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Latest posts by Bluebaron

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:27
Ordered mine last week expecting a February March delivery but turned up today!
At least it's not raining so off to replace my raspberry bed.

It's about 10 years old and starting to wane. I have gone for half summer and half autumn.

Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 11:40


I agree but you need to start with something. 

"but get close up and its all clover, dandelions, bits of moss and other undesirables"

If the lawn has not much grass to start with might as well strip it off and start again then follow procedure as you have said.

Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:10
By the time you spend all that time and money on treating it maybe just rip it up and seed/turf. It will give you a fresh start and something to move forward with.

I have a very large lawn and have spent about ??400 trying to get it better shape. Although after 18 months it's getting better I can't help feeling that ??1000 spent in the first place would have been the way to go.

Alternative to usual shed roof felting

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:36

Use the felt to waterproof then clad with fencing (featherboards).

Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 18:41

Well i have no clumps at all now just tubers!


Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 13:05

Well i attempted the 'just pull them apart' method from very large clumps.

With a clump with around 50 tuber i ended up with around 10. the rest were damaged either crushed or ripped from the stem in the 'just pull them apart' method'!

This method did however work a lot better on small very dry clumps.

I gave up trying to spot any eyes and basically just cut them with a chunk of main root/stem attached. There will hopefully be an eye in there somewhere. 

As an aside I had several clumps with crown gail that I just binned but hope to replant in the same bed next year (which is now clear). Any tips with treating this bed or shall i just go for it?

Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 21:08
I had the same problem. My clumps are huge I intend to dry out and pack til march when I will pot up for a few weeks then spilt after I can see the sprouts..


Posted: 19/11/2014 at 13:42


Here are some i grew from a free seed packet. Unfortunately I didn't label them and it was a mixed Batch!

Very hard to spot the 'eyes' but will have a go at division in a few days.



Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:09

 I dug mine up today,washed the soil and put in greenhouse to dry.

I usually leave them in but as you can see they are rather large clumps now and need division. I plan on doing an Autumn division in about a week. 

I will then either pot them up individually or store them and plant out in April.

Importing tropical plants

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 05:31
Hi all I'm in Thailand this week and there are loads of wonderful plants here. I was thinking of bringing one back. I might even try even bring a banana similar to what Monty recently dug up and stored for winter? Do you think it will survive in my conservatory this winter? What would you bring? (Ps size isn't a real issue as I am a pilot and so I can stick what I like in the hold, within reason, plus I have to carry it!)

Discussions started by Bluebaron

Are you brave enough?

Starting again 
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Rotting Dahlias

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Climbing Rose

How to promote new growth 
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Importing tropical plants

What would you bring? 
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Rhs plant shop

Is this a rip off? 
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plant IDS

Idi think its a weed? 
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Bargins on the high street

great discounts on garden stuff 
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garden help

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californian poppy spotting

Spotting my seedlings 
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My first year in the vegetable garden

allotment photo 
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black spots on bush

ID Please 
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over crowding

what to cut back in overcrowded border 
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GArden Fork Recommendation

Its broken again! 
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When to dig it all up

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