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Latest posts by Berghill

Planting aliums

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 09:05

Planting deeply just means that the badgers dig a bigger hole to get at them. At least it does here,

Planting aliums

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 10:47

8 inches seems a bit deep to me. Depends on where you live and how well drained is your soil. Places which get very deep penetrating frosts might need to have them planted that deep, but here, ours are no where near that depth. They self seed here and those bulbs are often almost on the surface and they survive and flower.

All you can do is wait and see. Also they do sort of self regulate their depth, they can and do pull themselves down into the soil.

More work!

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 08:18

I had some of that stuff, but it is not a nice chemical as an organo-phosphate.

There is a new treatment for professional growers now, but it is rather expensive and the shelf life once open is low., sold only by the kilo too. It is a fungus which eats the grubs. Claims to be persistent, so once on the roots of the plant it will continue to protect for the life of the plant.


More work!

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 17:31

The Geums are future sales plants and they are in the tunnel to keep them growing on so they are in flower for the big sale in May. Ditto the Auricula.

More work!

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 15:41

Foggy day and everywhere is far too damp to work outside. So, tunnel working day. Nice easy job, going through the plants in there and removing dead leaves etc. First one I picked up (Geum Abendsonne) had no roots and in the compost, a Vine weevil grub. Now this is not a surprise as they love Geums, but every plant in the tunnel was stood to its neck over night in strong Provado,so in theory that should have killed off any grubs.

So instead of a nice easy job, every plant in there has to be unpotted and checked. There are a lot of plants, for example over 400 baby Auriculas. They too are Vine weevil fodder.

Found grubs in five more Geums, but none in the Auriculas so far. Only a a thousand plants to go.

rat in compost heap

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 15:33

Well, T Bird if there was any problem then me and 'her indoors' would be dead a long time ago. We have had rats nesting in the compost heap every year for the last 20 years or so (country living). Now admittedly our rats are field rats rather than sewer rats (no sewers here) so less likely to be extremely diseased, but even so.

And the animal manure which farmers spread on their fields is just as likely to be contaminated with rat urine, or in the case of the chicken manure which is spread on the land round here, every bacterium you can imagine, you could get totally paranoid about it.

Soil bacteria are excellent at sterilising compost.

rat in compost heap

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 11:55

Safe to use, After all rats wander all over your allotment soil when you are not there,so what is the difference between that and your compost?

Strange Looking Fruit

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 12:03

Seed needs to be sown fresh, remember which ever Magnolia it is.

Strange Looking Fruit

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 09:05

Our grandiflora leaves are in much the same condition as those, but then it is a bit cold here for it.

Strange Looking Fruit

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 17:38

Looks very much like M ,grandiflora seedpod.

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