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Dahlia pot size

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 17:36

HI I haven't potted up my Dahlias yet, they are still in the loft as it's still pretty cold here in Glasgow. I use a variety of sizes and some are huge as I've had most of them for about 6 yrs or so. I would advise plastic pots though as last year I used some terracotta and ceramic pots because I needed really big pots over 12", but when I was taking them out of their pots to plant in garden quite a lot of the fine roots stuck to the pots. Although they did all flower beautifully I'm not sure if it did them any good. I absolutely love Dahlias. My husband made me some veg beds a few years ago but I kept one for some of my Dahlias and have a great display when they all flower.


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:15

I have just purchased pellets called Silent Roar which had a good review for chasing off cats. It says that the are permeated with Lions scent. So hopefully they will not like the big cat!  Will post how it goes.

Strawberries Dropping Off

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 12:28

I'm glad we don't have tree rats in Scotland Steve 309! I don't think there are voles in the garden as I am sure I would have seen signs of them and the neighbours would have commented. There is a field mouse as I have seen that but I don't think it would get through the net as it is very small netting, the bees manage to get through okay for the pollen.

I have noticed today that I have some nice red strawbs so I am just going to go out and pick them before the rain which I forecast for today comes.

Strawberries Dropping Off

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 11:27

Not that I've seen.

Strawberries Dropping Off

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 14:02

I don,t think it is squirrels Welshonion as they are under netting in the form of a fruit cage, there is nowhere that the squirrel could get in!

Dovefromabove the netting is very securely stapled on to wooden posts in the form of a fruit cage.

Strawberries Dropping Off

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 10:55

I have a bed of strawberries which are now in their third year. Normally I get loads of lovely strawberries but this year I am finding lots of green strawberries on the ground. I keep them watered regularly. Also in the same bed I have a blackcurrant bush, gooseberry bush and thornless blackberry from which I get fruit.  The bed is covered by a net to keep the birds off.  I must have lost about 7 or 8 lbs of strawberries so far. Would welcome any ideas on what could be going wrong.

Mares Tail

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 11:06

I agree with both scroggin and orchid lady, just keep on pulling up as much of it as you can.  The worst thing I find, is that it comes from our neighbours garden and as they cannot see the large amount of mares tail in their garden ( it is hidden from their view by an outbuilding) it doesn't seem to bother them, so they don't weed this area. There is not much I can do about this but it is really annoying!!

Lily beetle on penstemmon plants

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 16:36

I wonder if anyone has seen signs of lily beetle on their plants. Yesterday I found one on a penstemon plant.  At first I thought it was a ladybird but it was a lily beetle.  I thought that these beetles were only found on lilies. Needless to say I squashed it but I wonder if anyone else has found any of these beetles on other plants also.  This is first time I have. I normally only check my lilies once they have emerged and pick off any I find

Talkback: Hostas and slugs

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 13:13

I have some hostas which I hate the slugs getting too.  I start putting down some slug pellets just before the plant emerges. Last year I tried some nemaslug treatment as I had heard Monty Don talking about this.  It was great I didn't apply it until May it gives 6 weeks of cover this also helps the new growth of other plants emerging.  I am just about to apply some today as the ground temperature is ready and we had some very heavy rain yesterday which is the ideal time to apply it.

What I would really like is to have some frogs move in as they would certainly help a lot. 

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 12:54

I over wintered mine in the loft and planted in compost same time as Monty.  I put them out in my unheated greenhouse beginning of April and still have them in there just now.  The greenhouse had been insulated with bubble wrap which helps a lot. Some are about 12ins high and some smaller but about three or four still not showing signs of growth.  Living in Scotland I am very pleased with percentage saved over winter.  I have about 33 in total but I won't be planting in border until nearing end of month when all chance of frost has gone. I would persevere as it is still early days yet and it all depends on temperature. Once the weather turns warmer you may find a difference. Good luck.

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Strawberries Dropping Off

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Lily beetle on penstemmon plants

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Rejuvinating old roses

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