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Removing raspberry runners

Posted: Today at 01:47

Raspberries are from the Rubus family, same as Brambles - as long as the soil conditions are good for them, they have the same tenacity as brambles so I doubt if weed control fabric will stop them....

Sometimes when you gamble you lose....

Posted: Today at 01:33

Although perhaps a little early in the year I thought I'd take a chance and use the recent good spell of weather to some work on my lawn.

Scarified, raked, aerated, selectively top dressed to even out some hollows and finally overseeded.

I don't think I need a sprinkler, the weather came back:

It's less polo field, more water polo pool!

I guess if we have frost whilst it looks like that it will damage the seed and probably kill off the remaining grass? Oh joy, latest forecast is for wintery showers for the next 24 hours! I can't even tell if the seed is still there or has floated/washed/blown away, still it has probably stopped the birds eating it.

What do we all think the chances of the grass surviving this experience are?

strawberries in raised beds

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 02:02

Mine have been doing fine in multipurpose compost for a couple of years now, they really love to grow all you need to do is keep those varmints off - I have a wire mesh cage around my raised beds to keep cats out rather than bunnies.


Posted: 27/03/2015 at 23:41

I have been keeping my conservatory at about 15-20C to help get some things started - the sunflowers were sown in pots and just kept on the floor without any kind of cover - 6 out of 8 have come up already.

How to grow tomatoes from seed - Heinz 3402 variety

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 23:29

You are missing nothing - the promotional period has ended so the links to the grow your own page are all broken and there are hundreds of people asking similar questions without answers as far as I can see.

Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 10:04

It is hard to buy peat because we have realised it is ecologically unsound to be digging out the landscape to use in gardens.

It can take hundreds or thousands of years to make just an inch or 2 of peat (wikipedia says 1mm / year, but only 30-40% of peat bog is capable of regenerating in the first place), so it is effectively a finite resource.


Posted: 26/03/2015 at 01:51

Good to hear people start them off in the greenhouse/coldframe/windowsill successfully. I got some freebie seeds for a dwarf variety that can grow in pots so I planted them direct in 40cm pots in my conservatory intending to just move the pots to the final position when it warms up a bit.

Bee Pitstop

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 01:33

I too have chosen some flowers that are labelled as good for bees or pollinators - but I'm not as smart as some of you and never even considered making sure I had a range of different flowering times....

Something I have seen recently in garden centres and even in supermarkets, is bee and butterfly mats - as far as I can tell it is a mat pre-seeded with with flowers suitable for whichever insect it says on the label. All you need to do is clear a patch of ground the right size (cut the turf and probably fork over the soil below so the roots can penetrate) lay out the mat and water it.

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 01:06

Out of the average 8 Tomatoberry I sowed, all 11 have been up for a few days, and of the average 10 Shirley I sowed, all 12 are through now I guess they put a few extra seeds in in case some don't germinate, but 100% success rate with the tomatoes again!

I also have a good few peas up and some parsley. On the flower front I have some verbena seedlings now (may get some more they could take another couple of weeks yet) and the free gift sunflowers appear to be sprouting too (should be good for attracting pollinators).

I'll soon have too many plants t cope with

Beetroot and radishes

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 00:47

Generally speaking bolting seems to be a reaction to dry conditions - the plant figures the growing season is coming to an end and it is going to wither and die soon so it puts all it's energy into trying to produce seed instead of the leaves or roots that we are after. So probably not enough water.

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