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Climbers advice please.

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 14:27

If you prune the Montana now, you may not get any flowers in the Spring.

5/10 for leaving the labels, pity they are not attached to the plants!

Again, if you prune too hard you may not get any honeysuckle next year, but on the other hand the wild ones get a short back and sides every Autumn when the hedge cutters come round, and they flower profusely.

I would be inclined to stay your hand and follow the good advice of the previous owner.  Do some decorating in the house instead!

Will I start a riot if I suggest men are too free with the secateurs?  Always remember 'Growth follows the knife'.

Autumn Fruiting Raspberries

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:38

Funny thing is - nettles mean rich soil.  Perhaps your neighbour has richer soil than you do!

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 16:34

Tim Burr, for goodness sake let the poor thing go.  He/she is a wild animal and you are causing the poor hog so much stress by handling it.  It did get caught up, but they are excellent swimmers, it will recover.

They are solitary creatures and it will have its own territory.  Let it go!!


Posted: 16/09/2012 at 15:52

Hollie-hock, it is very common for froglets to leave the pond on wet evenings. They often find their way into the house. They can travel a long way from water.

Just out of interest, what did your friend do with the little frogs when she had swept them up?  Did she perhaps put them out in the garden, or did she kill them?

water buts

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 10:58

Drive out into the country-side and ask a farmer!  If you are offered a container, remove the stopper and sniff the contents. It should have been emptied and washed out.  Try not to accept a container that has previously been filled with oil or spray chemicals.

We used fruit concentrate containers for emergency milk containers in the past.  They are now my water butts.

They are available on the net.  Just needs a bit of research. Some people use old metal honey barrels with holes cut into them as incinerators. The incinerators in DIY stores are uselessly flimsy.

Sowing Winter Onions

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 12:56

To stop them being pulled out, start them off in modules and grow them until they have a green shoot and roots before you plant them out.  The birds will then leave them alone and you won't have to net them. 


Posted: 09/09/2012 at 12:52

It looks on its last legs.  I would be inclined to replace it.  Why not beg a cutting from a neighbour with a good-coloured bush next Spring?

As to pruning; it is best practice to cut out one-third of the branches after they have flowered each year, then you will have a sucession of healthy new growth each season.

Soil disposal

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 12:44

You can put it in old compost bags - ensure you exclude the light - then leave them in an out-of-the-way corner and forget about them for about a year.  Or if the volume is large, cover a pile with black plastic and leave for a good length of time.

You will then have some weed-free soil to use in the garden.  Never throw away soil, if you can help it.

Try not to put it in the compost heap or any roots of perennial weeds will shoot next year and seeds will germinate.


Posted: 09/09/2012 at 00:17

Yes! It will grow into a tree.

Fig Tree

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 18:32

Plumstone, I think you inadvertantly gave incorrect advice in your post.  The figs that will develop and ripen spend the winter as embryo figs no bigger than a tiny pea in the leaf axils at the top of the branches.  If you rub them out as you advise you will not get any figs the next year.

The figs that should be removed from the tree in autumn are those that develop in the spring/early summer, which have not had time to grow to maturity in this country, outdoors, where they are really on the edge of their range.  They will have the typical fig shape but they are small.

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