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Posted: 03/07/2013 at 18:34

Keen....not a frog.  Rivet, rivet.river...

Hey like your style though

 clearly a passionate plantsperson

Which fertiliser to use?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 17:34

Luke..acid to neutral is a range......a wide range  these plants will grow in most soils but it doesnt mean they are acid lovers like Rhodos, Camelias, azaleas etc.  Photinia, palm and hydrangea will grow in neutral soil

Help with plant identification

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 17:25

Not sure it is...Diablo has white flowers.  Are there different forms?

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:04

Artjak, Joyce grenfell seems to,have disappeared.  I have grown most of the varieties of pemstemon and very few turn out to,be pure blue.  Joyce grenfell was.  My plant ....only one remaining and prob 4 th generation cutting poor grower compared to previous plants.  Perhaps that's why it seems unavailable now.  I will still try to locate it though. ,if I do I will post on forum.


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 10:50

Morning olive tree

Prune now if it's finished flowering.  Simply cut out those stems that have flowered back to where you can see new shoots starting to grow.  It's these that produce next year's flowers.  If its fairly new dont remove older branches but it's advisable to take one or two old branches right back to the ground every year or two. 

Pruning keeps your bush floriferous and compact. ,

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 09:10

Hiya fidget

We have a guy with aspergers helping out at the foodbank.  He LOVES it.  His carers say he is at his happiest pushing trolleys of food.  We can near him coming.....he sings so loudly ne makes us laugh.    I'm aware of the dangers some addicts pose and  gardening is not the solution for everyone.  I will have to think more on this one I guess

Advice for a newbie

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 09:02

Hi resander

Good to have you on the forum

Not a great herb grower....but grow a few

Can you increase the depth of soil there?  No chance of digging deeper?  Or add compost to raise the level?

You need to remove all roots ....thorough digging now is essential.  Every trace of mint, blackberry etc, ok?

I would then add blood and bond, chicken pellets, etc.....before any planting.

Seeds should germinate now but check each seed packet.  Maybe buy the odd plant like mint, thyme and oregano.  I would not put any of these in your soil....instead pot these up.  They are invasive if planted in the ground and will simply take over

Best of luck ken 


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 08:51

Hiya fidget..all this is what you do not want, is it?   Do whatever you are comfortable with.  Sounds like not too much damage then?

My niece was hit by driver who drove off.  4 weeks later I caught him....had his number......and coNfromted him to his shock.  Not great damage done but got £400 cash from him that day.  For me it was's my way..but others prefer to let things go

Damp but already brightening up....currently radio says 24 degrees over weekend.

Busy today but garden now takes care of itself so prob cut lawns later

Oh...good morning everybody

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 08:40

Funny, isn't it?  For me it is invasive.  Leave well alone then.  nice foliage plant.  I have  persicara red dragon....for some it's invasive but not here......?

I will retreat with my have one.....between my legs..

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 00:03

Meant to say earlier at the foodbank we had a discussion we do when the hecticity lapses.....about the affect gardens and gardening can have on those with autism., drug and drink issues, general depression,  etc.,  etc.  Our local MIND group wants volunteers to teach and work with these people in a garden environment.   The tv prog tonight was well timed  for me. .Love your garden helped      convince me to find out more.  

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