Stephen Shipley

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honeysuckle growth

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:08

Depends on how happy the plant is and the variety. keep it well watered and fed(general purpose) keep pruning to  a minimum and train as needed.


Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:03

honestly i think your over thinking it. Pinch out the tops when they get bout 4inch mix in some grit and general purpose slow release granules into your compost and youll be fine. Gardening is a lot of trial and error as long as you learn from mistakes made your on a winner. i personally never let any bedding plants dry out because the plants become stressed which invites disease and bugs. Test the compost with yr finger if its dry water. Little and often. Ive being gardening for 3 years now and best advice i can give its not to make it too complicated.

Novice Gardener needs help

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 14:53

you sound like me all the joy with lille effort lol. Start with Perennials plants that come year on year but do go dormant in the winter. Good examples with plenty of flowers Lupins, paeonias ,penstemons, primulas, rudbeckia, cone flowers, sedum(iceplant). Get yourself a good selection of spring and summer bulbs and ya well on ya way. Think of gardening as a marathon not a sprint it will take a long time to get it how you want. Evergreens you could try azalea or camellias or down to orinamental grasses or other shrubs. Best advice would be to get to garden centre and look whats available.

Camellia flowers dropping

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 14:40

Camellias are very fussy plants and even with the advice of my local nusery, I struggle. Site is most important they dont like sun all day or wind. Drainage has to be good and mulch with ericaceous compost. They also aint fully hardy and frost can be an issue. Soil needs to be on the acidic side 5.5-6.5ph. Its hard to pin point whats causing it but on your next visit to your local grden centre ask, they a usually very helpful

Kind Regards


Weatherproofing Wood

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 14:20

Its all about personal choice if you after the rustic look and not worried about replacing them dont paint them. If you want to make it last longer then i would suggest a wood preserve. But as with most things you get what ya pay for, cheaper doesnt always mean better. I use cuprinol but again its a personal choice but i do have faith in it.

whichway is up

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 14:15

I cnt find them in any of my ref books either. My advice would be trial and error. If you pot em on in plant pots let them start to develop and adjust if ness.

why is my mustard seedlings dying?

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 14:12

Ive had a lot of my young seedlings killed off through damping off. Control the water you use and keep them on the dry side. Cover with fleece or card if a frost is forecast.

Kinds Regards


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