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Posted: 24/03/2015 at 07:02

Hello forkers.

first to post at 7am 

had a little rain last night....first for a while...but dry now and calm.  Freshened enerything up 


Help with fertiliser

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:12

Certainly use an organic fertiliser.  An artificial one will simply scorch.  Pelleted chicken manure is good too

in autumn try to get plenty of bulky organic matter onto your soil Sarah.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:08

No time for gardening but fed lawn.  Good timing because the rain started just as I finished.  Well, I do have influence 

It's my birthday

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:29

Happy birthday flumpy. 

Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 11:51

Never been convinced about the Xhose.  I went for a better quality hose......10 year warranty I think, kink free and is perfect for me

Shazzycat, if your,x hose has broken in 2 years then another will do the same. Return it saying "not fit for purpose".  It should last longer than that so I would go for a conventional hose as a replacement.

if you,got to,the supplier with calm confidence you should get a refund or replacement quite effortlessly 


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:55

Hello forkers 

cloudy.  no wind. Dry. Might nip out and apply lawn feed later.  Forecast not too good for the week 

envious of those who can grow those blue poppies. enjoy the skip filling Punkdoc 

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 23:28

I have a feeling that your Flamingo,is fine, just late in shooting Claire.

however I agree with,the tests and if it has died contact the supplier for a replacement. ,  was it local gc or online?  any reputable supplier will replace it 

What's wrong with my Leucothoe please?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:18

Oh ok.  Should have gone to spec savers 

does your plant have an acid compost?  for me a john Innes ericaceous is ideal.  

Newbie, repairing first lawn

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:14

still time to renovate that lawn.

I would apply a lawn weedkiller/mosskiller then a week or so later rake quite vigorously. it will look awful then but don't panic. if it's reasonably level apply a dwarf rye grass mixture...a very hard wearing popular seed mix. If there are some high spots or hollows try to level them out and then sow seed.

keep surface moist....not wet...until germination and try to keep off until growing well.

best not to apply a granular feed now because you've sown seed but 6 weeks or so later use a liquid nitrogen feed.  Another 4 weeks later you can liquid feed again to achieve a nice green lawn.

regular mowing.......once a week if you can.....and some treatment in the autumn will help keep your lawn healthy.


What's wrong with my Leucothoe please?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:01

I dont grow this needs an acid soil that's why.  However it looks like a fungal issue to me.  Have you been watering over the leaves at all?  The other thought is that it should be outdoors.  

If mine, I would put outside and spray with fungicide after removing affected leaves.  

I first thought your plant was simply developing it's red leaves.....thought it was Scarletta.......but can see clearly they are fungal spots.  

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