Latest posts by shazza3

Potted Christmas tree

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 19:28

hello, I bought a really mini-version of one of these a few years ago as a temporary tree before we decorated our lounge. potted it on and then left it outside for the rest of the year. because it grew so big, transplanted it into garden and now it's nearly 5ft tall !!! it's doing really well, has put on a lot of growth this year as well.

am definitely NOT bringing it back inside.

good luck with yours

Japanese Maple Acer

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 19:24

hello, if you happen to be in a part of the UK that is currently getting really warm weather at the moment, I'd be watering this every day or at least every other day.

I'd also check for creepy crawlies around the plant although they don't usually have many problems, if it doesn't get any better, maybe it was poorly before you bought it and has only just come to light. you could wait another week or so, then if it doesn't improve, take it back to the shop.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 19:08

Ooppps, I took 2 x off it yesterday but there's one still in flower.

can I dry the ones I chopped ???


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:35

I've read that Earwigs could also be a problem especially with the Dahlias. according to what I've read, you place a cane with an upturned pot filled with straw them remove it next day and you should see a few of these pests. you will see the slug problem getting better the drier it gets, but they do like to hide under dense foliage, so you could also try looking under the foliage of other plants and winkle them out that way. 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:21

hello, because we've had such a warm early summer, all my plants have flowered and are now setting seeds. I've cut down some stalks of my lupins and was wondering whether I could save the seed heads for next year ?

if so, how do I dry them because the pods are all furry at the moment.

thanks, shaz

Horsetail problems

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 20:06

Personally, I would dig the whole lot up and let it die before composting it. Make sure you get all the roots out. if you must have it, put it somewhere where it won't take all the moisture/nutrients from around your favourite plants. Get it away from your Acer asap. This appeared in one of my large pots without me noticing probably a seed dropped by birds, and took over the whole pot/plant, it's a real thug. I think they look good around the margins of ponds.

Looking at your almost dead shrub, when was it planted ??

If it is fairly recent, you need to keep watering it regularly for at least 12 x months or so until it is well established. Perhaps where you've put the Sambucus is too dry an area for it.

Hope you manage to sort something out soon, good luck.




Posted: 13/06/2014 at 19:54

Steve, have you tried the nursery run by volunteers around the Sketty entrance to Singleton Gardens where the botanical gardens are situated or maybe the entrance to Swansea Market ???

I've seen a few plants being sold there by the Veg man.

I also live in Swansea


Help needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:53

thanks for all the advice, i'll see if I can find room in the border for the Courgetts


Advice needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:47

some great advice. going to try website first.

don't really want to make money just recoup the cost of the pots/compost. it all gets really expensive when you add it all up over the years.

my OH quite ruthless, says I should either bin the cuttings (he's a non-gardener) or charge for all the plants I pot up.

only going to charge a nominal fee otherwise I don't think i'll get many offers.

i'll let you know how I get on.

cheers, shazza

Advice needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:07

hello and thank for your advice.

as I don't have a big family & none of them are really interested in gardening anyway, though I could just charge a nominal fee say 50p or £1.00 per pot as they all have at least 2/3 cuttings in them just to cover the cost of the post really.

certainly don't want to make it a business !!!

it's just that I can't bear to compost perfectly healthy cuttings, it's like binning your babies !!!

I may put them on somewhere like Gumtree (local to my area) and see what happens. if I get no interest, will advertise for free instead.  

think I'm going to have to be a bit more ruthless in future when babies spring up alongside the parents.

thanks, anyway.



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