Berghill


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Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 10:07

We have been using shredded branches as mulch, both fresh and composted for the last 20 years and I cannot say that I have noticed any Nitrogen deficiency problems caused by them. The fields around us have suffered because of the amount of rain over the last few years, but a crop of Field beans seems  to have solved the problem for the moment.

If it does worry folks then sprinkle a tablespoon or so per square yard of Bonemeal before mulching.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 10:03

I have always composted the old leaves. They do take a while to rot, but never had any trouble with them and we have a few hundred Hellebores, so there is a lot of leaves to get rid of.

Secateurs

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 20:17

Felco ones are just as bad at locking up as any others. I know I have a pair which I rarely use these days for that reason.

Secateurs

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 12:21

Never found a pair either. I just remove the locking mechanism so the secateurs stay open all the time. Bit dangerous, but it saves a lot of hassle when using them.

maggots slugs

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 08:42

Advice still applies, clean the bulbs etc. and store cool and frost free.

maggots slugs

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 20:23

What did the maggots look like? Where they cream with a brown head? If so then they were vine weevil grubs (A common pest of Begonia corms). Clean the corm very carefully and dispose of the maggots, either on the fire or on the bird table. They will not now spread as once they are removed from the corms they have nothing to eat and will die.

 

Feeding

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 15:16

The advice given was actually to feed when the leaves on the x hybridus start to descend and you feed the roots which are then beginning to regrow. This is also the best time to move and divide any of them too.

So yes to Lyn.

Feeding

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 12:38

Ashwoods recommend feeding in September with a Seaweed based fertiliser.

Paeonia delavayi

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 10:40

lutea means yellow.

There are forms of P. delavayi where the stamens etc. in the centre are more yellow in colour than others. You would need to buy one in flower.

The pure yellow one is also known as Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii

Have a look at Kelways website.

Tulbaghia - wow!

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 14:40

They have a wonderful display of them at Bodnant Gardens. Tried them from seeds, but never managed to overwinter the plants. I think that established ones need to be kept dry and frost free over winter.

There are between 26 and 29 species listed. South African in origin.

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