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ASK CAROL.

QI want to turn a grassy patch into a wildflower meadow. Should I use weedkiller? Graeme Reid, Inverness A There's no need to do that, Graeme.

Why not incorporate the existing grasses into the scheme? You can buy plugs of wildflowers or grow them yourself from seed. Go for varieties that will suit the damp conditions. Meadow buttercup, the globe flower and the woodland cranesbill are all native to Scotland and should enjoy the situation.

QI always used cheshunt compound on my seedlings but can't get it now. Can you suggest an alternative? Mrs M Williams, by email.

A It's been banned. It's a fungicide used to halt damping-off disease, a fungal infection that makes seedlings collapse. The main cause of infection is sowing seeds too thickly. Sow your seeds very sparsely, cover with grit, water initially by standing pots in shallow water, then only water them when essential.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 18, 2012
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