Latest posts by Verdun

Is it ok to use fallen pine needles as mulch

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 22:02

we disagree then.  As gardeners do

i would keep acid mulch for acid plants. give alkaline mulches to alkaline loving plants.

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 21:49

I know a song that will get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves......







get on your nerves







get on your nerves






get on your nerves

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 19:31

Runny, you are a star.  Well done ....yep, in my team 

Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 19:29

Lesley,,I Would wait now until spring and prune as hard back as you like

Trev, unless paniculata type, wait until spring.  However, 2' is too small.  Remove old flowered stems back to next  pair of buds.  Cut oldest wood back to fhe base if you have any.  4' is not old is this bush?

dwarf fruit tres

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 19:00

Patrick, the advice most newcomers resist is about not allowing young fruit trees to fruit.  It really does make a difference to the development of fruit trees.  


Winca - how can i get rid of it?

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 18:57

Glyphosate of course works very well.

amongst shrubs you will need to dig it out,,pull it out by tracing the roots which are mostly near the surface.   I have never had great difficulty eradicating vinca.   Amongst perennials it may be easier to dig up the perennials, clean them of vinca roots and replant.  For some perennials, Linda, you could seize the opportunity to divide and replant. 

Soil mixes for summer baskets.

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:46

Gave up hanging  baskets couple years back...not enough patience

however, I would use john Innes....doesnt matter which but add food clusters.    Usually mpc for annuals but hanging baskets need more weight and water holding capacity.  don't rate water gel crystals.  

Whatever you use madpenquin you cannot avoid watering at least daily in summer, rain or not.  


Christmas songs with plant names in the title

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:35

Yule never walk alone 

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:33

The ying tong song v good for me.  The pure class and beauty of vocals and beat  

Celine dionne is fine.  Dire straits Too.    

Not a fan of Cliff or Sam Smith.  Liked his first record until I realised she was a he.....and his james bond song is awful.

Is it ok to use fallen pine needles as mulch

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:24

Hmm, partially agree with Tetley.  A dedicated acid bed.....blueberries as already suggested, cranberries, azaleas, kalmias,,pieris, andromedas, rhodos, loads more perennials too....would benefit from pine needle mulch.  

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