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by Dim
Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How best to improve my soil?
Replies: 16
Views: 648

Re: How best to improve my soil?

Happy to spend a bit doing it and a good mulch is worth it but I'm not sure what to use. icon_scratch Best that I have used is imported compost called Bat Mix special which I buy from my local hydroponic store ..... http://www.camgrow.co.uk/bat-mix-special-50-litre-bag/ costs £13 for a 50 litre bag...
by Dim
Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Plants for ground cover/fillers.
Replies: 25
Views: 2028

Re: Plants for ground cover/fillers.

Dim, thanks. slightly off topic but im looking for an idea what to plant into a 80 litre tub which is almost always submerged in water!, ive had a gunnera in it but it got to big!, this pot is sunk in the ground with only 2 inch's above ground?. also its location is semi shade. karl. http://www.wat...
by Dim
Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Plants for ground cover/fillers.
Replies: 25
Views: 2028

Re: Plants for ground cover/fillers.

different bright coloured coleus is what I will be using next year in my own garden loads of coleus were planted in may/june in a pub garden that I landscaped from scratch (planted with georgia peach heuchecera, solar power huecherella, hakonecloa Macra Aureola grass and David Austin gertrude Jekyll...
by Dim
Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Fatsia Spiders Web
Replies: 21
Views: 1303

Re: Fatsia Spiders Web

Spiders web looks good when planted near Fatsia japonica Annelise.. Would you say that Annelise is a comparable grower to Spider..? Had my Spider in a shelter postition at the base of a bamboo clump for about 3 years, and its only grown to about 2ft, which is ideal. I hope it stays as a miniture......
by Dim
Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New member - New garden!
Replies: 80
Views: 6155

Re: New member - New garden!

welcome! dot some highly fragrant shrubs/plants in key areas aswell ... for colour, plant masses of coleus in late spring: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=coleu ... 24&bih=653 and plant several heuchera (go for 2 colours such as bright red and bright yellow which contrast each other on the colour ...
by Dim
Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: UK St Jude Storm - severe weather warning 27/28 Oct 2013
Replies: 93
Views: 6407

Re: UK Storm - severe weather warning 27/28 Oct 2013

maybe the worst is over .... wind has died down and the sun is shining in Cambridge
by Dim
Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: In your face winter, new waggies arrive.
Replies: 59
Views: 2085

Re: In your face winter, new waggies arrive.

Rob, my fortuneis are grown outside and subject to weather. They have not been grown inside nor close together, and have grown naturally, to get a leggy plant you must grow it in artificial conditions . The leaves if anything are smaller and tougher than most fortunei you see for sale. They have be...
by Dim
Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: T. Rex
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: T. Rex

I've heard of people putting a 2L Pop bottle, stuffed with straw, over the growing point - which would keep it dry of course. I have a few small ones in the ground ... if I cover with straw in a plastic pop bottle, do I need to make holes in the bottle? (if the leaves are removed, the central stems...
by Dim
Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Poorly plants
Replies: 73
Views: 1982

Re: Poorly plants

I'm planning to plant several small ones in an area of my garden, instead of planting Dryopteris affinis 'The King' ferns this site as small ones grown from seed for £10.50 each wit roots grown from seed http://www.exclusiveplants.co.uk/produc ... php?id=110 and they claim: seed grown plants on thei...
by Dim
Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Fatsia Spiders Web
Replies: 21
Views: 1303

Re: Fatsia Spiders Web

they also dont like wind and the planting hole should be well prepared (acidic soil rich in organic matter)....

Spiders web looks good when planted near Fatsia japonica Annelise ... here's a seller with large ones:
http://www.gardeningexpress.co.uk/Produ ... uctID=1192
by Dim
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Storm warning.
Replies: 73
Views: 4477

Re: Storm warning.

I have a client who needs 5 large trees pruned and shaped ... I got a tree surgeon around a week ago to quote and my client came back to me a few minutes ago to say that I should give him the go-ahead I phoned him, and asked him when he can do the job .... he said he will do it on monday .... I told...
by Dim
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Storm warning.
Replies: 73
Views: 4477

Re: Storm warning.

Im not sure you can do much to protect Musa basjoo from high winds, they seem very brittle indeed. (unless you construct a firm shelter of some kind?) its about the timing of protecting them from the cold I was going to wrap mine next weekend or the weekend after, but perhaps its best to do it befo...
by Dim
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Storm warning.
Replies: 73
Views: 4477

Re: Storm warning.

a dumb question, but do we wrap Musa now before the wind, , or do we wait a couple more weeks?
by Dim
Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Salad crops and vegetables
Topic: Free software to plan your vegetable garden
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: Free software to plan your vegetable garden

good info there Kristen ... I have a few ideas of my own for next year, but am still undecided, and still planning my main priority at the moment is to prepare and re-mineralize the soil in the meantime... I will be building raised beds and using very good imported composts plus stuff like volcanic ...
by Dim
Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Salad crops and vegetables
Topic: Free software to plan your vegetable garden
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: Free software to plan your vegetable garden

I think the most important thing is records of how long crops take, in your garden, to get from Sowing to Harvest and then "Finished". good spreadsheets! I'm looking at a way of planning a a veg garden, so that I have a variety of veg ready throughout the year and can feed my family several veg con...