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, woody rhizomes and replanting only young, healthy plants into freshly-prepared soil. IrisesGarden forkSharp knifeTrowelJuly - August30 minutesUse a fork to dig up a congested clump of irises. Ease the plants from the soil, taking care not to spike
. Garden fork Sharp knifeLarge potsGritty compost mix made from equal parts grit or perlite and potting compostLabel and pencilDecember - January30 minutesUse a garden fork to lift the whole plant out of the ground gently, taking care not to damage its
and below one at the base. Leave one leaf at the top and remove all the lower leaves.Dip the base of the cutting into rooting hormone mixture. Insert several cuttings into a large pot of gritty compost.Water well, place the pot in a shaded spot and leave
and replant.AdamAlthough the rhododendron layer will have rooted by autumn, to give it the best chance of survival, wait until spring before you separate it from the parent plant.More advice on propagating plantsDividing hostas, with video advice from Monty
for the following year.More on growing asparagusAsparagus beetle blog, by Richard Jones.How to improve your soil.Weed by hand video project.
.g. pyracantha. This is called wounding and helps the natural chemicals within the plant initiate root development. If you are propagating a whole hedge you can place lots of cuttings in a slit trench in a sheltered nursery bed. Line a 15cm-deep trench with a
with gritty loam-based compost and sow the seeds evenly across the surface.Sprinkle a layer of compost over the seeds, water, then stand the pot in a cold frame or sheltered place in the garden. Keep it watered and protect it from birds.AdamMake sure berries