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Leave the leaves

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 07:32

I am finding bits of rubbish in the potting compost I buy in garden centres. Perhaps we need more sceening of garden waste.

Leave the leaves

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 22:29

Fallen leaves take longer to rot down than the usual compost material but make the best compost when they do. I haven't found black bags of leaves nearly as good as a wire mesh container where they just get on with the job for about two years. If you leave the leaves lying on the soil they provide the perfect home for slugs so if you have a slug problem, like me, pick them up.

Listless Lupins

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 20:59

Well, well. I had no idea!

Listless Lupins

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 13:30

Oh my goodness! Do you mean you are trying to grow lupins in Brazil? Are you serious? I think I would go for something more suited to tropical conditions. At least you won't have to worry about late frosts...


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 14:01

If your plants are newly planted it is important to water them during very dry spells because if they are weakened or they die you will have wasted your money buying them in the first place. I have not mentioned kindness to plants or anything sentimental like that. When I say newly planted, I mean in their first year, but I would try to water anything that threatened to droop.

Foxglove query

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 13:50

Very small seedlings struggle in my garden and I overwinter them in a cold frame. This year, with the late, cold spring, my indoor babies did much better than the big beefy ones I planted out in the autumn.

Eleagnus not flowering

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:39

My variegated eleagnus flower, but not for some time yet. They do it in the depth of winter and the scent is amazing. I avoid pruning as much as possible but I do feed them in spring. They grow and flower every year.

Wasp nests.....

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:34

In that case, don't go anywhere near them. If they can't do it themselves the council will be able to advise you who can.

Solanum - leaf drop

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 07:28

I don't know which it is but I have one in a pot and I agree, over or under watering. They usually recover well.

Why do my Japanese Anemone's look like this?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 07:31

Don't cut them back yet! They look old and tired and dry to me but not dead. Allow them to die back in their own time and then cut off and compost the top growth. Next year, feed your border, mulch in spring and keep an eye on watering in dry periods. In my experience, aster will grow perfectly well with JA's though you may have to stop invasion attempts. However, slugs love aster and may have eaten all the emerging shoots so have a look for their remains - the aster, not slugs! - before you draw any conclusions.

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