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Latest posts by steephill

Moving daffodils

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 10:35

I saw a garden famous for its daff displays on TV last year or so where the very mature owner simply dug up and instantly transplanted any which needed moving, even if still in flower where you have advantage of knowing which variety you are moving. Very handy when sorting out a mixed planting. The trick was to avoid any delay, take them up with a decent root ball and re-plant them deep. He wan't particularly gentle in his handling but dealt with one plant at a time. Worked for him for decades so I guess there is something in his method.

My azalea has gone bananas

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 22:41

That seems very small for a plant that is 30 years old. Time for a good feed I think. Any idea what variety it is?

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 22:35

By privacy do you mean hide the fence and wall behind? I would cut them down to about a foot high to encourage thicker growth. Laurel is a vigorous fast grower and responds well to heavy pruning. I have cut down much larger laurel and they always respond by growing even more strongly. Don't worry about loosing all the height you paid for, that has meant strong roots.

Unidentified seedlings

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 22:26

Agapanthus?

Last year's carrots

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:40

Given the size of the carrots they will be very small flowers indeed . They were part of a novelty colourful veg seed collection I got as a joke pressy so no great loss. 

Last year's carrots

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:29

I sowed some purple carrots in a container last year but only got very small carrots so didn't bother to harvest them. The roots left over the winter are now sprouting again. If I let them grow (with feeding and watering) will I get larger carrots this year? 

Computers in gardening

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 09:55

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Search-Form would seem to be pretty close to ideal for you. Much as I enjoy browsing through the A-Z it is very handy to do a quick check via the web.

Bird feeder video

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 17:31

I put sunflower hearts into the feeder, any spills rapidly get mopped up by wood pigeons, blackbirds and chaffinches. A couple of weeks ago a pheasant took up residence under the feeder for a few days.

new house new garden and unknown plants

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:54

Can't help with the weeds but the bush is a nice camellia with lots of flowers waiting to burst out.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 16:59

Literally watching seeds grow - a time lapse video of a bean seed germinating. Took me about 6 hours to make but only takes a minute to watch. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/72183576  

Discussions started by steephill

Honey Bee swarms

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Last year's carrots

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Bird feeder video

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Problem viewing on Android tablet

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Hardwood cuttings from apple

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Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
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Strange broad bean

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Slow worms and roe deer

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Air pots

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Bean confession

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