in a g/h or conservatory all year round, red spider mite can be a problem so much better if it can live outside for most of the year.

Best of will be worth the effort when it flowers.....gorgeous scent 

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