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unknown fruit seed

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 10:15

looks like soft rush to me!

What tree is this

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:55

remove the dead part and if you want to move it give it a good soak first (and I mean almost drown it)

dig the hole that its going into first and fill it with water, then dig around the tree leaving as much roots on the rootball as possible, transplant with a little fresh compost mixed into the soil to go back in around the root ball. water in well then water every other day for a week and once a week afterwards until autumn. (more if it gets hot again)


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:49

it almost looks like one of the crickets my brother feeds his lizards with?

Mare's tails

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:41

also it can poison the ground with salt so nothing grows

Overgrown pond

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 10:41

just be aware that when you clean a pond out you need to keep as many beaties that live in it as possible, so you can put them back in when you're done. it'll hopefully help it establish without going green

last time i did my pond i bought a small kids paddling pool and stored the plants i wanted to keep in that till i was done, i also kept as much of the original water as i could and a large bucket of the mud from the bottom (with all the associated beasties).

i would get rid of all the iris and get some smaller domesticated versions, also try and avoid rushes (particularly bulrushes - Typha sp.)

You may have seen parts of this before?

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 10:31

you could always tell the school to set up a school allotment (even if its in big pots) and then they can find out for themselves!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 10:24

i have experience of giant hogweed burns, very, very nasty (like after snapping a flowering spike, the skin on the palm of my right hand pealed off over the next week, as well as splash marks where the sap had hit my arms, legs and side of my face!) and i still have the scars nearly 10 years later - this stuff is nasty to the extreme!!

easy way to tell the difference between native and giant hogweed, if its flowering and its bigger than shoulder height - its giant hogweed, its illegal to grow it anywhere and its the land owners responsibility to remove it once it is discovered

It is just... too hot...

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 10:18

I use shade cloth it helps drop the temp on a hot day to a bearable level for the plants inside,

i also have a 150 ltr slim line water butt in the greenhouse that acts as a heat sink (heat goes into the water during the day - cooling the greenhouse and gives the heat back out at night) I've extended this to my works polytunnel where i had a 1000 ltr IBC installed inside, I've actually adapted the top to work as a heated propagator in spring now!

Quick Growing Hedge/Conifers?

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:48

the only things that are good about leylandii is the dried logs burn well and the chipped up remains make great mulch!

if you want quick cover I would recommend trellis on the top of the fence/wall and climbers (but for gods sake not Russian vine!! why anybody would recommend that thug is beyond me, its like recommending ground elder as a ground cover plant!) there are numerous types of clematis and honeysuckles, you could also grow jasmine for its nightscent .

Sowing grass seed on a patch in high Summer - How to make it work

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:42

it only looks a small area could you not turf it? more expensive but instant effect!

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