BobTheGardener


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Anyone grow Agapanthus in border

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 19:02

I grew Headbourne hybrids from seed and they turned into thugs when eventually planted into my borders - nothing would grow near them and the mass of roots was huge when I eventually dug them out.  I left them upside down over the winter hoping the frost would kill them and they would rot but they re-grew when I dumped them in the 'unwanted plant' graveyard at the bottom of my garden!

Clearly the majority of agapanthus are quite delicate and many are not frost-hardy but if you grow Headbourne hybrids, beware!

Plant ID

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 18:45

If you decide to let any produce those handsome red berries, remember to remove and dispose of the whole fruiting stem well before the berries start to go over and fall otherwise you will have hundreds of them popping-up nearby.  I think the gernination rate must be close to 100% and each berry has lots of seeds..

Unwelcome garden visitors

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:34

Yes, Jack Frost was an unwelcome garden visitor here last night - got down to -4C!

It's -2.8C right now at 7.30am.  Glad I resisted the temptation to start seeds early.

Potatoes after strawberries?

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:09

As long as your strawberries were healthy you should be OK following Jerry's advice.  However, both plants are susceptible to verticillium so it's usually recommended to leave a gap of at least a year or two when planting one where the other has grown before.  Have a look at this page:

http://strawberryplants.org/2011/03/companion-planting-strawberries/

 

Use of Vermiculite / Perlite

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:16
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

Perlite is a good addition when making up seed or cutting compost.  Vermiculite is a lot lighter in texture......good for covering seeds which need light for germination.

Beat me to it Philippa!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 21:55

Use small modules instead of pots Sue.  You can get them with up to 128 cells which fit into a standard size seed tray and can easily cut sections off to fit whichever size propagator you happen to have.  That way you can just pop the seedlings out of any modules which have germinated and leave the rest, or even snip the module out so that you don't disturb the roots.  I've been doing it that way for years as you will never tame nature in such a way to make seeds all germinate at the same rate!

Plastic boards

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 11:54

Agree, facia boards are far too flimsy.  I think the article is referring to recycled plastic planks.  These are available in all kinds of thicknesses and sizes, even posts.  Here are a couple of suppliers google just found:

http://www.filcris.co.uk/products/boards-and-posts

http://www.kedel.co.uk/

 

We all need a bit of cheering up

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:34

Island bed last spring:


Same bed a few weeks later:


 

Favourite Winter Vegetables

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:23

Dug up the last of the parsnips for last weekend's roast - lovely.  Still have leeks and savoy cabbage in the ground plus, my favourite, winter squashes which have been stored since just before the first frost a few months ago.  Have about half a dozen of those left.  There are still enough stored potatoes to last until the first earlies are ready.

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