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Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 22:46

When they have finished flowering, mine go into the frost free greenhouse, then out into the summer sunshine. I feed them from time to time and repot them when they show signs of a growth spurt. The bulbs get bigger and bigger and they flower well, but not at Christmas. They are certainly worth keeping!

Need some petrol lawn mower recommendations please

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 07:12

Just got a new Honda a couple of weeks ago. Fantastic.


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 21:23

Oh yes, I've been there! The addition of two healthy young cats solved the problem overnight, I have a bunny-free garden and most seem to have moved out of the field next to it, too. It all depends on whether you prefer cats to rabbits, although a Jack Russell might do a similar job.

Allium Problem

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 21:06

I don't think it is the weather or watering. I bought a pack of alliums years ago and they have seeded themselves all over the garden, wet, dry, sun, shade. A significant proportion begin to turn brown before the flower buds are fully formed but they still flower and seed normally. Don't worry about it as long as you get a good show!

Mulch for clay

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:11

As well as all of the above,well rotted manure, grit, coarse  sand and gravel will help. If you can improve drainage you will reduce waterlogging but you need to work out where the water is coming from before you spend a lot of money and effort. A small stream runs across the top of my garden so obviously, draining it isn't possible. If you aspire to a lawn, hire a hollow-tine aerator, then brush in compost and grit. The longer you do all this, the better your soil will become. If you want a decorative mulch, bark chippings are attractive but expensive.

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:54

I think Verdun is probably right about growing very small plants on in pots to get them started. Mine don't mind wet soil and the stronger varieties seed themselves all over the place. They do seem to prefer slightly alkaline soil.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 07:19

It's not the seed packets that are the problem in my life, it's the seedlings. I germinate the seeds in a small heated propagator but I can't afford to heat my greenhouse above frost-free so they they all have to come into the house. I start with the kitchen window sill, because that's 'mine', and the spare bedroom, with a little cupboard pulled up to the window for backup, then it has to be our bedroom and the living-room.......

Clay soil improver

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 07:34

You can make your raised beds and then simply buy in topsoil, but I think it is more satisfying to improve what you have. Each year it gets more and more loamy and rich and beautiful and you can say 'I did that'. Make sure the base is well broken up, to avoid a 'pan', then add every bit you can get of grit, fine gravel, composted manure and garden compost. Mix it up when you can, like a fruit cake, mulch autumn and spring and in a few years you will feel like Monty Don!

Lawn moss.... Help!

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 07:19

I think you have to see this as an ongoing problem, there is no quick fix. The key issues are light, drainage and feeding and you never can achieve perfect conditions in real gardens. However, you will improve the situation with regular spiking - use a hollow-tine aerator and then brush in a mix of compost and sand. You can reseed bare bits with a mix made for shade. There are right times of year for this but in my garden I just do a bit when I have the time and energy.(I am no longer 26!) If it is really bad or the garden is big, you can rent or buy machines  to help you.

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:04

Well, to be fair, I have had some excellent shrubs from Parkers at very good prices. As for all the leaflets, I really enjoy some of them. It's true I'm not ready for a stairlift yet but when I am, I'll know where to get one.

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