Berghill


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Harvesting Parsnips

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:17

And they increase the size of the root as the leaves die down. The leaves on ours often reach a metre in height.

PROPAGATION FROM SEED

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 15:29

Follow the advice given for sowing Alliums. It works for any bulb.

allium seeds !

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 21:06

The GW advice to stroe seeds was totally erroneous. They don't like being stored and can then take years to germinate if they ever do.

 

See here

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/talkback-seeds---how-to-collect-allium-seeds/195.html

Alpines in winter

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 10:32

Again, it depends on the alpines. Many of the ones sold  are not really 'alpine' at  all. Many of them are dwarf lowland plants. Or they come from lower slope alpine meadow environments. They are used to a certain amount of winter wet, especially if they go dormant.

As you say, just keep an eye on them.

Alpines in winter

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 17:11

If they are anything like the weight of mine then moving them would be well nigh impossible.

Unless the containers are likely to be damaged by frost, or the plants in them are tender, then they do not normally need protection.

In a couple of mine which have specialist plants which do not like winter rain on them, I cover with a sheet of glass but that is all.

problem Hydrangeas

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 15:31

Did you prune them last year?

Bargain of the year

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 11:05

Primula Gighas Red. £1. It had vine weevil in the pot, but no matter I was going to split it anyway. 30 plants it went into and they are all growing away nicely now (Kiss of death!)

Watching 'Love your garden'

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 17:29

Also remember that these gardens are made for non-gardeners. Why do you think they never go back and look at them 12 months, 2 years on? When they did on Ground Force, most of thwe gardens were no longer maintained the way they were made.

 

problem parsnips

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:10

Or, did you sow the seed direct or try transplanting the seedlings? Damage the tiny tap root when they are moved and you get that problem.

Get a long metal rod, put it in your soil, to a depth of about 18 inches, Move it around in a circular motion making a cone shaped hole in the ground. Fill that with sifted soil and sow the parsnip on top.

Harvest Mites - nasty little critters

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:05

They are awful things. We have friends in Wrexham who have to keep their cats in during the Harvest mite season. It seems to be a very localised problem too. A few houses up or down their road and there is no problem.

They have never found anything to help either. It does seem to be also, a seasonal thing. The mites do stop biting eventually, but when depends on the weather to a large extent. They are not there in Winter though.

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