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unwanted willow tree

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 14:14

Cut through the trunk leaving a good length for leverage.  Dig around and cut the roots.  Use the trunk to wiggle and lever the tree out of the soil cutting any roots you encounter.

No chemicals involved.  If you just cut it down it will re-grow from the stump.

slug pellets help

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 00:02

Hollie hock, if you kill all the slugs and snails what will the wildlife eat?  

slug pellets help

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 18:07

If you believe hedgehogs eat slugs you are denying them food if you use slug pellets.

Thrushes definitely eat snails.  What will they eat?

The best way to kill slugs is to cut them in half with scissors.  The wildlife will clear up the remains overnight.

What not to grow

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 20:38

Celeriac.  Massive in the shops, I never grew them like that.  Swedes much prefer to grow in a field - buy them.

Grade II Barn backing onto neighbours garden

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 20:33

As it's listed you will have to get permission to move anything.  You may also be constrained as to the material of the new downpipe.

You also can't just discharge water onto anybody else's land .  In the final analysis they bought their property with the downpipe in it's present position.  Is your soil suitable for a soakaway?  If you are on clay it will be difficult.

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 17:10

1.5m from a building is too close for beech, or indeed any similar plant with strong roots. If it is that close to a building I'm not sure you should grow any thing as tall as 2m.

Often the trouble is roots getting into the drains and blocking them.

Eucalyptus can grow very, very tall.  What do developers know?

What doe Hybrid F1 mean on a seed packet

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 10:54

Heritage varieties are open pollinated.  Tomatoes are naturally self-pollinating so you can collect the seed  and grow the varieties again and again.

To produce the F1 seeds the companies will have to keep the parents from year to year if they want the same cross again.  But they will eventually be superseded as something bigger and brighter comes along. Some F1s will be worth the extra, some are little better than what has been grown for years.

But do not try to grow on from seed produced by the F1 plants, you will get all sorts.


Posted: 24/01/2013 at 00:45

artjak, the hardness of the water will not disappear however long you leave the tap water to stand.  Your best bet is to put some rainwater ice or snow in a jug and leave it to melt.


Posted: 23/01/2013 at 18:36

Are they garden plants or were they given to you as pot plants for indoors?


Posted: 23/01/2013 at 14:46

End of January seems a good time to chit potatoes.  Good Friday is the traditional day to plant your early potatoes.  Excellent timing.

You ask how to stop them chitting.  Why?  Surely you want them to chit?

I place them in egg trays in the light, but in a cool place.  You want short but sturdy chits.

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