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Will my ASPARAGUS recover

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 08:24

I had 2 x 20' rows of asparagus in their fifth year, grown from seed. I was looking forward to harvesting them last year, but the spears were extremely spindly and turned to fern at 6". this year no sign of any of the crowns. I have bought more seed and will endevour to grow some more, but I will plant them out in a different location as the bed was rather wet over the late spring............... well, flooded much of the time and I expect the existing crowns have rotted.

Is it ever going to STOP!!!!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 08:21

I don't get het up bout the weather, nowt i can do about it. But I must admit, the garden is looking gorgeous at the moment, but the veg plots have failed miserably, so next year they will be transformed into perennial planting schemes, with maybe the odd veg. Veg seeds sown in march (peas and broad beans) are only just germinating intermittently. and nothing else is appearing except for a small row of spring onions, which have germinated this year for the first time ever. Do I hear shouts of not too late to sow some more, well it is at my location, as the time limit before autumn starts with me is short. so hey ho. Don't like growing veg as much as perennials anyway. 

peas have yellow !

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 08:12

there are a number of contributing factors, and any one of them could be the cause. All aspects of the weather for starters. Have you fed them recently?

Feathers in Compost?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 19:30

mish2, Nettle tea can be used as a foliar feed, but as some plants prefer not to get too wet, like toms grown under cover, I would just water the roots.

Name please

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 08:29

definately not a bergenia, the leaves don't look leathery enough. It looks more like a petasites, a butterbur. They have fine hairs on the underneath of the leaves where they are grey, and travel by creeping along the top of the ground.

Is everyone else's plants very late this year?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 08:15

At my altitude, my garden is always about 4 weeks behind anyhow, so not alot of difference for me, but then my autumn usually starts by early aug. I must admit though, that last year and this, the perennials have never looked better for me. but then the couch grass is creeping quicker.

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 07:36

No confusion re fresh seed. You can sow them in the green, that is to say collect whilst green and before they have dried.  If you have sown any bought seed, do not discard the tray/pot, Leave in a cool shady place out of the rain. keep moist, not wet. Leave over the winter, by the following mid spring you may have a few pop up.

GW Presenters

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 08:04

I like all of the presenters, even got used to Monty on his own garden. But I agree with Andrea..................... I canot abode RDT, the only person that grates me. Either very patronising or appearing to read off the auto Q

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 09:19

I went yesterday for the first time. Thoroughly enjoyed it, Even got to speak to Carol klein very quickly.  Spent loads in the floral marquee, but took a list with me and couldn't find a plant I wanted. Found most of the plants were similar and most would have been in flower now anyway. Didn't see any Hemorocallis, but not too worried.  Only spotted a couple of children in pushchairs and they were both asleep. . Rained a couple of times, but no prob. Throroughly enjoyed it. Visited food hall where I left the party I was with. Bought a couple of nice ornaments for the garden.  Didn't do one of the theatres. Food hall theatre open anyway, so could see chefs whilst  walking past, But GW theatre closed in. Took my trug trolley with me and filled it. Not sure the plant boxes on wheel would be useful round garden and my trug carried more anyway. Car Park £8. Travelled 3.5 hrs to get there then home again. So out of house between 6.30am and 10.30pm. Long Day, but well worth it for first visit.  Just surprised that there was little differences between some of the plant stands, average starting price for plants £6. But what was there was well presented. Had quick look round show gardens, but rain stopped viewing properly. But then showgardens not my thing anyway.

Catananche - how to propagate?

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 09:03

They are a short lived perennial, but can be propagated in several ways, You can split up a clump in spring, You can take root cuttings in winter, or collect and sow your own seeds as soon as they are ready.

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