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What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:58

Can do fishy but I found that plants ran out of steam early in summer.....not because of nutrients but because soil became spent in quality. However, usIng half and half old soil and new plus an addition of dried manure was ok.  For me though the possibility of vine weevils lurking makes me use fresh each sason. 

Is it too late to prune shrubs?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:53

No Jack.  None of those will lose,the flowers on ..deutzia, weigela and forsythia if you do.  A good general rule is to prune just after flowering and then to prune correctly.

Advice on Fuschia, please.

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:50

Fuschias are offen just left to grow huge down here.  In a garden I helped restore fuschias were eeeeeeenormous.  They grow in hedgerows and in wild areas so can and do look after themselves pretty well. 

I cut down in autumn.....prob very soon now....and they shoot again early in spring so, as Lyn said, they are indeed toughies.  However, in colder  areas best left until spring before cutting back.  A mulch is always good and a granular organic feed in early spring 

What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:41

Empty on garden ........checkimg for signs of vine weevils too.


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 08:46

Howdy folks 

Lovely and sunny right now.  

Re UKIP, have to say well done.  Everybody is ganging up on UKIP offen for wrong reasons.  I don't this is  a party of racists at all.  The main parties have been complacent, insincere and ineffective.  UKIP will not win power but it will shake them up and we should gain.  

No bulb planting or gardening.  Still enjoying a garden full of colour.  Plenty of time (down here) for that.

Lyn, never thought about cuttings from wallflowers .......makes a lot of sense.  always learning something new arent we?   

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 00:11

Best wishes to all of you with big  worries about your loved ones.


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 00:06

Seemlngly over drastic but I cut all my pelargoniums in the conservatory very hard back today.  Hardly a leaf to be seen and all dead and dying debris removed.  Then a good watering.  It's what I do every year at this time.  They will all quickly regrow in a short time.  I will do a similar thing in spring .  It means pots can be closer together and create space for other plants to be brought indoors for,the winter......cuttings and young potted plants.  


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:52

Always exceptions but generally kolkwItzia best pruned every year ......same way as deutzia.....amd as I described before.  I can best describe the advantage of pruning these shrubs correctly by comparing mine with a neighbour's.   Mine fllowers loud and proud above the foliage in early summer.  My neighbour,,who hacks willy nilly, has flowers(some) hidden amongst the foliage.  To retain compactness too a good  pruning  regime is important 

Mike doran, almost forgot your question.  Trim those roots back and check that the snrub is not rootbound.  I would loosen the root system and cut back top growth by half and some to,the base.  plenty of good stuff in the  planting hole and water well.  For next year leave well alone and, hopefully, prune correctly the following year after flowering

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:40

Mind you, we do have a tendency to build up.people and their reputations only to then  try to destroy them.  We,do it with our sportsmen, statesmen and tv celebrities.  What then do we do?  We rally around them when we perceive they are being attacked 

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 20:29

The theme of this thread seems to  have shifted a little.

However, the forum is great.  The people are great.  The kindness on the forum is clear to see .  Differences in opinion, advice and experience only adds to the wonderful mix ........ain't I a crawler ?  


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