Gardening questions and swaps

If you have any questions about your garden or if you have any plants or seeds you would like to exchange you can leave details in the comment box below.

5 thoughts on “Gardening questions and swaps

  1. Not quite a regular gardening question but a book I would like to recommend is ‘The Wild Trees’ by Richard Preston. Although on a huge scale the information about lichens and mosses and the eco-systems high up in trees gives a rare insight into the world growing above our heads.

  2. I am based in Dalston and am looking for a gardener to do a quite heavyweight job clearing a border of lots of very densely packed bay suckers.

    Can anyone recommend someone ?

    I suspect it will involve some machinery as this was a bay tree taller than our house, it’s been cut down for a year but the suckers are still sprouting so they are probably quite deeply rooted in the border.

    • It’s not that difficult to do it oneself, and ideally secateurs and shears should be sharpened before every use. Good sharpening tools can be bought in every good garden centre and staff might well be willing to demonstrate how to use them. Or grab a horticulture student or professional gardener for a demonstration! (I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a video on Youtube…)

    • This was answered very well at the Gardeners Question Time meeting on 12th June. KTS DIY on the corner of Kingsland Road and Englefield offer a tool sharpening service, as do Franchi on Holloway Road. In addition N1 Garden Centre sell a fairly inexpensive home sharpener to prolong the sharpness.

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