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Entries from April 2013

Plants ideas for Conservatories

April 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ Succulent with very dark purple-black leaves. Pinch out to encourage branching. Needs good light. Pot into Cactus compost and feed 2-3 times in growing season. Keep drier in winter. 60 cms (2 feet) Aloe brevifolia Attractive succulent forming geometric mounds of tight rosettes of short softly spined leaves. Grow in loam based compost […]

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Removing moss on your stone walls and paths

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

The best solution we have found is to use jeyes fluid diluted one cap full per litre of water either sprayed on or from a watering can with a fine rose. Aslo we have in the passed used iron sulphate and powdered sulphur applied directly to the most to renove it. Both treatments take about […]

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Reducing privet and yew hedges

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Both Privet or yew Hedge can be reduced quite drastically and if care for following the reduction they will recover from dormant buds in the stems. The reduction in the height is achieved by cutting back the hedges to the height required and then cutting back by a further 150 mm this is to allow […]

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Best way to water your plug plants

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

If you have recently purchased some plug plants one problem you might have come across it that they can be hard to water especially this the plugs become dry or they are a plant such as Begonia rex where ideally you do not want to get the leaves wet when watering. One method we use […]

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Starting early potatoes in this cold weather

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Starting early potatoes in cold weather or a cold start to the season, after placing the potatoes in egg boxes so they stand up and keeping them in a dark frost free area for a few days until they start to chit. They can be planted out into containers or into the soil. If the […]

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Grape Vines that produces grapes that split

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

With the changeable weather conditions many fruiting plants such as grapes can split as the availability of water varies dramatically. If you grapes are growing in soil and the soil is dry after heavy rain the plant can take up too much water splitting the grapes. The best method to combat this is to add […]

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The key to growing indoor lemon trees

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

The two critical items with lemon trees are the soil or compost pH level and the feeding. The soil compost needs to be slightly acid so you need to carry out a soil / compost pH and nutrient test to make sure that the pH level is correct it needs to be around pH 6.00 […]

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