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  2. PeterS
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    Improving clay

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  3. JWK
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    Do you know your soil type?

    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure added over the years. Warm, sunny walled garden not far from the coast. Can grow wide range of...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure added over the years. Warm, sunny walled garden...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure...
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  4. HarryS
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    Dahlia Tuber Planting ?

    Brilliant thread. Having moved home last year I thought my Dahlia tubers had got lost but I stumbled across them the other day. I pulled a couple out of one large pot to see if they were ok and...
    Brilliant thread. Having moved home last year I thought my Dahlia tubers had got lost but I stumbled across them the other day. I pulled a couple out of one large pot to see if they were ok and they seemed fine (see below) One had new shoots growing. I'm not confident enough to separate them...
    Brilliant thread. Having moved home last year I thought my Dahlia tubers had got lost but I stumbled across them the other day. I pulled a couple out of one large pot to see if they were ok and they seemed fine (see below) One had new shoots...
    Brilliant thread. Having moved home last year I thought my Dahlia tubers had got lost but I stumbled across them the other day. I pulled a couple out of one large pot to see if they were ok and...
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  5. HarryS
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    Know Your Weeds

    my friend seems to be having a problem with buttercup weeds in her lawn, how can she get rid of it ? Without damaging the lawn :spinning:
    my friend seems to be having a problem with buttercup weeds in her lawn, how can she get rid of it ? Without damaging the lawn :spinning:
    my friend seems to be having a problem with buttercup weeds in her lawn, how can she get rid of it ? Without damaging the lawn :spinning:
    my friend seems to be having a problem with buttercup weeds in her lawn, how can she get rid of it ? Without damaging the lawn :spinning:
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  6. ARMANDII
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    IRIS CHOICE - NEED A HAND FROM THE GANG

    I do like the black one with a hint of blue - Black suited :blue thumb: they are all nice though .
    I do like the black one with a hint of blue - Black suited :blue thumb: they are all nice though .
    I do like the black one with a hint of blue - Black suited :blue thumb: they are all nice though .
    I do like the black one with a hint of blue - Black suited :blue thumb: they are all nice though .
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  7. ARMANDII
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    RECOMMENDED GARDENING/HORTICULTURAL/BOTANICAL BOOKS AND PERSONAL STUDIES INTO THE SUBJECT

    Now then. So we have opened up a bit about our books etc. Now then. I am approaching a kind of special time of the gardening year to me. I wonder if anyone cares to share their thoughts,...
    Now then. So we have opened up a bit about our books etc. Now then. I am approaching a kind of special time of the gardening year to me. I wonder if anyone cares to share their thoughts, experiences and memories. To help set the scene. For those who have perhaps lived through an era, and...
    Now then. So we have opened up a bit about our books etc. Now then. I am approaching a kind of special time of the gardening year to me. I wonder if anyone cares to share their thoughts, experiences and memories. To help set the scene. For...
    Now then. So we have opened up a bit about our books etc. Now then. I am approaching a kind of special time of the gardening year to me. I wonder if anyone cares to share their thoughts,...
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  8. Redwing
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    Good Online Nurseries and Plant Sellers

    Well, I think Plants Galore are definitely off my list of good sellers before me even receiving a single order from them! They seemed to have a great selection of hebes which are a genus I'm...
    Well, I think Plants Galore are definitely off my list of good sellers before me even receiving a single order from them! They seemed to have a great selection of hebes which are a genus I'm becoming increasingly fond of. Ordered 2 which are said to be particularly successful with butterflies on...
    Well, I think Plants Galore are definitely off my list of good sellers before me even receiving a single order from them! They seemed to have a great selection of hebes which are a genus I'm becoming increasingly fond of. Ordered 2 which are said...
    Well, I think Plants Galore are definitely off my list of good sellers before me even receiving a single order from them! They seemed to have a great selection of hebes which are a genus I'm...
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  9. Fat Controller
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    Sheds

    These are the ones I have here -
    These are the ones I have here -
    These are the ones I have here -
    These are the ones I have here -
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  10. JWK
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    Anyone Buying New Seed for 2022 ?

    Thank you, will do :) have a good day.
    Thank you, will do :) have a good day.
    Thank you, will do :) have a good day.
    Thank you, will do :) have a good day.
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  11. ARMANDII
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    SUPER SALVIAS - 2021/22

    Cheers! We've got about 6 different varieties in 'big' pots outside and about the same inside over winter which get planted out after frosts. I will be taking cuttings from some of these because...
    Cheers! We've got about 6 different varieties in 'big' pots outside and about the same inside over winter which get planted out after frosts. I will be taking cuttings from some of these because there will be quite big shoots by then.
    Cheers! We've got about 6 different varieties in 'big' pots outside and about the same inside over winter which get planted out after frosts. I will be taking cuttings from some of these because there will be quite big shoots by then.
    Cheers! We've got about 6 different varieties in 'big' pots outside and about the same inside over winter which get planted out after frosts. I will be taking cuttings from some of these because...
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  12. ARMANDII
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    FUCHSIAS - 2021/22

    @Clare G I've had F microphylla for about10 years now and it flowers for about 10 months of the year and is almost evergreen. The Beast from the East in 2018 did cause it to defoliate and kill off...
    @Clare G I've had F microphylla for about10 years now and it flowers for about 10 months of the year and is almost evergreen. The Beast from the East in 2018 did cause it to defoliate and kill off a few branches.
    @Clare G I've had F microphylla for about10 years now and it flowers for about 10 months of the year and is almost evergreen. The Beast from the East in 2018 did cause it to defoliate and kill off a few branches.
    @Clare G I've had F microphylla for about10 years now and it flowers for about 10 months of the year and is almost evergreen. The Beast from the East in 2018 did cause it to defoliate and kill off...
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  13. ARMANDII
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    SWEETPEAS - 2021/22

    I would like a discussion about sweet peas too. I think the big tub will look lovely with gladioli, sweet peas and zinnias, sweet peas at the back of course. I’ve just started growing sweetpeas...
    I would like a discussion about sweet peas too. I think the big tub will look lovely with gladioli, sweet peas and zinnias, sweet peas at the back of course. I’ve just started growing sweetpeas and what I have gathered is that you start them off in a cold greenhouse, the peas need a long root...
    I would like a discussion about sweet peas too. I think the big tub will look lovely with gladioli, sweet peas and zinnias, sweet peas at the back of course. I’ve just started growing sweetpeas and what I have gathered is that you start them off...
    I would like a discussion about sweet peas too. I think the big tub will look lovely with gladioli, sweet peas and zinnias, sweet peas at the back of course. I’ve just started growing sweetpeas...
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  14. shiney
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    SHOW US YOUR PURCHASES - 2022

    That seems a very good price as we sell them at £3 (for our charity) and garden centres are charging at least double for that size. They'll need bigger pots for next year :blue thumb:
    That seems a very good price as we sell them at £3 (for our charity) and garden centres are charging at least double for that size. They'll need bigger pots for next year :blue thumb:
    That seems a very good price as we sell them at £3 (for our charity) and garden centres are charging at least double for that size. They'll need bigger pots for next year :blue thumb:
    That seems a very good price as we sell them at £3 (for our charity) and garden centres are charging at least double for that size. They'll need bigger pots for next year :blue thumb:
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  16. shiney
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    WHAT ARE WE DOING IN THE GARDEN TODAY - 2022

    Nothing today, but a full on day of extreme weeding is on the cards for tomorrow
    Nothing today, but a full on day of extreme weeding is on the cards for tomorrow
    Nothing today, but a full on day of extreme weeding is on the cards for tomorrow
    Nothing today, but a full on day of extreme weeding is on the cards for tomorrow
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  18. Barbara

    Bougainvilla in Conservatory

    The white dusty stuff, was probably mildew it might come back, if so spray with a fungicide. I would wait and cut back in spring, how hard depends on how much space you have. Cut hard and you will...
    The white dusty stuff, was probably mildew it might come back, if so spray with a fungicide. I would wait and cut back in spring, how hard depends on how much space you have. Cut hard and you will probably get fast new growth at the expence of flowers.pete2255
    The white dusty stuff, was probably mildew it might come back, if so spray with a fungicide. I would wait and cut back in spring, how hard depends on how much space you have. Cut hard and you will probably get fast new growth at the expence of...
    The white dusty stuff, was probably mildew it might come back, if so spray with a fungicide. I would wait and cut back in spring, how hard depends on how much space you have. Cut hard and you will...
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  19. MarkO

    Online Dahlias?

    Nice one.
    Nice one.
    Nice one.
    Nice one.
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  20. JackD

    Black Hyacinths

    Ha ha ............Midnight Mystique , I have 3 bulbs on order !!Nathan.
    Ha ha ............Midnight Mystique , I have 3 bulbs on order !!Nathan.
    Ha ha ............Midnight Mystique , I have 3 bulbs on order !!Nathan.
    Ha ha ............Midnight Mystique , I have 3 bulbs on order !!Nathan.
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  21. JAB

    Any suggestions for a "dwarf" hedge ?

    Sorry JAB but I have a correction to make I should have said Euonymus, not Eleagnus.I tend to get them two mixed up.I've looked it up now ,Euonymus Fortunei varietys.
    Sorry JAB but I have a correction to make I should have said Euonymus, not Eleagnus.I tend to get them two mixed up.I've looked it up now ,Euonymus Fortunei varietys.
    Sorry JAB but I have a correction to make I should have said Euonymus, not Eleagnus.I tend to get them two mixed up.I've looked it up now ,Euonymus Fortunei varietys.
    Sorry JAB but I have a correction to make I should have said Euonymus, not Eleagnus.I tend to get them two mixed up.I've looked it up now ,Euonymus Fortunei varietys.
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  22. holly

    hedge prob

    Holly I've found an artical in the R H S journal May 2003. Box blight (cylindrocladium buxicola). Basically it says:- 'brown spots on leaves which fall rapidly, black streaks on small...
    Holly I've found an artical in the R H S journal May 2003. Box blight (cylindrocladium buxicola). Basically it says:- 'brown spots on leaves which fall rapidly, black streaks on small stems. Can survive for more than a year in the soil Fungicide containing penconazole (scotts fungus...
    Holly I've found an artical in the R H S journal May 2003. Box blight (cylindrocladium buxicola). Basically it says:- 'brown spots on leaves which fall rapidly, black streaks on small stems. Can survive for more than a year in the soil ...
    Holly I've found an artical in the R H S journal May 2003. Box blight (cylindrocladium buxicola). Basically it says:- 'brown spots on leaves which fall rapidly, black streaks on small...
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  23. kath57

    Stipa Gigantia

    Thanks for that Pete, will give them the chop, neighbours cat has now decided to use one of the as a looRegards Kathleen
    Thanks for that Pete, will give them the chop, neighbours cat has now decided to use one of the as a looRegards Kathleen
    Thanks for that Pete, will give them the chop, neighbours cat has now decided to use one of the as a looRegards Kathleen
    Thanks for that Pete, will give them the chop, neighbours cat has now decided to use one of the as a looRegards Kathleen
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  24. Pauli

    Geranium

    Geranium endressii and G. x oxonianum families both produce lots of leaves and flowers. Cut them hard back as soon as flowering finishes and you will get a repeat show of flowers later in the...
    Geranium endressii and G. x oxonianum families both produce lots of leaves and flowers. Cut them hard back as soon as flowering finishes and you will get a repeat show of flowers later in the season. It also avoids all the inferior seedlings as they cross hybridise easily. We use a strimmer here...
    Geranium endressii and G. x oxonianum families both produce lots of leaves and flowers. Cut them hard back as soon as flowering finishes and you will get a repeat show of flowers later in the season. It also avoids all the inferior seedlings as...
    Geranium endressii and G. x oxonianum families both produce lots of leaves and flowers. Cut them hard back as soon as flowering finishes and you will get a repeat show of flowers later in the...
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  25. melvin

    magnolia's

    Sounds like M. stellata or similar? Only transplant when dormant (no leaf buds showing). Take as much rootball and soil as you can lift. Dig a planting hole to the same size and add some compost...
    Sounds like M. stellata or similar? Only transplant when dormant (no leaf buds showing). Take as much rootball and soil as you can lift. Dig a planting hole to the same size and add some compost to the fill. Replant and firm soil well (don't allow the plant to rock in the wind. Water well (avoid...
    Sounds like M. stellata or similar? Only transplant when dormant (no leaf buds showing). Take as much rootball and soil as you can lift. Dig a planting hole to the same size and add some compost to the fill. Replant and firm soil well (don't...
    Sounds like M. stellata or similar? Only transplant when dormant (no leaf buds showing). Take as much rootball and soil as you can lift. Dig a planting hole to the same size and add some compost...
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  26. LittleD

    hedges for screen

    Sounds like the conifers are pretty big. If so I would asume it could be a bit difficult to establish a hedge close to the base of these trees. Due to the conifers taking all the moisture and food...
    Sounds like the conifers are pretty big. If so I would asume it could be a bit difficult to establish a hedge close to the base of these trees. Due to the conifers taking all the moisture and food from the soil. If anything can manage it privet can, although the gold leaved one dosen't grow as...
    Sounds like the conifers are pretty big. If so I would asume it could be a bit difficult to establish a hedge close to the base of these trees. Due to the conifers taking all the moisture and food from the soil. If anything can manage it privet...
    Sounds like the conifers are pretty big. If so I would asume it could be a bit difficult to establish a hedge close to the base of these trees. Due to the conifers taking all the moisture and food...
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  27. Steve

    Can you help

    Steve,Cheshire Gardening Club, you could also call on 0161 962 5381. Could be a start.Nathan.
    Steve,Cheshire Gardening Club, you could also call on 0161 962 5381. Could be a start.Nathan.
    Steve,Cheshire Gardening Club, you could also call on 0161 962 5381. Could be a start.Nathan.
    Steve,Cheshire Gardening Club, you could also call on 0161 962 5381. Could be a start.Nathan.
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  28. mike h

    any ideas plse?

    virburnums thrive in clay and dont mind shade, there are also many types with flowers in the winter months
    virburnums thrive in clay and dont mind shade, there are also many types with flowers in the winter months
    virburnums thrive in clay and dont mind shade, there are also many types with flowers in the winter months
    virburnums thrive in clay and dont mind shade, there are also many types with flowers in the winter months
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  29. Glen

    Clay

    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it...
    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it right its O K. Firstly you have to wait till spring until it starts to dry out digging and walking on...
    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it right its O K. Firstly you have to wait till spring...
    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it...
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  30. angie

    North West Facing Garden

    My husband is big on sunbathing and I am big on growing things so this is pretty good news. Thank you.
    My husband is big on sunbathing and I am big on growing things so this is pretty good news. Thank you.
    My husband is big on sunbathing and I am big on growing things so this is pretty good news. Thank you.
    My husband is big on sunbathing and I am big on growing things so this is pretty good news. Thank you.
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  31. Laura

    Delphiniums

    Lets hope it was one sprouting. Any way I would not think a month is an excessive amount of time. especially considering they have been moved around quite a bit. Dont let them get frosted just...
    Lets hope it was one sprouting. Any way I would not think a month is an excessive amount of time. especially considering they have been moved around quite a bit. Dont let them get frosted just incase they are on the move.
    Lets hope it was one sprouting. Any way I would not think a month is an excessive amount of time. especially considering they have been moved around quite a bit. Dont let them get frosted just incase they are on the move.
    Lets hope it was one sprouting. Any way I would not think a month is an excessive amount of time. especially considering they have been moved around quite a bit. Dont let them get frosted just...
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  32. fothers

    clematis plugs

    Lisa build a little frame to it sits in the pot this will help the new growth to be supported and if I was you don't be in a rush to put them out not before the end may, you will find by may they...
    Lisa build a little frame to it sits in the pot this will help the new growth to be supported and if I was you don't be in a rush to put them out not before the end may, you will find by may they will have grown three foot or so. Dave
    Lisa build a little frame to it sits in the pot this will help the new growth to be supported and if I was you don't be in a rush to put them out not before the end may, you will find by may they will have grown three foot or so. Dave
    Lisa build a little frame to it sits in the pot this will help the new growth to be supported and if I was you don't be in a rush to put them out not before the end may, you will find by may they...
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  33. New London Gardener

    Another Cat Question

    I would clean the faeces away, and keep it clear for a while before planting produce in that place. The fluffy substance is probably a bacteria of some kind.Nathan.
    I would clean the faeces away, and keep it clear for a while before planting produce in that place. The fluffy substance is probably a bacteria of some kind.Nathan.
    I would clean the faeces away, and keep it clear for a while before planting produce in that place. The fluffy substance is probably a bacteria of some kind.Nathan.
    I would clean the faeces away, and keep it clear for a while before planting produce in that place. The fluffy substance is probably a bacteria of some kind.Nathan.
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  34. Clive

    Moss

    If you pile it up in a corner somewhere the birds will take a lot of it for nest building in spring.
    If you pile it up in a corner somewhere the birds will take a lot of it for nest building in spring.
    If you pile it up in a corner somewhere the birds will take a lot of it for nest building in spring.
    If you pile it up in a corner somewhere the birds will take a lot of it for nest building in spring.
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  35. Anna

    Concrete

    If you do use gravel make sure it is at least 20mm or cats will use it as a toilet. Save money by buying from a builders merchants rather than a garden centre.
    If you do use gravel make sure it is at least 20mm or cats will use it as a toilet. Save money by buying from a builders merchants rather than a garden centre.
    If you do use gravel make sure it is at least 20mm or cats will use it as a toilet. Save money by buying from a builders merchants rather than a garden centre.
    If you do use gravel make sure it is at least 20mm or cats will use it as a toilet. Save money by buying from a builders merchants rather than a garden centre.
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  36. Rosie

    Dogs

    I think getting rid of your dogs is a bit drastic although I have two myself and the lawn never looks as good as I would like.
    I think getting rid of your dogs is a bit drastic although I have two myself and the lawn never looks as good as I would like.
    I think getting rid of your dogs is a bit drastic although I have two myself and the lawn never looks as good as I would like.
    I think getting rid of your dogs is a bit drastic although I have two myself and the lawn never looks as good as I would like.
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  37. matt

    Ideas for rocks/stones

    I have seen rock sculptures in various places eg country house gardens, chelsea flower show. The rocks/stones have a hole drilled through the middle and are then strung onto a steel rod for...
    I have seen rock sculptures in various places eg country house gardens, chelsea flower show. The rocks/stones have a hole drilled through the middle and are then strung onto a steel rod for support. Don't know how you would do it yourself though as I would imagine you would need some pretty...
    I have seen rock sculptures in various places eg country house gardens, chelsea flower show. The rocks/stones have a hole drilled through the middle and are then strung onto a steel rod for support. Don't know how you would do it yourself though...
    I have seen rock sculptures in various places eg country house gardens, chelsea flower show. The rocks/stones have a hole drilled through the middle and are then strung onto a steel rod for...
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