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a mound problem

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 09:20

Plant prolific selfseeders: native foxglove, pink hardy geranium, Lychnis, nasturtium, bulbs for every season, poppy, calendula etc Spot-weed the worst of the weeds only. Let Nature take its course

Slug attacks on young magnolias

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 09:36

I enjoy my M. stellata each Spring so I thought I would buy some other species/varieties like Susan. The slugs dont touch the stellata, but they have reduced the new young trees to sticks, despite coffee grounds, copper strips and even pellets. Why are the slugs so keen to eat these young magnolias?

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 21:43

Pot-grown older hedging is always a bad buy. By the time the main stems are 5-6 ft the roots are tangled and starved, less likely to spread. Rootballed hedging is better provided there is a lot of root dug up and wrapped in hessian. Such plants need a wider deeper trench to be planted into, the height should be reduced by half to a third and each plant should be staked or tied in to wire supports for the first few years. Blood fish and bone dressing plus a 4-6" mulch of leaf mould/composted bark will give the hedge the best start. If all conditions good expect 2ft of growth a year, but be prepared to cut back outward growth and make sure the supporting ties are not cutting into the stems

Garden Sitcom Name.

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 22:28

Ready - Steady - Sow

Garden Sitcom Name.

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 22:26

How green is my valley

Talkback: Plants for green roofs with soil depth 150mm

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 22:22
Fair point, but the weight is distributed evenly over the area of the roof and a baseboard of marine ply will reinforce the span

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 20:41

I kept V. bon in their pots and plunged them into beds. They stayed micely prtitr. Anyone got a link to Verb lollipop please?

Talkback: Blood rain and butterflies

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 16:46
After a mild if tempestuous Winter I saw several early flutterbys, but only the odd one of each species. It would appear that former 'abundant' numbers have in deed become things of the past. A Fritillary appeared in our garden (South Wales valley) - the first I have seen in 10 years - I cannot say if that means they are frequent elsewhere for me to see one here, but despite planting for insects I see relatively few.
Steve Morris

Talkback: How to create a living wall

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 20:08
So, who makes/sells good living wall modules and how can I make my own?

Container grown Acer

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:48

Good drainage is many things to many gardeners. A pot should dry out at much the same rate as a flower bed would. A 5 cns layer of gravel covered by porous landscape fabric would be good for a long term Acer pot. The growing medium should be beefed up with some topsoil and well-rotted compost. Whichever Acer you decide on the most important seasonal task is to gently scrape away the top 5 cms of soil each Spring and replace with fresh soil compost mix, plus some pelleted chicken manure or similar. I have an Acer atropurpureum var. dissectum which has been 18 years in the same pot.It is 4' high, 4' wide and seems happy to grow slowly with fine foliage every year.

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Discussions started by smflyman

Slug attacks on young magnolias

Advice sought on a slug problem re magnolias 
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Last Post: 23/06/2015 at 15:09

Talkback: How to make a mistletoe and box Christmas ball

Nice, but some people obviously have too much time on their hands :) 
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Last Post: 05/12/2013 at 22:48

Talkback: Cleaning out bird boxes

Cleaned out our 2 boxes just now. Revealed the tragedy of the sodden Spring and early Summer. The remains of a Blue Tit brood in one and the... 
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Last Post: 22/11/2012 at 17:38

Talkback: Small trees for Chelsea

It will need to be a big greenhouse to bring on the Katsuras into a more green leaf :) Maybe Kew would lodge them? Good luck for Chelsea. 
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Last Post: 16/03/2012 at 10:39
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