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Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:47

word of warning - one friend of mine decided to plant an apple orchard in her back garden from trees bought from supermarkets, she bought 10 different labelled varieties of apples. they fruited last year, 8 are gala, the other two are pears!

just be aware that they are supermarkets not garden centres and plant knowledge is sparce on the ground - sadly seeing poinsettias outside just before xmas to seeing orchids outside last week at my local Aldi proves the point!!   

What is this?>??

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:39

looks like some sort of fungus/mushroom it was probably in the compost and the warmth/wet of the propagator has kicked into life, just pull it out and compost it.

Horticulture Dissertation Help - Ladies Only!

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:26



Posted: 19/02/2015 at 11:08

plant them as soon as you can, if you're lucky you might get some flowers this year, then next year you should get a good show,

if you trim them you'll kill them and if you try and store them till next year they'll either dry out or rot.

Pampas grass

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 13:57

if you want rid then cut it back as hard as you can, once it regrows leaves to about 6 inches long spray it with a high strength weed killer (glyphosate is good) you might have to repeat a few times (its hardy stuff) its a lot easier to dig out a couple of months later once its dead!

blanket weed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 13:54

blanket weed grows by using nutrients in the water, the koi are producing the nutrients (i.e. fish poo) as they get bigger they produce more poo - it could be why its only just started being a problem.

You can use barley straw, a UV filter addition, chemicals (not recommended) or shade part of the pond either with natural plants (water lily's) or with shade cloth in summer. or a combination.

I use barley straw, water lily's covering nearly half the surface and a UV filter. one of my friends has a filter system that runs thru a bed of watercress and then water reeds to take the excess nutrients out. works really well!

Spring Bulbs not flowering

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 13:37

its not spring yet, its still winter.

you wont see most bulbs flowering for another month or so in Yorkshire, with the exception of snowdrops (and maybe crocus - if they're in full sun) which should be out now.

Raised bed with clay soil

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 09:15

if you can break the clay into lumps and let the frosts at it, the clods with break up nicely as the ice in them breaks them up, then straight after some hard frosts mix organic matter and sharp sand/grit in, this will help the clay stay broken up.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:20

thanks very much, that gives me some ideas to research. 

Raised bed with clay soil

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:06

dig the top quarter of the bed out and get rid then dig plenty of organic matter (compost/rotted manure/leaf mold) into the rest and top with a decent layer of pure organic matter (rotted manure is best as it usually has plenty of worms) the worms will help turn over the bed for you in the future, just keep adding organic matter every year and after a couple of years it'll be good soil as clay soil is one of the richest nutrient wise you can get

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