* Red Dahlia *

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Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:32

I stole one from my dads bed, oops!!! It was self sown and his looked Doo good enmass. No idea of variety but its a purple/lilac

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:28

Hi all I am thinking ahead for next year.... This year I had tubs with potato, some French beans, carrots, tomato. 


what I need to know is how to revitalise this for next year???? The carot bed was a big cement tub 4ft x2ft by 2.5ft deep. This was spent compost, new compost and sand. I dont really want to waste this mix especially as the sand sealant cheap. What should I do??

the beans, potato and soon I will have tomato spent, how can I revitalise???


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:09

I seem to get blight so before I hachange ce I chopped off my tops and left the tatties In the ground blight didn't hit us this year!!! Yay!!! I would burn or bin tops and keep compost away from veg or tomatoes. I try not to water my tops I water soil to stop the humidity issue that people says brings on blight!!


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 22:55

All sowed recently. Lupins showing signs of second leaf, pansies will be ready to prick in a week. Nothing else has germinated yet As they were sown on day of the post. My grand ideas are bigger than my 5ft x3ft plastic greenhouse!!!

i have cuttings and baby plants of more astrantia, fuschia, gayser, lythrum,scabious, coreopsis too. Hope they will overwinter as baby plants!!!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:37

In my pop up greenhouse I now have seed trays of 

verbena rigida


coreopsis sunrise

Green wizard rudbeckia 



scabiosa Beaujolais bbonnets 


and poss something else. Am

i mad to sow now, I was bored and I love pottering. I had deadheaded, weeded and edged and with nothing left I hit the 2012 collected seeds. Will I regret my actions or love it. Bearing in mind I have cuttings on the go and 3 trays of pansies germinated. (Looking like a green carpet but only seed leaves not true leaf yet!!)



Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:25

oooh interesting!!!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 14:06

If the tuber is squashy next year then don't set it. Just keep frost free and dark. Then pray they make it through! 


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:32

I have dahlia that are from tubers and seed. I will be waiting to take seed from mine then lifting them all after first frost. Chopping down and storing in shredded paper upside down. Then in spring pop into compost and off you go again!! I take cuttings when they start again. I will mark my plants/tubers with a label of the colour so when I take cuttings I know what I have got. As this year I didn't label and I managed to get all my new cuttings in yellow!!! Oops!!!! 


I save my seed as an insurance policy but with seed you won't get true plants you get weird and wonderful colours but that is half the fun. 

stake and support the plant, it will help it, ball ways deadhead regularly then just easy off late summer to save a few heads for seed. I managed to propagate and prick up 357 dahlia plants this year and gave to my farther for his large borders, they look awesome! He won't lift his he lets them take their chance but I lift mine as I want to keep my original specimens (if that is the right term!)


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:22

If it's up split it and make more!! I love dividing and cuttings etc, thrifty living!!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:16

Thank you all. Is it best to lift and or feed bulbs to keep them going then. It seems like an expense to me if they will fade. And I won't be able to take seed or cuttings as insurance policy

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