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Plants to edge a bed to scare cats off

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:31

Dogwood!  Woof woof! 

Sorry, couldn't resist it!


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:28

Hi nellie, you really need to wait until late April or May before taking cuttings.  You need the fresh new shoots as rosemary probably won't root from old wood.  There are details of how to do it in the 'How to' section:

The old bush may or may not survive being transplanted into a pot (I wouldn't give it much chance to be honest), so I would wait until you have rooted a few cuttings before risking it.

Blind Bulbs.

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:01

What sort of bulbs, butterfly6?  All bulbs only flower when they have built themselves up enough, so your problem may be lack of nutrients, especially if they have been in the same soil in the pot for sevral years.  Lack of watering when the flowers have bloomed can also be an issue - they need feeding and watering after flowering until the leaves die down naturally, as it is those leaves which build the bulb up for the next year.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 19:55

The Goldfinches went awol here for a while but between 4 and 6 have been hammering the sunflower seed feeders today.

Lovely birds - I always think they look very exotic compared to most of the species usually seen in the UK.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 17:32

Pruned all of my Group 2 & 3 clematis (about 3 dozen of them) and got carried away de-tangling a couple of honeysuckles - won't be expecting too many flowers from those after such a massacre!  Chopped 3 buddleia back hard and hacked back an overgrown Choisya, finishing off by cutting the Polka raspberries back to ground.  Looks like a few hours shredding needed tomorrow! 

Potatoes - what's the skinny?

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 19:22

Yep, Mira are the larger red Sarpo variety Bekkie.  Axona are a bit smaller and there's a resistant blue one too from the same stable (Blue Danube.)

The general advice regarding fertiliser is that if you have keeled slugs which make holes in the potatoes then use a granular potato fertiliser, otherwise well-rotted farm yard manure is ideal.  I sprinkle fertiliser in the bottom of the hole and then over the general area before earthing-up.  One thing to avoid is mushroom compost as it contains lime and causes scab on the potato skin (which isn't really harmful but does affect their keeping qualities.)

Potatoes - what's the skinny?

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 00:41

They are 'Sarpo' varieties, Bekkie.  I always grow a row of Sarpo Mira or Sarpo Axona just in case of an attack of late blight.   Good advice to grow several varieties to find ones you like.  The same spuds grown in different ground often taste quite differently, so only by trying them in your own ground can you be sure.

Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 18:30
Welshonion wrote (see)
Edd, sorry, but that looks a bit small for rat poo; or maybe they are baby rats.

If anybody catches a rat in a trap and they don't intend to kill it, what are they going to do with it next??

As I understand it, trapped vermin can't be released elsewhere and it's also against the law to mistreat (eg starve) it, so that's a blummin' good question!

Neglected asparagus bed.....

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 00:15

If the couch grass is visible now, you can spray it with glyphosate on a dry day as the asparagus won't be shooting for many weeks yet.  Keep doing that once a week until the spears start to show and that should deal with the couch grass which is the worst of the weeds you mention because of its roots which will be completely intermingled with the asparagus roots.  After the asparagus starts growing, treat the other weeds in the way fidget says.

Does no digging work?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 19:09

That's the real trick isn't it Verdun. 

Without regular top-dressing, the worms (who do all of the work for us) won't be so active so a bit of human-powered cultivation will become necessary!

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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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