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Air Layer Juniper

Question from Iggy Prodromou

I have a Blue Juniper bush that is in the way but do not wish to up root and throw away. Instead I want to air-layer a section to keep as a Bonsai. Any idea what is best time of year to do the layer?

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  • Posted: Thu. 31st October 2013 13:15
  • Last reply: Sat. 2nd November 2013 08:23

Tomato Blossom End Rot

Comment from Les Trewinnard

I purchased the Hozelock 2810 Growbag watering system in order to grow tomatoes this year. I used a new Levingtons Tomorite growbag and planted 2 x plum tomato plants and 1 x Moneymaker plant.
I was rather disappointed to suffer Tomato Blossom End Rot as I had thought the growbag would have provided the necessary nutrients (including calcium) and the watering system would have supplied sufficient moisture to the growbag.
Is there anything else I should have done to avoid the Blossom End Rot?
Many thanks

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  • Posted: Tue. 22nd October 2013 10:22
  • Last reply: Tue. 22nd October 2013 14:43

pruning evergreen oaks

Question from John Weston

I have a Quercus Rysophylla ( Mexican evergreen oak) which was planted 3 years ago. It is growing well but has a thin trunk, now standing at about 10ft tall. It is well-staked but is being buffeted by autumn winds. I can find no information about pruning but feel that it needs to be reduced to prevent damage . Any suggestions about timing please?

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  • Posted: Mon. 21st October 2013 13:01
  • Last reply: Tue. 22nd October 2013 22:06

white powder on soil

Photo from Terry Baldwin

I have noticed a white powdery substance on the soil surface in my blueberry containers. Is this a residue from additives or could it be a pest or similar problem? Thanks for any help.

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  • Posted: Tue. 24th September 2013 17:21
  • Last reply: Wed. 9th October 2013 16:01

Should we have a garden gadgets section?

Comment from Nicola

Should we have a garden gadgets section?

Please read our Facebook thread and comment there about new gardening gadgets. Like the idea?

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  • Posted: Mon. 29th July 2013 09:42
  • Last reply: Sat. 9th August 2014 14:48

Bespoke greenhouse company

Question from Nick D

Anyone recommend a bespoke greenhouse builder in Scotland? Plenty of off the shelf options but not really seen bespoke.



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  • Posted: Mon. 15th July 2013 07:14
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Bulbs and tubers

Question from Brian Boxall

A bit of help please.
My local garden centre was giving away unsold spring planting tubers and bulbs.
My question is what should I do with them?
Plant now, store ( how?) or what!
I have Fritilla,Crocosmia,Gladioli bulbs
Also Dahlia,and skyscraper lily.
Thanks in advance

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  • Posted: Mon. 1st July 2013 18:15
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perlite ?

Question from wayne kirk

Hi all,

Would it be ok to use none toxic baked clay granules as an alternative to perlite or vermiculite ?

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  • Posted: Sat. 29th June 2013 06:16
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Willow screening on a roll..

Question from Judi Samuels Garden Design

Hi everyone, I am looking for willow screening to a height of 2.4 metres.. I can only source 1.8 metres. If anyone knows of a supplier that sells to this height I shall be very grateful to hear from you. With thanks and best wishes, Judi..

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  • Posted: Thu. 20th June 2013 05:29
  • Last reply: Thu. 20th June 2013 11:44

Californian lilac

Comment from jan aldcroft

I had a repens for years till we moved. I have bought a new one and it has thrived. But this is more of a tree, planted last year , it has grown to four foot, looks to have a tree like appearance......so what is it ?

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  • Posted: Wed. 12th June 2013 17:41
  • Last reply: Tue. 18th June 2013 08:39