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Apple tree

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:32

How close are they to each other? If the Salix and Hydrangea are mature I would have expected the apple to be suffering rather than the other way round.

Chilean Lantern Tree - crinodendron hookerianum

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 11:40

It isn't really a pot plant as it grows into a large shrub, mine are around 12 feet tall. I expect it would be OK in a large pot for a few years before it outgrew it though. I get some dieback on the tallest shoots in a hard winter but otherwise they are very tough. I have acid soil and a reasonably damp climate for the Surrey/Sussex borders. 

First thing to check when any pot plant dies is for signs of vine weevil. These horrible little blighters will destroy anything in a pot.

I need help! Base for Greenhouse

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 16:13

Depending on the size of the concrete slab I would suggest topping it up with another layer of concrete to get a level surface. Alternatively lay a couple of courses of bricks to form a new base for the greenhouse, taking care to make them level and square. In either case simply screw the greenhouse onto the base using Rawlplugs in the holes you drill in the concrete/brick or fixings like these You could lay a bead of mastic under the frame before you screw it down for added security and sealing.

Tree advice

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 12:05

Crab apple on M9 rootstock - flowers in Spring and fruit for jelly and for the birds.


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:38

There are timers around which will do what you want. I have a Gardena timer which can be set for a variety of on times ranging from 1 to 120 minutes. It can also be set to operate on different days of the week rather than every day.

The optimum volume of water will vary depending on weather, aspect, shelter etc. so it is worth experimenting as far as possible in advance to find out what works best. If in doubt less is better than more.

Pruning Alder

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 10:15

You can coppice alder. Leave it until the Autumn then cut it down to about 6 inches high. It will then re-grow with multiple stems. You can repeat the process every 5 years.


Ilex aquifolium golden king

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:53

Golden Queen? Two very misnamed varieties.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:49

I think I just spent the day trashing an undiscovered Roman ruin. Bricks, roof and floor tiles, ancient concrete, mysterious rusted metal remains, signs of burning, everything I have seen on Time Team digs. Either that or I have unearthed more builders rubble from the house's previous owner . Trying to clear a site next to the garage for a second greenhouse.

Invasion!!!! Already frustrated!!!!

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:33

Coffee. Make a strong brew, no decaff, use it to water the plot. Repeat for a few days. Caffeine kills slugs. More useful ideas here


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