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Entries from February 2013

Plants to cover a North facing Shed

February 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Plants to cover a north facing shed have a look at Pyrcantha orange glow and Garrya elliptica both are evergreen and have interest in the winter the Pyrcantha with berries and the Garrya With catkins. They also are free standing needing just a few wires for support and training when first planted. Both are also […]

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Pruning over grown Forsythia plants

February 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Forsythia plants are one of those plants that benefit from hard pruning every few years. It keeps the stems freash and help to produce lots of new wood to carry more flowers in the second year of growth. Your Pruning program for pruning Forsythia should be to after its flowered in the spring remove the […]

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Hedge plants suitable to slow run away cars

February 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Suitable hedge to slow run away cars. We suggest using yew as a suitable hedge to slow run away cars. Ideally using yew planted three to the metre. Also you could build a fence in the hedge of steel tubing such as scaffolding tubing which the hedge would grow around and add additional support and […]

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Controling aphids in your garden with flowers

February 7th, 2013 · No Comments

you can plant a number of plants in your garden that will help to control aphids and other harmful insects in your garden in a type of companion planting. Examples of these plants are as follows. Marigolds, Tagetes, Calendula and Pyrethrum. All can be grow by sowing directly into the soil in the spring in […]

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Clover in your lawn

February 7th, 2013 · No Comments

If you are into wildflower meadows clover in your lawn might be a very welcome sign as it has some fantastic flowers and attracts loads of bees and other insects. However if you are aiming for that quintessential English lawn look with the strips just as you see at Wimbledon ever year. Then the appearance […]

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Best time to use lawn weedkiller

February 7th, 2013 · No Comments

The best time to use lawn weedkiller is in May, when plants are growing at their fastest rate, particularly if you are using Verdone or a dry phosphate. All plants have a chemical growth clock which will stop them from outgrowing themselves. Verdone, for example, contains 2-4-D, which alters the growth clock so that the […]

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Brown buds on your camellia plant

February 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Brown buds on your camellia that are more on the outside of the plant and not the centre of the plant are often caused by exposure to cold frosty and windy weather in the winter that’s causing as the buds form or start to open. It sounds as though the plant it growing in a […]

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Moving a Yucca Plant

February 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Moving a Yucca plant, this is best done from the end of November until the end of March, after this period the plant will have a problem developing new feeding roots to access soil moisture, in any event you will need to water it well in the spring and summer after the move. With regards […]

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Tips When Laying A New Lawn In The Winter

February 6th, 2013 · No Comments

When putting down a new lawn in the winter the soil is often not very workable especially if its a heavy clay. When soil is heavy and unworkable its often difficult the work the soil to create the levels you require for a newly laid lawn. One tip to combat this is to spread screened […]

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Potash from Burnt Turf

February 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Burnt turf the type used in old fires produces ash thats a great source of potash and trace elements for feeding you plant or for use in a potting compost. Its high in potash and can also be used as a top dressing for lawns. As a top dressing for lawns you need to spiking […]

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February is the best time to clean out your glasshouse

February 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Cleaning out your glasshouse is one of the most critical tasks to achieving abundant summer crops. Its important because it kills all the over wintering pests and bacteria and fungal diseases which have used your green house to overwinter. Cleaning you green house is easy but hard work you need to climb into some old […]

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Moving a Hydrangea not an easy project

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Moving an establish hydrangea is not the easiest project simply because they are very hard to move with any of the smaller fibrous roots. Moving it in January February is OK in fact its one of the best times. Just make sure then you move it there is no frost in the ground as this […]

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Winter leaf drop on a Blood Orange tree

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Although Blood orange trees are evergreen winter leaf drop on Orange is quite normal at this time of year because of the lower light levels in Northern Europe in the winter. However it could also be the plant moving nutrients from older leaves to newer leaves this can be down to the lack of food […]

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Growing Jicama in the UK

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Can you growing Jicama in the UK. The answer is yes as long as we get a long season which we have done over the last few years. You will need to start the seeds early i.e now on a window sill inside them move on the 6 inch pots using John Iness soil based […]

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Algae, lichens, liverworts and moss control on paths

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Slippery paths and steps covered in algae-like growths, liverworts, lichens and moss are hazardous. Winter is traditionally the time when algal, moss and liverwort growth is most significant, but build-up can occur during any wet period or in shady, humid areas. On stone and timber features lichens and moss can be very attractive and give […]

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planning your tomato crop with changing weather conditions in mind

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Its that time of year again when its time to sit down and start planning what vegetables you are going to grow in the year ahead. As in recent years the weather has been extremely changeable its worth taking this fact into account and panning a number of different varieties of the same vegetable to […]

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Removing a buddliea from a wall

February 4th, 2013 · No Comments

We get lots of questions about removing Buddliea plants growing out of you house and garden walls. They are one of these special plants that can grow just about anywhere their is space, in walls mainly created with lime mortar or in railway sidings. They seem to require little or no soil so get a […]

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Growing Begonias from corns

February 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Begonia corns are beststart them in January February in a dry soil based John Inness compost lightly watering them every week on a cool window sill in a cool room maybe a hall way etc. Then In April I would move them into a glasshouse with frost protection using horticultural fleece and a small heater […]

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Getting your Christmas Cactus to flower

February 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Treat them mean and keep them keen – a term not often used in relation to plants but in the case of a Christmas cactus its the key to getting then to flower at the best. Ideally they need to be grown pot bound and slightly under feed so the leaves start to yellow in […]

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Indoor orange trees and red spider mite

February 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Indoor orange trees in the mid winter months often suffer from red spider mite. Its a very small spider very hard to see that attacks the softer areas of the foliage i.e the newest growth. You can treat it with a organic soft soap spray or you can you an insecticide such as Provado which […]

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