Latest posts by Berghill

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 20:35

And you think Provado works? I stood my Auriculas in  soaking trays of the stuff, overnight, up to their necks a few weeks back. Today I have been going through them, actually not looking for grubs, rather removing dead and dying leaves to prevent botrytis and guess what I found , live and eating in some of the pots?


Posted: 12/11/2015 at 16:29

Generally speaking Hazel do not root from cuttings, very easily. they are usually grafted if culinary types or grown from Nuts if the hedging forms.

Easy enough from nut kernels. Break open a nut, extract the kernel and sow in ordinary potting compost and leave for the winter. Protect from vermin.

The ones which grow from squirrel plantings germinate slowly as the hard shell has to rot away first.

Pruning Bird Cherry hedge plants

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 15:35

Funny you should ask. I was (until the wind got up and it started raining) pollarding the hedge at the bottom of our garden. It is a mixture of Field Maple and Bird Cherry. They are now about 15 feet high, so I am taking them back to just below the height of the wire fence. Probably the wrong time of year, but this is the only time I can actually get at them from either inside or outside.

Tidying Ornamental Grass

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:28

Well, be that as it may, we cut back all ours starting now, even the supposedly evergreen ones. Mainly because it takes until Spring to get through them all.

Allotment websites

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:25


That is run by an Allotment holder and full of people who have them. Been going a fair number of years too.

Tidying Ornamental Grass

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 10:30

Looks a bit like the one known as Gardener's Gaiters.(Phalaris arundinacea picta).

It depends on if you like to look at the stems covered in frost or not. If not then cut it down to the ground now, otherwise leave it until early spring/late winter (just before the new growth begins).

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.

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