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Be honest now

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 21:56

What I hate about how people use slug pellets is that they apply huge amounts and their beds are a blue mulch. One or two  pellets per square meter is enough  - they are a bait!

Still not perfect for safety but infinitely better than common practice!

Talkback: How to increase tomato yields

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 17:31

Commercial growers get fantastic tomato yields but they don't taste so good. Concentrate on quality

My tips would be make sure that you have good light with clean glass and you give excellent ventilation

daffodil bulbs

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:55

On certain soils it might be better to lift certain ones such as tulips although on my own sandy soil I leave all bulbs in situ to naturalise and indeed my hyacinths and tulips are coming into flower now, some after ten years in the ground.

You MUST nanessa let them die down naturally with full light and if in pots sufficient watering  to build up strength for future years

I am not a great fan of lifting and letting them die down elsewhere but if you must use the space for something else then it is possible but will give very inferior results

Mind your own business

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:11

My partner, Brenda has just received a mothers day pot plant feature that includes helxine. (Sorry I don't use new names).

I won't be putting it in my garden although I would expect my glyphosate to control it.

My neighbour next door has it covering some crazy paving, it looks quite nice.

I have a very peculiar objection to it. It gives me a headache! I must have  worked with it for a client in the past and I must have a sensitivity to it. I just need to think about it and I get a twinge. Psychosomatic I call it. Others think me crazy.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:17

On the subject of leaving things in the car...

A friend kindly transported a six foot high spare cane begonia to a lady for her new conservatory. They found the only night of the winter cold enough for frost to penetrate when they failed to remove it from their car. We did not have the heart to tell them it was dead within a couple of days

They are not gardeners so will not read this….

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:06

It's great how gardeners get so much pleasure and success with such wildly different methods. Even the lunatics!

I am with Hostafun, no dig is the best for clay!

clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 16:12

Clay is a great constituent in soil as long as there is not too much of it. Unfortunately on some sites builders leave you clay subsoil or leave you a thin veneer of topsoil.

You will get plenty of advice to dig in lots of organic matter. As a no dig gardener I would suggest you add lots of organic matter to the surface!

Identify - Bush / Hedge

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 16:34

All agreed, a camellia! 

Shame it is not covered with fat flower buds at this time. It looks as if it might have been clipped, what a shame

My camellias are looking really good this Autumn with it being so mild and wet here in York. Looks very promising for Spring unless a late frost gets them! They grow well here but too often the flowers do get frosted in May.

Tulbaghia - wow!

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 16:22

Mine survive well over-winter in my gravel path on the  south facing wall of our house, they are still flowering now here in York.

I did have them for several years on my sandy soil in the open garden but 2010 winters killed them off

Anyone with a cold greenhouse can fork them out soil and all, and overwinter them in pots dec to march inside.

Whitefly on my mint plant

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:27

It does look like whitefly when you click on first picture on the shrub and I think I can see some more adults and young stationary scale-like nymphs on the mint. 

I am not a believer in seaweed for effective control and would be inclined to wait for the frost to kill them. Cutting back might help but will deprive you of your mint.

What is essential is not to take them into a greenhouse where it might infect other susceptible plants and cause problems for the future.

The whitefly will not seriously harm your mint at this time of year. Do cut it back in a few weeks time as whitefly has been known to overwinter outside in very mild winters

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