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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Lurking under pots and trays

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:24

They're great Nut. Can you send me some too?

My neighbour's daughter came round to show me her "tadpoles" she'd found swimming in a bucket in the garden. She was so excited. Took me a while to point out gently they were mosquito larvae

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:15

All of the above, plus the Faraway tree, but until I win the lottery I think an Acer Griseum, Prunus serrula, or Eucalyptus pauciflora. I love interesting bark. I'd say Hawthorn, but there are loads nearby so no need.

Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:03

Apart from Rhubarb I always compost mine. Didn't know you could use it directly onto Runner beans. Hmm will bear that in mind

What is it?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:46

I suppose if you'd got a red-splashed centre you'd be cross 

Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:43

They are best in sun, though I (and the insects) prefer the single ones. I gow the single californian poppies in my back garden and let them seed freely - which be warned they will - so if you're a regimental gardener you'll have your work cut out for years to come. I think they're a welcome addition. Not sure if the double ones self-seed though.

What is it?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:32

Hi, do you have a photo we could see?

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:30

Just watched A-Z of TV gardening where Christine Walkden has done a piece on Knotweed. If you have iplayer you should be able to watch it. Needs immediately tackling, otherwise it's a nightmare plant



Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:25

I've found garlic wash and coffee grindings work best - though not 100%. The one attached, War Paint, spent it's first 2 yers emerging and immediately getting eaten. Last year I put coffee grindings round the base and watered with a garlic wash. Result!


Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:19

I also add it to my borders or compost heap. It might be deplete of nutrients but it serves as a soil improver

Advice on replanting young unknown tree

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 08:08

While I'd agree with AB on the rest of advice, I think as this one is already 10ft high it might need staking until it settles in otherwise the weight at the top might be too much for the unsettled roots to anchor. 


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Push mowers

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