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planting Hawthorh from cuttings

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 23:09

From my experience, hawthorn cuttings don't take very well - I had less than 1 in 5 root.  It is normally propagated from seed and now is the ideal time to collect the haws and sow them - they need the cold period in the soil to help them germinate.

I think the best chance of rooting cuttings would be to take 6 or 7 times as many as you need in Autumn from strong new semi-ripe (part woody, part green stem) growth.

Young 'whips' are very cheap to buy and will give you a hedge in much less time - probably at least 2 years quicker than growing from seed or cuttings.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 19:00

Had one of those 'orrible' days - lashing it down going to work, sunny blue skies while at work and then raining on the way home.  Just the opposite of what you want really.

unknown bugs

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 23:08

Leek moth by the sound of it:

Like carrot fly, fleecing the plants seems to be the only effective control available.

Plants for a waterlogged garden?

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 14:30

Hi Donna, I'm not surprised the strawbs love it - you can't really give them too much water!  When you place plants in pots, do you put some drainage (eg coarse grit, pea shingle etc) at the bottom?  That is essential if placing the pots directly on concrete.  I would suggest 2 inches (5cm) of drainage before putting any compost in.  Use taller pots if you need to in order to get that drainage layer in.  An alternative (or in addition) is to place your pots on pot stands which will raise them off of the ground so that standing water will not soak into them from below.  Most plants hate their feet being constantly wet and will quickly keel over.


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 14:19

Thanks for that idea PPam - I'll definitely try it as the tyre appears to only have a slow puncture so that stuff sounds ideal. 


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:36

Glad things are going well Andy. 

Just started a light drizzle here so in for a cuppa.  When I filled the barrow with the 1st load of compost earlier, I couldn't push it - flat tyre, so had to find the pump.. 

Should have got a solid replacement wheel methinks - probably ran over some hawthorn prunings last time out - I often find those embedded in the soles of my gardening boots.

Pond Pests

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 10:55

Hi Kate, I'm no pond expert so it is going to be difficult to guess exactly what you have there.  I don't think emptying and refilling will ever work.  What you need to do is let the pond reach a natural balance so that the thousands of different natural pond flora and fauna will keep each other under control.  If you know anyone with a healthy pond, you could speed up that process by taking a bucket of water from it (include some silt from the bottom) and adding that to your pond which will introduce a wide range of them.  Adding a few pond fish and/or frogspawn will likely help too.

Just my tuppence worth!

Help please to stop ground covering plant spreading.

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 10:28

It normally appears in the Spring so good for the early varieties of bumble bees.  Not sure why vegman's ones are flowering now but reading the forum shows lots of things are a bit "confused" this year including some of my blueberries which started flowering a few weeks ago.  The recent frost here has put a stop to that though and there are still lots of nice fat flowering buds ready for the "proper" flowering period next Spring.

I have a few lesser celendine in established borders which only need mulching and they're fine there.  You do not want these in a veg plot or anywhere else that gets regularly cultivated though as that will cause them to spread uncontrollably. 


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 10:19

Mornin' folks, grey here but dry and not too cold so perfect for barrowing a couple of tons of compost around.  I need to empty one of the compost bins as I cut a large laurel back and have nowhere left to put the shreddings from that and the dahlias which have now all been frosted so are looking rather messy.  Kettle full so lots of tea breaks coming up so I can keep up with the forum!   

what's this green fatty?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:06
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Angle shades moth caterpillar? maybe.

I think your are right FB.  I find these throughout the Winter, often hiding under ground-hugging foliage where they overwinter.

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