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Taking a rhode trip to the perfect spot 6 We've got two rhododendrons but they're in the wrong place. Can we safely move them? - Gladys Pugh, Cardiff CAROL: Rhododendrons have shallow mats of fine, fibrous roots and are fairly easy to move if they're not too big. Get their new home ready, then dig as big a root ball as you can, put it on a compost bag and drag it to its new site.

Plant will stay alive for the nine to five 6 I work in a big office and would dearly love a plant to brighten up my desk. What would survive? It's mainly artificial light. - Raymond Bridges, by email CAROL: Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is the usual recommendation. But with low light levels, ivies are a good bet - very varied and you can train them upwards if there's no room to sprawl. Chinese evergreen, aglaonema, is easy and helps clean the air.

Club question Last week, Desmond Randall, from South London, asked if it was worth growing blackcurrants as he only had limited space in his garden.

Carol: One good blackcurrant bush will yield pounds of fruit when it's established. They are so delicious and good for you it has to be worth it. Grow in fertile conditions and maybe plant primulas or other shade lovers underneath to maximise space.

Lauren Jones, by email: We've got two 'Ben Sarek' currants that are smaller than most varieties but have lots of fruit.

A PS to our tomato question from two weeks ago: Linda James, Woking: I put three "Tumbler" tomatoes in a hanging basket and we harvest for weeks and have enough to share with family and neighbours.

Can you help? Malcolm Rouse, from Northampton, wants your help. He asks: I've always wanted to grow peas. How soon can I get the seeds in? Any general advice? GET IN TOUCH write to Sunday Mirror Gardening Club, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP or email


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2016
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