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Entries from April 2012

Growing courgettes in large pots or growbags

April 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Growing courgettes in large pots or growbags. Courgettes are well suited to growing in containers such as grow bags and large pots. Best in pots using the largest post you have in the space available, remember the plants will also spread outside the area of the pot You are best using a soil based compost […]

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Climbing Rose suggestions for rose arches and rope swags

April 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Climbing Rose suggestions for rose arches and rope swags Rosa Golden Showers Rosa “Gloire De Dijon” Rosa Crown Princess Margareta Roas Gertrude Jekyll

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Non flowering lily of the valley

April 28th, 2012 · No Comments

As the clumps of lily of the valley get older they often stop flowering or reduce the amount of flowers they produce. To solve this problem in the autumn dig up the clump of lily of the valley in divide into two or three clumps and replant and then feed with a standard garden feed […]

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Stopping slugs entering houses

April 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Stopping slugs entering your house – one of the best method we have found at stopping slugs entering houses is to us copper tape normally used to stop slugs entering pots by placing the tape around the pot. In the case of the slugs entering a house place the tape across door frames and the […]

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Variegated Eleagnus Pungens has suddenly dropping leaves

April 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Variegated Eleagnus Pungens with many other evergreen plants often drop a large amount of leaves after or during the plant is being stressed. This stress can come in many forms such as a cold period in the winter through winder winds or heavy frosts or in some cases evergreens are under stress as they grow […]

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Care and propagation of Croton plant

April 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Croton plant varieties require heavy watering as well as high humidity. Misting the plant once or twice a week appears to be sufficient for accommodating the Croton’s humidity needs if you live in an area with low humidity levels. Keep the plants soil moist at all times. If leaves begin to fall off or slope […]

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Winter damage on victoria plum trees

April 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Victoria plumb trees they quite often get effected by heavy frosts in the winter that can kill the whole tree or just one side of the tree. One way of testing this is to lightly scratch the bark on the areas that have not show sights of life yet and if they are still green […]

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Trees suitable for a small garden

April 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’ Arbutus unedo Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ Malus domestica ‘Spartan’ Malus evereste Betula utilis ‘Snow Queen’ Prunus Shogetsu Amelanchier lamarckii Liquidambar styraciflua Moonbeam Sorbus aucuparia ‘Fastigiata’ Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’ Arbutus unedo Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’

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Cutting back hebe plants

April 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Hebes normally are not a plant that takes to being cut back into bare stems, it will often not shoot from bare stems. However one method we have tried with some success is to feed the hebe with a high nitrate feed before cutting back which has over an 8 week period encouraged new shoots […]

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Seed planting depth guide

April 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Seeds are a general rule are planted to a depth of one and and half times the height of the seed. If the seed is planted too deep it will in some cases grow but it will suffer as it will have to expend to much of its stored energy in the seed. Once the […]

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Frost damage on Gunnera plant leaves

April 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Frost damage to the Gunnera leaf, Gunneras are often damaged by the late season frosts because they start to leaf up quite early in the season, if the whole leaf is damaged they are best removed however if only part of the leaf is damaged it is best left as the undamaged parts of the […]

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