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Rhubarb pests

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 20:39

Looks like slug damage to me. Ay a visit ater with a torch.  Bet you see a big fat slug 

Bark wood chippings from sawmill - is it a problem mulch/ weed cover

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 20:34

Yes that's fine 

Bark wood chippings from sawmill - is it a problem mulch/ weed cover

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 20:02

Pines are very acidic so BT different.  Would still use as a mulch around,blueberries, Rhodos, etc

Wouldnt burn Bekkie.  Keep until the winter then use.  However. You could use them now and add sulphate of ammonia ....perhaps for lettuce, etc.  I have dome this around gooseberries 

Bark wood chippings from sawmill - is it a problem mulch/ weed cover

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:32

Those woodchippings...and sawdust....take nitrogen from the soil as they rot down so not good during the summer months.  Use as a mulch in autumn though and add fertilser early next spring.

Just check though, as Dove says, about any wood treatment ....if treated don't  use it.  Otherwise a nice thick mulch over winter is good.   


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:26

Deadhead for repeat flowers.  Simples 

(cut flower stems to base not just pinch off flowers)


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:24

A picture will clarify purpletrace.  My money is on cyclamen 


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:17

Hot, hot hot today.  

I think the Wimbledon champion will either be federer or djokovic 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 17:44

and this is summer glow.  only just opening really and I think now I should have taken this from other side. In reality this is a delightful plant


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 17:39

a couple of my agastaches as promised.  this is blue boa.  It will flower ever more impressively as summer progresses!

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 09:37

I would prune it back NOW.  As already said, Photinias can be pruned 3 or so times a year.  it encourages those red shoots.  Give it a granular feed and water it well.

Dont be fearful of hard pruning....Photinias are often grown as hedging plants and therefore emenable to regular cutting.

Photinias are messy, leggy and fickle.  I had 2 ....sInce removed....and currently have a dwarf and variegated variety. They look better on the nursery shelf than they do in the garden.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Impressions of the posters here

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Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

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They're bossing it now........

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Love your garden

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hardy geraniums pictures

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Blue foliage

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What's your acronym? A guessing game......

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