Hints and Tips...
Now is the time to plant a hedge
Page for planting instructions
The best time of day to water
Bedding plants in the Summer months is in the evening, then plants have all night to absorb the
moisture ready for the next days heat wave. At 10 o'clock in the
morning when you notice plants wilting is too late, as any water
sprayed will evaporate in minutes and what doesn't will act as a
magnifying glass and burn the flowers and foliage. This rule is for
tub and hanging baskets as well as plants growing in the garden.
When it comes to feeding plants, the soil should already be damp - Why?
If the soil is wet then the plant is well watered and under no
stress and the plant food will be readily absorbed by the plant.
When plants dry out it is the moisture/water that evaporates from
the cells causing the salts and sugars in the cells to become more
concentrated, if you add fertilizer to the soil then you have an
equally strong or stronger solution in the soil Osmoses then works
in reverse, causing the plant to wilt making the situation worse,
going in a downwards spiral. Copious supplies of clean water added
to the plant/soil is the only answer.
Success with Seeds :-
Buy or Collect good
Sow at the right time of
Into a good compost with
In clean conditions with a
minimum temperature of 20'C - 65'F
Water with a fungicide
Shade from direct Sun
Keep animals off. (Cats &
Look every day
Move on A.S.A.P. into
small pots or standard seed trays with a stronger compost. - Good
Plant a tree and save the
world, the waste product (from photosynthesis) is Oxygen ! which we
red bottle brush Callistemon shows up well against the
yellow of 'Robinia frisia' and the blue sky
sinensis in full flower - May
Hydrangea 'Blue wave' large Summer
flowering salt resistant sea side plant
When planting Azaleas:- They like a damp, well drained soil - not standing in water
after a storm.
they need an acid soil (no lime)
plant with an ericaceous compost not too deep and no firming in.
Hand weed or spray in winter as they
are shallow rooted and hoes will upset the roots.
Planting an Escallonia hedge:- see
the escallonia page.