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Veg trig

Posted: Today at 14:12

or you can use a nematode vine weevil killer, I've used it in the past when my greenhouse got infected. very effective

Talkback: Indian summer

Posted: Today at 10:59

pick off the flowers quickly, you don't want the tree to waste energy on flowering when it should be getting ready for winter, it'll effect flowering (and fruiting) next year

A basin of celestial being

Posted: Yesterday at 09:55

remember to feed and water during the summer (May to Sept) as they do actually appreciate it,

I tend to put mine in a sheltered, sunny spot in the garden and feed once in May and Sept and twice a month the rest of the summer (check the feeding ratio!). just make sure the drainage hole is clear in the bottom of the pot.

keep it dry during the winter - it is wet that kills the most cacti, not the cold - many are frost hardy!

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 09:57

in the short term yes, you can go two routes.

repot every couple of years into something bigger (in 20 years have something the size of a bathtub) or go the bonsai route and prune roots and shoot every year. Eucalypts do well with coppicing, so chop it to the ground every few years and it should be ok in a large pot

When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 09:54

group the pots together, just like penguins huddle it'll keep them warmer, put them somewhere that gets afternoon sun (not all day or first thing as the heat can burn frozen leaves) and if it gets really cold (like below minus 5) then wrap the lot in a couple of layers of bubble wrap.

oh and you might want to raise them up a little as the cold might not kill them but being waterlogged might!

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 09:46

took a four year old seedling and started training the shoot and roots, pretty simple really

Broken rose

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:33

if its snapped completely off then take it as a cutting, and hopefully you'll get a free plant.

the broken bit on the plant needs neatening off, but at this time of year it should be fine


Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:25

3 to 5 inches a year, in a good year maybe 8 inches is a decent growth rate for a oak tree in this country.

Saying that I do bonsai trees and have an oak tree that's 9 inches tall which is 12 years old!

Starting a wildflower 'meadow' on clay

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:17

make sure you sow onto clear soil and not onto grass (I work with community groups and often see them throwing money away by putting expensive seed straight onto lawn)

also the poorer the soil the better, if you can take off any fertile top soil it will help. break the clay up and add a bit of horticultural sharp sand (or the normal stuff that you've washed works just as well) get it nice and flat and sow either now or in late March.

make sure you cover it or the birds will eat all the seed

I would also go for the 100%wildflower mix as grasses will arrive on their own

'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:53

you could spray the bits growing on your property in the hopes it kills the plant?

I would recommend doing at night so you cant be seen, hopefully she'll just think it died on its own!

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