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Margarets-perfect-autumn-pot

 

What you need:

  • Pot of your choice

  • John Innes Multipurpose Compost

  • Horticultural grit

  • 1 x Sarcococca

  • 3 x red Cyclamen

  • 1 x Trailing Ivy

  • Snowdrops (15 bulbs)

  • Blue Muscari (15 bulbs)

  • 'Red Riding Hood' Tulips (9 bulbs)

 

How to plant:

Put a flat stone or slate over the drainage hole of a pot. Fill the pot with a mixture of half grit and half compost. Sarcococca can be planted at the back with the 3 cyclamen to one side and the trailing ivy on the other. Fill in the gaps with bulbs, snowdrops at the front and red riding, tulips and blue Muscari at the back.

You will have a magical pot of colour from now until May and the scent from the Sarcococca will be the icing on the cake.

 

 

Fall for Autumn Planting

 

What's the best shrub for a dry, shaded area?

 

It can be challenging to find interesting plants in winter. Personally, one of the best for me is Sarcococca, or 'Sweet Box'. A native of the Himalayas, it can tolerate shade and can grow in very dry, poor soil. Sounds like the ideal plant, doesn't it? It's greatest asset, though, is it's fragrance – sweetly scented flowers smell of jasmine from December to February! No one should be without this shrub strategically positioned at your front door to greet visitors in a delightful manner.

 

 

Round-Up and other Systematic Weedkillers give the Best Results in Late Autumn

 

Think of it as a dual carriageway; a two way system. In sping/summer, sap is rising in all plants, in autumn, sap is going back to the root.

Weedkiller can be effective during strong spring/summer growth, but it is in autumn when that systematic weedkiller will really work well.

Weeds should be controlled over a season – one spray is never enough, but if you follow my advise, you'll do a good job eradicating your weeds.

Start spraying when growth is good, usually the end of May. When weeds come back again, a second spray is required, and so on, depending on the weather. The final spray in October is usually the punchline that will kill off all weeds, as it will get to the roots.

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