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Entries Tagged as 'Tim Whitcombe'

Best Time To Prune Holly.

July 15th, 2016 · No Comments

When to prune your Holly the best time is during the summer – July and August is an ideal time.If however you want to promote bushiness then you can prune in June so that there is more time left during the growing season for them to bush out.If pruned in the winter months holly often […]

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Frosted Bottle Brush.

July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Frosted bottle brush all I think you can do is wait and see.Come spring it may well start sprouting again.You could possibly protect it now with horticultural fleece, however the worst of the damage has probably been done.In the spring the way to tell where there is live wood is to start at the tips […]

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Climbing Plants For A North-Facing Wall.

July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Most Clematis are fairly good natured about a north-facing siting, and they are fast growing – Clematis montana has a profusion of pinkish flowers in spring and Clematis armandii has a very attractive smallish white flower and has an early spring flowering.Or you could try Pyracantha orange glow,which has a small white flower and very […]

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Easy Inexpensive Garden Plants In Pot.

July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Starting to garden there are many great plants that can be grown in pots relatively inexpensively. Herbs generally come in 9cm pots from garden centres and can be used in cooking too.I like to make a herb pot with sage, thyme, marjoram and fennel planted at the back.These plants will eventually out grow the pot […]

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Meconopsis Betonicifolia From Seed.

July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Sow February to July at around 15C (60F) on the surface of a free draining, sterile, damp peat/sand mix compost.Light is required for germination so do not cover the seeds – just gently press the seeds onto the surface of the seed compost. High humidity is required – cover the seeds with a transparent propagator […]

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Damaged And Wilting Tree Ferns.

July 5th, 2016 · No Comments

Quite a few people are concerned about their tree ferns, with fronds that have lost colour and become blackened, or are curled and brown.Because of the particularly cold winter we’ve just had, it is likely that these ferns have been ice and frost damaged,and if the plants have not been able to dry out sufficiently, […]

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Weed Control.

July 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Question What is the best way to control weeds? Which is the best fabric, a polyethylene type fabric or hessian? Answer For weed control,the fabric we recommend is one from Tenax.co.uk and can be found in B&Q.There are other forms but they tend to rot very quickly. If you need to create an old style, […]

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Yellowing Cherry Laurel Leaves After Planting.

July 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Yellowing cherry laurel leaves on newly planted plants on last seasons growth tends to indicate that the plant has suffered a shock or being checked during the transplanting or planting.It could also be the shock of winter winds so in this case in the spring we recommend feeding all the plants now with a handful […]

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Ants In The Garden – Tips On Control.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Ants can cause concern but they are a nuisance rather than destructive pests.They feed mainly on insects,including other ants.They also look for the sweet liquid known as honeydew,which is excreted by aphids and some other sap-feeding insects. Ants can protect aphids from attack by ladybirds and other predators in order to secure their supply of […]

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Prevent The Spread of Snowberry In You Garden.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Prevent the spread of snowberry in your garden,the best way to stop snowberries spreading in your garden is to use roundup weed killer by applying it to the new sheets that appear.The round up weed killer will travel back up the stems and kill the roots.Round up weed killer is available from homebase or most […]

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Creating Garden Borders.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

When creating a Shrub Border in an existing lawn, there are a few steps that one would have to follow.Here at GardenAdvice,our experts recommend to gardeners performing this exercise,to take the following steps in order to make this task as simple and straightforward as possible. Firstly mark out the area with a hose pipe or […]

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Fungus In Your Raised Vegetable Beds.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Fungus as toadstools or mushrooms in your raised beds normally is not a problem and should not do the vegetables or you any harm.Most raised beds are filled with soil and compost or some other form of organic mater which is broken down by a number of elements including fungus,most of the time you do […]

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Overwintering Geraniums.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Overwintering geraniums – As the season draws to a close its time to save you summer geraniums before the hard frosts arrive.To do this dig up you geranium plants and cut them back to the main structure of the plant just leaving a frame work of the larger branches.The softer grow removed can be used […]

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The Money Plant And Winter.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Winter time is known to be a challenging time for plants, due to the change of climate and differing temperatures. However there are some plants that enjoy cool conditions. For the Money Plant though the minimum winter temperature needs to be around 50 deg F. The plant actually originated in the Solomon Islands and is […]

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Growing Wisteria From Seed Pods.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Growing wisteria from seed pods – First place the seed pods in a garage or a dark cool room for a few weeks to allow them to dry out once they are dry crush the pods to release the seeds.Then sow the seeds in a John Innes compost which is a soil based compost in […]

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Tips On Growing Camellias.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Camellias need to be in a position in your garden that does not receive the sun before mid morning.The reason for this that the flower buds can drop if they thaw to quickly in the early spring frosts.Placing them in a position that allows them to be heated up by air temperature before the sun […]

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Overwintered Begonias & Dahlias.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Now in Early January is a good time to start some of your summer flowers especially with new or your overwintered begonias & dahlias plus sweet peas from seed. Getting these plants started now will insure a colourful start to the summer season in the coming year. With begonias & dahlias place the corns in […]

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Notes On John Innes Compost.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

John Innes Compost, ingredients. Sterilised Loam 7 parts, Peat 3 parts and, (John Innes Nos. 1, 2 and 3) Sharp sand 2 parts Sterilised Loam 2 parts Peat 1 part and, (John Innes Seed and Ericaceous Compost) Sharp sand 1 part As a rough guide: J. I No. 1 for 3 -3.5 inch pots J. […]

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How To Improve Sandy Soils.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

How to improve sandy soils the solution is to add loads of organic matter such as well rotted compost or farm yard or horse manure or ideally spent mushroom compost that’s been used to grow mushrooms in and is a bye product of this process. The reason spent mushroom compost is ideal is that it […]

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Retaining Walls.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

With retaining walls there are a number of methods bu which they can be built But the key is to remember that you are in effect retaining the soil and the water within the soil.Most retaining walls fail because they do not have the proper drainage behind them so this is the first consideration.The type […]

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