philippa smith2

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Fish pond advice please -

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 18:05

If your pond is simply for the Fish as opposed to wildlife, then clearing the detritus now whilst you can see it would seem the best thing to do.

The fish will be cool ( temperature wise as well as in the common parlance  ) at this time of year and provided they have sufficient cover from predators, I would have thought they would be okay.

Might be worth checking on a Fish Keeping site/forum tho to be sure

rats in our garden

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:18

Most pest control officers will  immediately tell you to remove all bird feeders for a few weeks - makes sense .

Cats and Dogs don't partiicularly keep the rats down - just make more problems for others.

Battered Foxgloves

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 18:11

They may look a little rough but if they are happy where they are, they should still be beavering away below ground and give you a good show this coming year.

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 18:04

IME, Rhubarb are best in the ground - greedy things and like the depth too.

The same with Raspberries really - you will be pruning out old wood to get new canes which might be a little difficult to achieve in pots -  in the long term anyway.

Winter Care of Lemons

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 14:44

Depending on your location and the size of your trees,  citrus are usually best kept just frost free over winter.

Protect the pot/roots with sacking/old pillows or WHY and fleece the tree itself and put in the most protected place you can find.  

Keeping them in a warm room is not the best plan.....the atmosphere tends to be too dry.  

Mature trees will take a certain amount of frost damage and will recover once the warmer weather arrives. 

Identify Mystery Flower

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 17:19

Your photo shows some sort of support so is your rose a climber ?  If it is and it is scented, try Zepherine Drouhin .  Mine is still throwing out the occasional flower.

Avocado Tree

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 17:43

Also make sure that as you have reared it in water, when you pot on, you keep the root sufficiently damp to let it acclimatise to soil as opposed to water.


Posted: 20/12/2016 at 17:39

His "thoughts for today" were often, at least for me, the ones which impinged.  A funny, chubby chap who had the ability to talk to all and sundry despite their religion.

Sorely missed.

strange vegetables/fruit

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 17:19

You could try Passion fruit in the Polytunnel.........I germinated seeds from supermarket fruits and got a crop off the resultant 18 month old plants  Good fruit

Palm tree transplant

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 17:31

Looks like a Cordyline from the pic but that is a pretty big plant to transplant.

Somerset is fairly mild at the moment - at least on the coast and if you have to move the plant now, you should have a few days to do it in.

The more I look at your pic, the more I'm tempted to say forget about the largest growth and concentrate on the smaller piece.  If you are able to dig it up, you will need a planting hole to accommodate all the main root.  

These plants are quite commonly offered for sale and it may well be better to just buy a new specimen to plant.


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