Quick Links
Expert supplier Media Clips Info Sheet Expert Advice
Gardening tips and gardening advice database header image 4

Entries from January 2006

Companion planting

January 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Question What is companion planting? Answer This involves planting simple flowers, such as Tagetes Marigolds, and planning how you are actually going to plant your crops. The marigolds will attract Hover Flies and Lady Birds, whose larvae eat lots of aphids. How you actually plant your crops also has a big influence on deterring pests. […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Black flies in pot plant compost

January 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have several houseplants which appear to have small black flies in the compost. Answer These unsightly flies are more of a nuisance than a pest. Their larvae resemble very small white maggots with black heads which, when watered, surface. They feed on decaying organic matter, it can be a sign that you have […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Brown and dead patches in my conifer hedge.

January 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have brown dead areas in my conifers which seem to be spreading Answer When brown patches appear in your conifers inexplicably, consider the origins of these conifers in damp rainy, mild woodlands on the western edge of North America. Many brown patches result from adverse growing conditions such as drought, frost or cold, […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Small trees for a garden with limited space

January 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Can you recommend a smaller tree for my garden? Tthe following small trees would be suitable for your garden. These trees are to limit the total size by light annual pruning in the autumn – Amelanchier lamarki, Gladitsia triacanthos Ruby Lace, Acer Negundo Flamingo, Malus Red Jade, Robina pseudoacasia, More

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Establishing outdoor azaleas

January 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I establish outdoor Azaleas? . Answer The best way to plant out door azaleas is to use sedge peat and an acid loving plant food. The sedge peat is the type of peat you find in cheap grow bags, used for tomato growing in a glasshouse. Azalea roots are always near to […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Ideal grasses for your garden

January 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Can You suggest some grasses for my garden? Answer Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ has yellow horizontal striped foliage for summer interest and then in autumn it produces silky, brown-pink flowers. Stipa Arundinacea continue to give form and shape throughout the year with the added bonus of autumn/winter colour. This grass is not tall – it […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Care of Cyclamen Persicum hybrids

January 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have been given a cyclamen for Xmas, how do I care for it? Answer With care, cyclamen will bloom for several months and will flower again in future years. Buy a plant with plenty of buds showing under the foliage and avoid any plants with drooping or yellow leaves. Choose a brightly lit […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Which plants from hardwood cuttings?

January 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Please could you recommend some simple plants to propagate from hardwood cuttings? Answer These are some of the easiest plants to propagate from hard wood cuttings- Ribes, Cornus, Salix, Forsythia, Vitus, Sambucus, Jasminum, Viburnum, Roses, Kerria, Buddlhia, Select wood which has had a full growing season to mature. Cut one year’s growth from the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Yarrow in my Lawn

January 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I remove Yarrow from my lawn? Answer Once established in your lawn Yarrow is (Achillea Millefolium) is a very difficult weed to control. It normally invades a lawn when it is weak through excessive use, or a stressful period for the lawn, for example, in a drought. Firstly, maintaining your lawn correctly […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Powdery Mildew

January 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Some of my plants have powdery mildew, is there a cure? Answer Powdery mildew tends to attack plants that are weak, often from being grown in the wrong conditions. It is best to ensure that plants are in their ideal position and have the correct treatment. For example, a sun-lover will struggle in shade […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Pruning a Wisteria

January 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Can you give me any gardening tips on Pruning Wisteria? Answer Wisterias flower more freely if pruned in summer and winter to build up a spur system in the same way you would encourage a fruit tree to create fruiting spurs. In August shorten-back the current season’s shoots to about 30cm. This allows more […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Non-flowering Wisteria

January 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have a Wisteria that has never flowered? . Answer If your Wisteria does not flower by July this year, I would try cutting it back and feeding it with a liquid tomato food. Unfortunately, a number of Wisteria have been propagated from parent plants that have never flowered that is why it is […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Improving your garden soil

January 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I improve my soil with the minimum of work? Answer With regard to your question on your soil, the best way to improve most garden soils is to spread organic mater on top of the soil and allow the worms to drag it into the soil, in doing so improving the soil […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Indoor Yucca care notes

January 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I care for my indoor Yucca? Answer Yuccas need a light position, but not in strong direct sun light, for example, next to a south facing window. They need watering little and often, so that the compost does not dry out between waterings. Feeding can be carried out once a month with […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Indoor Dracaena plant care notes

January 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I care for my new Dracaena Plant? Answer Dracaenas can tolerate most light conditions, except direct hot sun light and positions. Watering – In the indoor environment watering should be carried out weekly. Many people overwater the plant keeping the compost soggy. It should be kept moist, but not soggy. The soil […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Low maintenance evergreen plants for easy care

January 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I want to plant out a low maintenance bed with evergreen plants Answer Some good plants for this purpose are the following: Euonymus Fortunei forms – low growing, ground cover plants evergreen, Artemisia Powis Castle – feathery silver foliage, Berginia – low evergreen, flowers in the winter early spring, Cistus silver pink – pink […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Turf disease – Snow Mould and Fusarium Patch

January 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How do I cure Fusarium in my lawn? Answer This disease is the curse of anyone trying to create a first class lawn, especially now we seem to be getting warmer winters. The disease spreads in humid conditions mainly in the autumn and warmer periods of the winter. The best control is by cultural […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Swiss Cheese plants are poisonous

January 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have heard that Swiss cheese plants are poisonous, is this true? Answer Swiss Cheese plants are poisonous to cats and humans. If you have feline friends or small children this may not be the plant for you. The leaves of the plant contain calcium oxylate and if these, or the sap of the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Evergreen plants for chalky soils

January 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Question Please could you recommend several evergreen plants for chalky soils? . Answer The following plants are useful evergreen plants for chalky soils: Cistus, Choisya Ternata, Elaeagnus, Griselinia, Hypericum, Lauras, Pittospurum, Mytus, Mahonia, Rosmarinus, Pyracantha, Senecio, Viburnum Davidii, For More information click here

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Black spot on roses

January 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I stop the black spot on my roses? Answer Black spot is a fungal disease, and the best way to stop it, or cut back on the effects, is to use cultural methods which are as follows. Firstly, in the autumn rake up and burn all the old fallen leaves. Secondly, spray […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe