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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

Where are YOU?

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 20:16
I'm in Somerset, and spent the winter cut off and gazing at 2,000 acres of flood water (no water in the house so much better off than my Moorland neighbours down the road). My garden has lost a lot of perennials: they drowned in sodden heavy alluvial clay. Question: should I get more of the same, but plant them with a sharp sand mix, or give up and get things which don't mind having wet feet?

What magazines/books do you read AND actually use

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 20:07
The 500 Best Garden Plants by Patrick Taylor is really useful: a kind of plant 'edit' so you don't have to wade through too much information to begin with (also he lives near me so I know what kind of weather he is talking about)

How to grow Agapanthus with zero effort-do nothing !

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 15:16

That's what I have been doing wrong: I keep noticing mine, so it dies ...I never thought of neglect!

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Too much nitrogen

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Can anyone identify this plant please?

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Soft fruit

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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

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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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