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My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 15:37

Poor year for me too with dahlias. I kept about 50 tubers last year they seemed fine after winter but rotted quickly when potted up. I think it just has been too cold. Only 12 have come back to life. Bishop variety has done the best and i have even split some of the tubers when they sprouted. some of the large cactus ones have come through but i lost all the dwarf bedding type. I also think they rather a dry heat. I initially started heating greenhouse with a parafin heater but it caused condensation. Switched to electric fan type and all my plants seem healthier. I always plant tubers with a bit of the top of the tuber showing above compost. i find if they are totally buried they rot easier. 

Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:17

many thanks Chicky will try this week

Evergreen climbers

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:16

thanks for all you help. We are a bit cold up here so I think I will move it to a more sheltered position. It was planted about 3 years ago but we have had loads of snow every year. thanks Gardfening Grandma I will try some high pot ash feed it only had a bit of general type feed last year so that may perk it up.

Evergreen climbers

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 05:42

 Hi can anybody help with my sickly looking jasmine. Not sure of the name, it is evergreen and I have a had a few white flowers in the last 2 summers but they are very sparse, the leaves are always yellowish and blotchy. It grows on a west facing trellis planter is about 2.5ft deep and 6ftlong x1ft wide. We live on a hill but the wind hits the back of the fence behind the jasmine So is fairly sheltered. On the same fence i have a climbing rose and a solarium(dont know if spelt right sorry) in seperate planters which flower really well, so dont know what I am doing wrong with the jasmine. They also get good sun from 10am till dark . Any ideas gratefully received

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.

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