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EXPERT ADVICE; Your Gardening.

Byline: Adrienne Wild

I've got something slimy in my border

THERE'S a slimy green growth over the soil in my shrub border. Do you know what it is? - Keith Andrews, Morecambe, Lancs

IT'S probably algae, liverworts or moss. All thrive where the soil is compacted.

Your plants won't be harmed but it does look unsightly, so remove with a hoe, and fork over the soil to improve the drainage.

When do I bring in my hyacinth bulbs?

HOW can I tell when it's time to move my hyacinth bulbs indoors? - Karen Smith, St Ives, Cambs

WHEN the shoots are 2-3in above the soil and fine white roots are emerging from the drainage holes.

Place them in a well-lit spot where it's 50F, but do not let the bulbs dry out.

Move to a bright, sunny spot when the foliage and buds are well developed.

Toe the lime if you want great greens

IS it necessary to lime the soil on my allotment? - Derek Best, Swindon, Wilts

WEEDS such as sorrel, creeping buttercup, nettle, dock and mare's tail are signs your soil is becoming, or is too acid. It needs liming if you want to grow quality brassicas, members of the cabbage family.

The lime should be applied at least two weeks before planting.

WRITE to Adrienne at Homes & Holidays, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP. Or you can send an email to homes@sundaymirror.co.uk

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2012
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