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Let baby plants dry out? Can't be right?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 21:20

I see no point in deliberately letting plants dry out generally. pelargoniums like to dry out a little and then watered well so there are exceptions

my feeling is that over watering does not encourage roots to go deep.  Water to establish plants but always have the view that eventually plants will benefit from fending for themselves


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 21:02

Now I have several tall delphiniums and heavy spires of lupins the forecast is for wet and very windy weather come Wednesday.  not down here but hail and sleet is forecast too. 

Let baby plants dry out? Can't be right?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:59

No,,not at all.  You are right to keep compost moist at all times.  

let the compost dry out and it will be difficult to re- wet.

in most of the garden centres I am astonished by the lack of knowledge of the staff.  One guy in my local centre is constantly asking me questions yet he advises his customers. contrast this with nurseries where excellent knowledgeable guys advise accurately.

Choosing a flowering shrub for garden - where to start?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:51

Situation is crying out for a honeysuckle. use galvanised wire and galvanised screw eyes to create a support and plant a good scented variety.  It will flower for weeks,in summer and be semi evergreen.  

pittosporum Tom thumb

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 19:53

Tom thumb is the small purple pittosporum.

a large beachball?   this is going to be difficult Mrs Garden

I grow several of these......they are trimmed every year, sometimes twice a year.  I keep mine at about a metre high and as much across. 

Rogue plant taking over garden!

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:55

Hello angloaussie and welcome.

I don"t recognise this plant/weed. 

However, if it is "taking over" then treat it as a weed.

is it easy to dig up?  Does it flower?  If its easy to dig up then do that.  Just make sure all the roots have been removed too.

hopefully my reply will bump this up for someone to identify for you.  (Was an aussie in my childhood days )

gooseberry mildew

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:48

I wouldnt eat it.

any spraying regime for me would be a winter wash.  Correct pruning to allow good ventilation helps a lot helen.  

I do not spray anything I eat....what is the point of growing your own if you spray?


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:40

Wot...for me Mrs Garden?  Thanks. Love roast pork 

rub it in...cant grow meconopsis baileyii 

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:05

People are still comfusing "chelsea chop" with cutting back perennials in mid summer to generate more flowers.

Matty.  Your salvia is best by simply removing dead flower heads/stems.  Better to do this before the whole stem has flowered. When flowering becomes sparse then cut all flower stems, feed and await a late flowering


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:00

Also try a copper pipe/tube around the plant.

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