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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 18:02

What did you get keen? Sounds good value there 

weeded, planted and mulched another border.......poor hot soil up there with agastaches, penstemons, cannas, eucomis, sedums, guaras, baptisias, ceratostigmas,  helianthemums and shrubs.  Love mulching cos nothing transforms appearance better than mulching.

Is it worth removing dandelions from a lawn?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:47

Never seen birds feeding on dandelions.....where have I been?

daisy lawns, dandelion lawns,,speedwell lawns, buttercup lawns.....all so romantic or nostalgic. 

Trouble is these weeds/plants will take over and,,eventually, there will be no grass at all.  Just as well have a chamomile lawn or make a flower bed !

Is my Broom dying?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:40

Sonja,,are the stems green or brown? it should have green stems and small leaves.

no, don't prune. brooms will not respond to hard can only prune the new growth. Feeding will not help either. brooms, in my experience, are not good in pots. 

Sorry I think it has died but just leave it for now and see 

To feed or not to feed Kniophfia Limpopo?!

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:31

Hiya Missy krissy, 

yes,,you will need to feed them in a container and they get thirsty. They have thick roots so make sure container is big enough.  You don't say how big your plant is....limpopo?  don't know this one......but assuming it is garden ready size 

i would mix in pelleted chicken manure or dried farm manure into compost or at least apply a mulch with this.  Fish blood and bone too. And remember the watering. an additional tomato feed too once a week 

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 16:59

Ooooooo, sounds good to me Daniel 


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 16:26

The gutter system for me isn't ideal.....the soil breaks up when sliding it in place.  Just can't  see the sense in growing beet indoors when a cloche creates all warmth and protection needed.  for me space indoors (gh, conservatory) is very, very limited in spring.  Sown outside, job done 

right, off for a run....walk...with the dog .  Looking nice out there now if you count no sun as "nice" 

gardener's world

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 16:20

Gardening Australia.......keep forgetting .no edit button 

gardener's world

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 16:19

You wil enjoy Gardening Audtralia Sanjy.  

I agree with your assessment of GW but have come to enjoy it as a relaxing prog dogs but I dont take much notice of Monty's, lovely though they are 

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 16:15

No Sue

 new shoots should form on the stems.  When they do trim back any die back to those new shoots.  Try  to mantain that shaped top.  The leaves would fall off over winter...quite normal 

I assume it's in the ground?  Many grow them in pots but they really don't like it

Is it too late to prune a lavatera?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 14:51

Cheeky aym......I am shocked 

lucie no, not too late to prune lavatera but asap now.

they are essentially short lived plants and two things...should be pruned annually; should take cuttings every year

snow?  What's snow? 

Very warm here aym but damp....drizzle and dry spells so no sun today 

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