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Taking cuttings

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 12:47
Thanks for your help obelixx. Does 'free draining' just mean compost with some sand added? or is it a different kind of compost?

Taking cuttings

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 09:38
Is this the right time of year to take cuttings from e.g. bay, ceanothus, euonymus? And how should I overwinter them? I know: basic stuff for many of you old hands but this seemed like the best place to ask!


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 21:06
Thanks very much: SBK sounds like a good solution. We will try that. Now for the pampas ... OH quite pleased at the thought of some mild pyromania.


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 12:26
Thanks Verdun: I figured that there probably isn't a short cut, but a fire sounds like a good plan. The problem with a trench is that the trunk is taking up most of a raised bed with a stone wall round it, and I fear that digging will destroy the wall. OH has applied his chain saw to the trunks, so at least it's now 9 inches high rather than 6 feet. Back to work ...


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 10:50
We have just moved and inherited a neglected garden with lots of potential. There are several poorly positioned plants we want to get rid of. How do we get rid of yucca roots? There was a multi trunked specimen in a small raised bed so taking a digger to it is not practical. Is there a chemical cosh we can apply? Any advice would be much appreciated. And then there's the pampas grass to deal with: it is sad that we will have to spend a lot of time and energy getting rid of things before we can start real gardening.

Talkback: 10 agapanthus to grow

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 16:28
But be careful to protect them from frost, and don't let them get waterlogged: my white one rotted very quickly last spring.

Moving plants

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 16:20
Not the ideal time to be doing this, I realise, but we are moving in two weeks time and I am taking some plants with me. Please can anyone tell me if peonies will object to being dug up and divided now, and whether I can risk digging up some shrubs I planted last summer. Thanks for your help.

Any advice on climbers please 😊

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:56
I was going to suggest a passion flower, but I don't know how well it will do in a pot. But once it has started the difficulty will be stopping it!

Plant ID

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:46
The second one is Chaenomeles Apple Blossom, I believe. Flowering very early this year, in the mild south west.

Harbinger tomatoes

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 16:35
I have been given some of these heritage tomato plants and they are doing well in a greenhouse: can anyone tell me if I have to pinch out the sideshoots or not? Thanks
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Taking cuttings

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How to get rid of roots 
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Moving plants

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Harbinger tomatoes

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Fig tree

Fruit falls off 
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Do you know what this pretty plant is?

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Iris bulbs

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Herbaceous/shrub clematis

No flowers 
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