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Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Wheeler’

Late season filler



Geraniums are great for ground cover, with many varieties flowering well into autumn. Give them plenty of space to grow in full sun or partial shade.
Divide plants every three to five years in spring to keep them robust.

Get a second flush


Hardy geraniums can be cut right down to the ground after flowering. This will give the plants a tidy appearance, and encourage healthy new foliage and a second flush of flowers in late summer.
Some lupins, hardy geraniums, poppies and delphiniums will produce another flowering display in late summer/early autumn, if spent flower stems are promptly cut down after the first…

Build a house for Mason bees


Michelle shows you how to make a bee hotel for Mason bees

Carefully saw a 36 x 4 x 1/2in (105 x 10 x 1.5cm) plank of untreated wood into 2 x 12in (30cm) lengths and 2 x 8in 20cm lengths

Drill two holes into the edges of each 12in (30cm)  piece and attach the 8in (20cm) pieces using 11/4in (3cm) No…

Make your own nettle feed


Nettle leaves can be used to make a highly nutritious liquid, useful for boosting leafy growth on plants. In spring there is plenty of nettle growth for you to use. Simply follow our step-by-step guide:
Using shears and wearing gloves, cut the top new growth of nettles. Young stems and leaves are best as they have a higher nutrient content than…

How to prick out small seedlings in a pot


Michelle shows you how to pot on seedlings for strong plants to set outside in summer

Water the seedlings and allow to drain. Fill a module tray or small pots with JI No 1 or multipurpose compost, tap lightly to settle.

Turn the pot containing seedlings on its side, lift out the rootball with care. With your fingers, tease out individual seedlings.


Weed identification


Dealing with hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)
Michelle tackles the most troublesome weed in her garden

Hedge bindweed grows and scrambles over hedges, shrubs and trees at a very fast rate, choking plants quickly. It has large heart-shaped leaves and white trumpet shaped flowers throughout summer and early autumn.
This form of bindweed spreads from underground stems called rhizomes, or directly from its roots.…

Weed identification


Michelle continues to identify weeds we have in our gardens

Sun spurge: Latin name Euphorbia helioscopia L.
Sun spurge is classified as an annual weed, and is common throughout the UK. Seedlings usually emerge from April to October, but it can grow all year round, especially in mild climates. The picture below was taken in my garden, in January.

Control is best done…

Weed identification


Throughout the next year Michelle will help with weed identification and the best way to get rid of them organically, and with the safe use of herbicides
When I was training for my RHS qualifications at Sparsholt College, one of my favourite lessons was weed identification. I found it fascinating. Getting rid of weeds is always one of the top jobs…

Wisteria update


Michelle checks over her standard wisteria

Back in summer (AG 21 July) I wrote about training a wisteria as a standard. Not forgotten, but left to grow, a few days ago I decided to make sure it was happy and healthy in its pot.

Pleasingly, in just a few months, the stem had grown and all the ties used to keep it straight…

How to use a buckle tree tie

Link to How to use a buckle tree tie

Michelle shows the correct way to use a buckle tree tie
It is important to correctly place tree ties. If they are not attached properly to the tree and the post, they can cause injury to the bark, increasing the risk of weather, disease and pest damage. I like to use ‘buckle’ tree ties, commonly sold in garden centres.

(1) Feed the…