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Posted: 10/09/2014 at 18:55

I think I'm with CGFixit on this one.......constant referral to past problems couched in whatever terms is simply

Well Rotted Manure and Dogs

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 18:29

Well rotted manure shouldn't be a problem as Pansy says.  However, depending on your source, well rotted can differ somewhat.  If you are unsure of the quality and given the average dog's sense of smell, a temporary fence around your borders may save you a bit of angst

Damson/plum and apple tree advice

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 18:23

Amy........I believe Damsons are smaller and darker than plums

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 18:16

Like most of the above, I much prefer to grow my own but even with friends and neighbours swapping stuff can only go so far.

If I am buying, I always look for the bushier things which can easily be divided and hence more plants........makes sense.

For particular plants, I find the specialist nurseries are worth the extra cost plus as someone mentioned, good advice is often there for the asking

Lilac Tree

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:58

I normally prune mine once it has finished flowering but that is an established tree so best hang on for someone more expert to answer

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:49

Probably in one of those pre formed ponds Artjac............forward planning I think they call it


Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:45

Rosemummy...........if you are having problems trying to keep up with your garden, I would think an allotment may be pushing it a little this year.  Even more so if you have to clear it first before gaining much in the way of harvest.  It is surprising just how long it takes to keep an allotment going, particularly when you have small people to attend to and then you risk it becoming a chore rather than a pleasure.

You are lucky with your allotment society/officer if they are prepared to keep you near the top of the list.  If it were me, I'd keep in close contact with the Officer and maybe visit the allotments when you can and chat to the other holders.  That way, you will be ensuring that your interest remains known to all as well as seeing at first hand what is involved.  Next year you might be better set up time wise to take the plunge.  I hope so anyway because I'm sure you and the Titchies will enjoy it

Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:27

Silly question maybe but do you have drainage holes in the ice bucket and what sort of compost are you using ?

In my experience, whilst you can certainly keep Oaks happily in containers for some years, they are not really a suitable choice for true Bonsai 


Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:12

Hogweed......I confess I was wondering what  "spiny" succulents you were growing.  I just assumed spike meant spine in this particular case but I could just as easily have been wrong

Still haven't come across the problem my experience, even if the cactus dies off the spines still remain enough in evidence to be a literal pain in the finger

Wintering begonia plugs

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 10:10

I overwinter mine by leaving them in the container they were planted in.  Once they have finished flowering and before the frosts, move them to a frost free g/house, clean all the old leaves and flower stems away, trim them down and only water them enough to keep them alive thru the winter.  You can also increase your stock by taking cuttings using the good parts you have trimmed off.  In spring, repot with fresh compost and grow on.

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Rude but funny.

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