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Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 21:04

Any ideas on how to take camelia cuttings. I have seen a lovely red double petalled bush and would love to try and root a bit.


Bamboo taking over the world.... Okay, garden.

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 14:14

We have a black bamboo that even after a year was taking over. I got the otherhalf to dig it up.That was a huge job!! Then i got a back plastic bin drilled holes in the bottom. Sunk the whole bin in the ground leaving couple of inches above soil level. then i put a few bricks and stones in the bottom for drainage and put the bamboo back in the bin. 3 years later the bamboo is about 15ft high and looking fab. i put a watering can of water on it every week as it does drink alot. every year i cut about 6 of the thickest canes out at ground level and new sprouts come up, keeping it looking fresh.  hope this helps.. Monty's ideaon GW of using a galvanised animal feeder was great. I am going to have a trip to my local agricultural merchant as those feeders look really stylish when planted up and looking online they are far cheaper than metal planters in garden centres.

Minimum planter size for black bamboo

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:03

I got sick of mine spreading so bought a black bin drilled holes in the bottom, added some stones in the bottom for drainage and then sunk it into the ground. Bamboo is doing great. they do need plenty of water as they grown in tropical type climates. also they get quite tall so make sure your pot is heavy enough not to tip over in wind. 

Small tree for front garden

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 16:07

 how about an acer maybe a weeping type with the red leaves sorry dont know the name we had it in our old front garden which was sunny. we moved it to our new garden but it was too shady so i have had to move it to our back sunny garden.. it looked so pretty and was not to big near to the house


Hi all. just started landscaping my front garden which still looked like a building site. I am looking for a small tree or large bush for a focal point that does not mind shade. It gets couple of hours sun in the morning before sun goes behind the house and then catches it again in late aftrenoon. we are quite exposed being near top of mountain so got to be hardy. something that has summer flowers would be nice or verigated to try to brighten the house up. ground is now quite good as i have put raised bed in with plenty of horse condiments. Any ideas please

Fully Shaded Border, need help please

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:28

Hi Richard

Having your lawn relaid will not work as you will have the same problem with the dogs after it is relaid as the grass roots will not be deep enough to recover from the urine. I would rake the patches and then reseed. I have 2 beagle bitches and have particially trained them to pee on a small gravel patch at the side of my house. If i see them peeing on the lawn i put my washing up water over it. If they target a certain area of lawn i sprinkle pepper on the grass. .The lawn fix product also works as it encourages a dense sward of grass which is more resilient. There is no magic fix unless you are going to concrete, slab, gravel or lay artificial grass but i find that my spayed bitch's urine does not ruin the lawn as much as the entire bitch something to do with hormones I believe,so this may be another idea!

shady borders, i have used lavender, hostas, geum, gerainiums,ivy and even dahlias do quite well as long as the border is warm and sheltered.

Tackling erosion

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 20:56
Hi I have a similar problem at the back of my garden. The land behind my fence is about 15 ft lower and has gradually washed away undercutting my fence. Last summer I pegged chicken wire on the worst bits and then put new top soil in the mesh. I then planted it with burnet which i grew as plugs and threw more seed ontop for good luck. burnet has very good root system and is recommended to bind soil. Hessian would work in a similar way and you could cut small holes in it and plant through. My system has seemed to work it has all stayed put so far and we are on a very exposed hill when the rain catches the bank.

clean garden

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 22:37

I have been out too in the garden today and yes my back is truly broken after planting around 200 bulbs. It will be worth it in the spring! My worm compost bin has done really well spent ages trying to fish them back out of the compost to put them back in the bin before covering the border with the lovely fresh compost. there were plenty that got away but they breed like crazy so i dont mind setting some free and they carry on doing a great job in the garden.

Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 01:05
This year I have had a big problem with leaf cutter bees. They have ruined roses, Dahlias, pear, plum and the gooseberries my plants are bald totally bare of leaves. Any ideas on persuading them to move some where else. I didn't mind them last year when only a few leaves were nipped and it was fun watching them cart the leaves to the nests but this year they have taken over

Peace Lily

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 17:05

Thanks sotongeoff

Peace Lily

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 15:54

any idea what soil/compost peace lilies prefer. I have had mine 5 years and suddenly after flowering loads this spring it is looking a bit sick. the centre seems to have died and it has left me with 5 smaller plants around the outside of the pot. I am going to split it and replant in fresh compost but dont know what sort of soil they like

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