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The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:34

In my early gardening years, I decided a small tree would be nice just adjacent to the conservatory. I went to a renowned garden centre several miles away to make sure  I got the right thing. The label said small tree , slow grower to about 14 ft. I thought perfect, a White Poplar ! I thought poplars were great big things, but there it was in black and white - 14ft. About three years later, when it got to about 25 ft, I decided to look it up in the RHS Encyclopaedia. There it was - grows to over 100 ft. Out with the axe !!!

Bay Tree identification

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:23

Bought it from Aldi !!  Standard bay tree  £9.99. I only got it because it said L. Nobilis on the label. Didn't read the small print though !

Bay Tree identification

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:46

I bought a bay tree the other day, Laurus Nobilis. The intention is to have my own supply of bay leaves for cooking. On reading the label however, at the bottom it says ornamental only, not for consumption. Now I know that L. Nobilis is the culinary variety, so is it just a backside covering job, just in case they got it wrong? How can you tell if its the right plant?

Changing hydrangea????

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 23:08

Hydrangea colour changes with the acidity of the soil. I've even seen a large example which was half blue and half pink. I think this was due to the neighbours dumping loads of fresh (differing acidity) topsoil right upto the fence, whereas the existing garden-side roots were in a diifferent environment!

Fuschia problem

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:49

If they are potted and you 've potted them on to a bigger pot, the pot must only be the next size up. Putting them straight into a large pot will result in luxuriant green foliage and no or few .flowers

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:05

I've held off posting this until I've used quite a bit of it, but I've tried Homebase Plus with fair results. Its a little on the dry side and very compact, but crumbles easily in the hand. Its a touch on the woody side, so not suitable for seedlings, but for general potting up purposes, I've found it great. I've used 3 x 120litre bags of it this summer and its been consistent - and doesnt smell like a sewage farm! As long it remains as consistent, I think I'll stick with it. After all - if it aint broke, why fix it? I do add a little perlite or sharp sand - depending on the plant - from time to time as required, but I've used it on its own and it drains well and hasnt given me any problems. Thats all you need I suppose!


Standard Fuscia problem

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 23:48

The stem looks to be tight up to the support post. Are you sure it hasnt been rubbing against it in the wind?

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 23:05

I've used B&Q Verve MPC this year. I was a bit surprised at the amount of wood and twigs in it, but as yet haven't had too many problems. ( Got the glass bits before they got me). However, I used their growbags for the tomatoes, and I can honestly say that in all the years I've been growing tom's, I've never had such a disastrous year with them. I lost half of them shortly after planting in the g/h, and the rest are weak and straggly. I put it down to the awful weather earlier in the year, but now I'm not so sure! As far as the Verve goes, I mixed in some vermiculite and grit , and sieved it as well, to get a nice mix for the fuchsias. But I have to saythat I wont be using it again. Should we compile an 'approved list',  for ourselves, of composts  we know to be nice stuff, that we could refer to when neccessary?

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Discussions started by Scubydoo

Anybody had experience of water drippers for hanging baskets?

Dripper system not dripping far enough!! 
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Wot no carrots?

No carrots under verdant foliage 
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Bay Tree identification

How do I tell if my bay is edible? 
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