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Laburnum tree

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 09:28

I have a vivid memory of being about six year old and my older cousins finding a 'pea tree' in my back garden, I told them that it wasn't, but they ate them anyway and ended up in A&E getting their stomachs pumped

Poorly Acer, what do I do?!

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 09:12

I have three red acer bonsai (exactly the same variety) they were all fine last year, came into leaf this year at the same time, all in the same watering trough thru this hot dry weather, yet the one in the middle has wilted almost completely? its very strange?

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Lining a Vegetable Trug?

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 09:09

line it with thick plastic as it'll help the wood survive longer.

never liked the idea of raised trugs as too much watering is involved, if anything I'd add water holding crystals rather than gravel as you need to hold water in the soil not let it drain

best plants for a conservatory

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 13:43

don't get brugmansia (angels trumpets) as all parts are poisonous and the scent itself can also cause problems in an enclosed space!

my Jasmin (Trachelospermum)

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 15:04

it could too dry or too wet (depending on the soil type) or it could have been hit by a late frost

Carniorous Plants have been POISONED!!

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 15:02

sink it in deep bowl of water overnight, any residual oil will float to the surface,

after you've poured the water off think about repotting using a 60% peat, 25% sharp sand, 15% perlite mix.

make sure the water butt has been completely emptied and cleaned out before using the water again, but as long as you are not in a hard water area you can use tap water until it rains again. if not fill a bucket with peat and add water, after a week the water can be drained off and used safely.

and remember that most pitcher plants go outside standing in water in full sun during the summer and only need protecting from hard frosts (below - 5)

Brush Cutter advice

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:56

DON'T! I have seen blades snap and its terrifying, I saw one go thru a piece of wriggly tin sheet like it was made out of wet cardboard, god knows the damage it would do if it hit a leg!

I've also been hit by a rock thrown 30 feet from someone else cutting and I needed stiches - and that was thru thick working trousers!

Greenhouse whilst on holiday

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:51

get the biggest tray possible and put a towel in the bottom, soak the towel  and put the pots on top of it, this should keep them watered well enough,

I would leave the door slightly open to let some airflow, but to protect them from any possible cold nights.


Posted: 17/05/2016 at 15:21

sounds like a fungal infection, which one i'm not sure of, dig up and bin (don't compost!)

Planting a large Wildlife Pond

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 15:19

that's not a pond....its a small lake!!!

if its for wildlife then try and stick to natives, or domesticated versions of natives. you can however add some non native but be careful - stuff like skunk cabbage are on the edge of being banned due to the invasiveness of the growth habits and stuff like parrot feather ARE banned, despite still seeing them on sale in less reputable growing establishments!

try and get some mud from the bottom of an established wildlife pond as it'll have all the microbes and beasties you'll want in your pond.

small fish are fine (sticklebacks/minnows etc.) for a wildlife pond, goldfish or koi will eat everything.

make sure any plant you are planning on getting are researched, don't get flag iris or bulrush (Typha) as they'll take over in a matter of a couple of years

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