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Fungi on cutttings

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 21:41

Mmmm it's not the way I'd start off those type of cuttings. I assume they are hard wood cuttings, and should be in a slit trench in the garden or planted deeply in a pot with gritty compost outdoors. Sorry I haven't time to find a web link but if you do a search for hardwood cuttings you should get more info.

some stem cuttings and soft wood cuttings can be rooted in water but that's a Spring summer job.

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 14:05

Hi Victoria, I'll be digging out some Autumn Bliss runners in the Spring, they aren't heavy croppers but taste nice. They are in heavy soil in shade so might do better in your allotment.

Your welcome to them if you want them. Hope your continuing to make progress. 

Has anyone used Ivy as a hedge?

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 17:30

My neighbour has an accidental ivy hedge. The garden borders onto a playing field and has/ had a six foot high board fence, ivy came from another garden and it grew up and along the said fence rooting as it spread over a period of years. My relatively new neighbours aren't gardeners and like to keep all their plants very tidy.

as I said the ivy now looks like a hedge probably about 18 inches thick Up to the top of the boards I reckon they shear it every month to clip away all the new growth. It seems a lot of hard work to me.

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 07/01/2018 at 16:58

Hi Victoria, Jean here, thanks for the Christmas card, we were fortunate to go on holiday before Christmas but because I ran out of time few cards got sent. 

Anyway onto gardening..I've always recycling binned killer diller weeds here at home but a friend who has an allotment like yourself has always just chucked them into a lidded black plastic bin and left them to dry out / rot down. There's really nothing to lose if it doesn't work. 

Congratulations on the purchase of your greenhouse, my lovely little cedar octagonal one is 20 years old and although not on its last legs wont last forever. I'm having to think in terms of easier gardening as me and the chief labourer aren't getting any younger. When the times comes to replace the GH I'm thinking of a larger one I can grow more hobby plants in with a summerhouse on one side..That's us gardens all over isn't it ..always optimistic.

Happy gardening in 2018. 

fuchsia seed

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 23:16

I bought Hawkshead as rooted tot plants about 3years ago. ..I absolutely love them. I'm building my stock up with cuttings. I have other hardy fushias in the gardentoo.  This  year I've discovered a self sown fushia plant, its near the Hawksheads so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that's what it is, hopefully it will flower next year.

best of luck with your seeds.

Deceased Japanese Acer

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 14:34

Earlier in the week when the gales came through my lovely Acer was downed. It was large and about 30 years old. When I looked at the broken trunk I realised it was diseased and partly callused over. A small section was left behind. It looked as if it severed where it had been grafted onto a root stock.

Monty was planting an Apricot? on GW last night and said to take care of the graft point. That's where I think I went wrong. I had a small glade of Acers and had logs leaves etc piled around for wildlife. I think that's how the graft perhaps got covered and disease set in. 

Just posting this as a caution to others. 


Posted: 13/10/2017 at 13:13

I have a small collection of older varieties and scented leaved ones which aren't particularly easy to replace So I like to keep them if I can. I've overwinrtered In several ways. I have a small unheated greenhouse but I find condensation and damp air a problem. I've found rooted cuttings on a shelf against the garage window do best. It's cold but well above freezing and the plants grow very slowly but importantly the air is dry.Plants in the house keep on growing and get a bit drawn. Mind you larger plants I decided not to overwinter and left against a wall have survived and regrown. 

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 11:55

Hi Kitty yes I'd say soaking works but I  didn't empty pots to check. Obviously you need to plunge in water to the rim of the pot. 

The compost which had vine weevil in and was soaked was tipped into the compost bin yesterday with dead ie drowned grubs visible. 

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 12:43

I do get vine weevil grub damage mostly succulents and primula in pots. I have used provado in the past but I've also drowned the little devils by putting my pots in deep trays and filling with water to soil level and leaving for 24 hrs. Although I'd be careful of doing that with succulents at this time of year. There's nothing sadder than seeing a plant not growing in early spring and realising it's just sitting on the compost with no roots.

Earlier this week I was sorting congested pots of daff bulbs which I hadn't touched since spring. In the mass of new roots were the dreaded grubs although I was not aware of damage. I've shaken out the bulbs and repotted them In fresh compost...fingers crossed. The old compost I put in a plastic trug and cover with water, leave for a few days and then upend it into compost bin. I have to say I'm a squsher of any grubs I see.

What is this, please?

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 22:29

I have a bird gifted one that is hard by a Hawkshead fushia. I couldn't split them so left them to get on with it. The get pruned to ground level in Spring. The interwoven flowering stems are delightful. 

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