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enter image description hereNearly retired professional gardener/horticulturalist, working principally in ornamental gardening, UK pests/diseases knowledge.


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comment What is this Coarse Green Sand-Like Material in my Bonsai Kit?
@JamesHill - not aesthetically pleasing then! It's all in the eye of the beholder, but you don't have to use it if you don't want to.
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comment Beautiful plants for covering balcony grill to prevent noise and pollution entering home
@kevinsky - you'd think, but they are also mentioned as something you can grow in the area. Be interested to know whether its true, but I imagine if its not, they won't be available to buy there. I'm still taken aback by the mention of Juniper and Thuja...
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comment What causes the base of tomato seedling stems to shrivel?
@Shule - most disease resistant plants aren't created to resist damping off, but other fungal infections which may occur as the plant matures. And fungal spores, like, as they say, the poor, are always with us... consider the fact you take in at least 40 different spores every time you take a breath, they're everywhere!
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comment What is this Coarse Green Sand-Like Material in my Bonsai Kit?
Ah well, there you go - you didn't describe the contents of the kit, and I did say at the start of my answer 'it depends what else came with the kit'... so perhaps its simply meant as a kind of decorative topping for the existing potting medium. I could have saved myself all that typing! But perhaps it was of interest anyway...
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comment What is this Coarse Green Sand-Like Material in my Bonsai Kit?
@JamesHill - see updated answer
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comment Beautiful plants for covering balcony grill to prevent noise and pollution entering home
Not sure what you mean by your balcony's 'grill' is it a grill that goes from the bottom of the balcony up to the roof, on the front edge of the balcony?
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answered What is the right name for plant base protection wraps?
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comment How can I tell if a tool I'm holding is well made?
the price is a rough guide - if its really cheap, it's probably not worth buying, as you've discovered! You know what they say about peanuts and monkeys...
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answered Is it possible for an almond tree to grow in a tropical country?
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comment How far apart do raspberries and blackberries need to be planted?
Yea, you did read it properly - I've had a raspberry bed move itself by 4 feet over 5 years... but the blackberries, unless the tips root into the ground, or they seed themselves, remain in position. Interesting its opposite where you are, but I wonder if its anything to do with variety of raspberry.
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