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Entries Tagged as 'Tim Whitcombe'

Ground elder in new and existing borders

January 8th, 2018 · No Comments

On the new and existing garden borders that contain ground elder if you use ground or weed sheeting covered by bark mulch that will stop the ground elder and kill it through lack of sunlight. You can plant through the sheeting with plants by cutting crosses in the sheeting and planting through the sheeting You […]

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Pruning climbing honeysuckle

December 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Over the winter months you can prepare your honeysuckle for new growth and new flowers in the coming spring. First prune removing all the dead diseased and damaged stems cut back some of the new shoots that were created in last years growing season. Once all the leaves have fallen off in December or January […]

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Overwintering Geraniums.

December 7th, 2017 · 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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Getting Your Christmas Cactus To Flower.

December 5th, 2017 · 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 them to flower at the best.Ideally they need to be grown pot bound and slightly under fed so the leaves start to yellow in the […]

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Planting for interest near a privet hedge 

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments

Privet hedges are quite hungry and deplete the soil near to them of organic matter and nutrients so to grow plants near to a privet hedge you need to improve the soil with spent mushroom compost and a general fertilizer such Growmore fertilizer  Plants to consider planting near a privet hedge include the following cyclamen […]

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Plants for creating a seaside style garden 

September 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Plants for creating a seaside style garden  Tamarix Armeria griselinia littoralis festuca glauca elijah blue verbascum gainsborough echium vulgare Cordyline Australis Red Star Rosmarinus officinalis GardenAdvice one day gardening course for beginners designed to get you started in your own garden or makes an ideal christmas gift for the gardener in your life. For further […]

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Native bluebells 

May 1st, 2017 · No Comments

There are two species of bluebell found in the UK. Native or British bluebell and non-native Spanish bluebell. Cross-breeding between the two species means you may spot flowers which combine traits from both. The easiest way to tell the difference between native and non-native bluebells is to look at the colour of the pollen. If […]

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Mulching your garden borders

April 28th, 2017 · No Comments

One of the keys to creating a low maintenance gardening is to use mulches to suppress the weeds and reduce the need for weeding.  In areas that are predominantly trees and shrubs you can use a weed sheeting covering my bark chips or wood chip mulches. On areas that contain perennial plants it’s best to […]

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When To Prune A Passion Flower.

March 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Prune your passion flower is spring, when danger of the most severe frosts have passed.It is good to leave as much growth on during the winter to protect it from the weather even though it looks quite messy.Its hard to prune to any set format just follow the existing main stems and prune back to […]

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Bay Tree Damaged By Frost.

February 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Question With regards to your question on your bay tree damaged by frost over the winter months. Answer The damaged leaves will not recover and are best removed by hand.Once they have been removed feed them with a liquid plant food,for bay trees the best one is one high in phosphate such as a liquid […]

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Renovating an old allotment and removing difficult weeds

February 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

It’s not very often you get to take over an old allotments or an allotment from a previous owner where it is completely weed free normally taking over an allotment can be a bit of a nightmare as its often overgrown with grass and brambles. As you are going to grow vegetables in your allotment […]

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Renovating a lawn containing builders rubble

January 20th, 2017 · No Comments

If you buy a new house with a lawn full of builders rubble then you best bet is to start again as in the long run this will save a lot of time and money. To start it’s often best to kill the existing lawn a few weeks before with round up weed killer applying […]

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Ceanothus Damaged By Frost.

January 15th, 2017 · No Comments

We have noticed and indeed have had loads of questions this year about ceanothus being damaged by the frost and the bad weather. Our advice is to wait for a time to see if they re-shoots from the lower branches and then cut back to these green shoots.The shoot might take up until the end […]

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Plants Damaged By Frost.

January 15th, 2017 · No Comments

With this winter being on of the hardest of recent years now at the start of April its a good time to give your plants a helping hand.Many of the softer plants have been damaged such as ceanothus and fatsia japonica together with the slightly more exotic plants such as the bottle brush shrub. In […]

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Mimosa Damaged By Frost.

January 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Mimosa damaged by frost. It may possibly resprout from live wood so I would be inclined to wait before doing anything drastic.A way of telling whether there is still green wood is to use your finger nail to scrape away some of the bark.If it is still green underneath then you are in with a […]

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Winder Damage To Olive Plants.

January 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Olive plants although quite hardy are often damaged by winter winds and frosts which burn the leaves.This can be avoided by placing a horticultural fleece over the olive plants on the coldest days and nights or bring them inside if they are in containers.If your plants have been damaged they should recover in the spring […]

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Frost Damage On Pyracantha.

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Frost damage on Pyracantha – This will happen only in the hardest of winters or in a very exposed position.Normally resulting in leaf burn and leaf drop in the early spring.If the stems are still alive, you can tell this by lightly scratching a stem to see if its pith is still green underneath it […]

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Winter Damage To Bottle Bush.

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Over the last few years most bottle brush plants have got away without much damage.However in the UK this past winter has seen then suffer a considerable amount of damage.Bottle brush plants are not fully hardy in the UK and on the more frosty nights require to be covered by a horticultural fleece to add […]

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Bay Tree Winter Damage.

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Bay trees although fully hardy are often damaged by winter winds and frosts which burn the leaves.This can be avoided by placing a horticultural fleece over the bay plants on the coldest days and nights.If your plants have been damaged they should recover in the spring and to aid the recover you should feed them […]

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Disease problems with apple trees

December 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Many of our viewers and members apple trees are having problems with a bacterial infection with climate change fungal and bacteria diseases and infections have spread and are enjoying the damper milder climate. Most of the chemicals for the treatment have been withdrawn from sale because of EEC rules . So the cure is largely […]

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