Latest posts by Wintersong

May In Your Garden

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 19:47

Oh well done you! Now come and do my garden

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:38

And there was me feeling guilty about guillotining slugs with my secateurs It is a quick death no?

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:04
Green Magpie wrote (see)

We have two acers of this sort (the dark purplish ones) in pots on the patio. The inner pots are about 25 cm across. They've been there for 4 or 5 years and at first I put some pansies around the edge to fill up the pot and add some winter colour.

Blimey! I bought my Acer last year as a tiny twig that needed supporting with canes to stop the wind snapping its stems. I did exactly as you suggest, sinking my potted on Acer inside its intended larger stone pot and hiding the rim with gravel but when I had to take it out of the outer pot at the end of the summer its roots had gone besserk, leaving its 2lt pot and travelling down into the soil through the drainage hole!  I was gob smacked, potted it directly into the stone pot and left it be. Earlier this year, I move the stone pot and its roots were still contained, thankfully.

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 12:55

On the subject of Ph for Acers, I have a green leaved one growing in the ground that has never suffered although the last ph test I did was neutral, (must do one again) I did read that the dark leaved type require acid or neutral at the least, thus mine is in a pot to be sure. Also, because I don't want to dig this beauty up if I ever love.

I use rainwater unless supplies are low at which point I might use either left overs spring water or tap water which is hard in my area. I'm sure a few doses won't harm it in the long run

Japanese Maple lost shade

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 09:18

Yes. Anything that prohibits sunlight will effectively provide shade  and allow the maple to put on some new growth. I would feed it to help that process along

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 22:56

I have Acer Palmatum Dissectum Garnet growing in a large stone pot and ericaceous soil. I bought it last year in a 1lt pot and its already doubled in size. I do recall that their roots travel quite deep, here is a good link

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 22:20

You are definitely glitched!

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:59





Filling a raised bed

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 20:43

using just multi purpose compost would be very wrong. 1. the nutrient levels are quite low and don't last long. 2. it is likely to dry out quite easily, turn to dust and blow away. 3. whilst too much water will turn into a sodden sump. Over watering plants is worse than under watering.

I'm no expert, but a decent top soil will add bulk and stability + the well rotted manure is good for water retention and nutrients = awesome veg! Simples.

Not sure about squashes since I've never grown them, but Monty shows exactly how to plant courgettes on this forum and you can't go wrong with Monty

May In Your Garden

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 20:32

@David Spikes, thinking about it...we want to see your garden in glorious technicolour! or should that be technicolor?

Can you make us a video pretty pleeeeeease?

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