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Posted: 07/12/2013 at 10:48

Got home last night to find the delayed and then delayed again tulip order had finally arrived.  All 652 of them..  It's a good job I have Mon & Tue off work!  The problem now is that I'm going to end-up digging-up myriads of mini-daffs, crocuses and anenomes which arrived and were planted weeks ago so I can't remember where they all are (there were a few hundred of them, too.)

The alternative is to plant a lot of them in pots and then sink the pots into the beds later once the other bulbs start peeking through.  Need to go out and buy more pots for that plan to work though.   Oh well, it'll all seem worth it in the spring!

SAVE OUR SEEDS! ...again!!

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 18:54

There's something about it on real seeds main page which mentions Dec 10th and some interesting text on the left at the bottom of the page which seems a good way around it.  I noticed it the other day.  I have no connection with the site other than as a satisfied customer:



Posted: 06/12/2013 at 18:48

Same problem with tough grasses here nut.  A real "bind" in more than one sense!


Posted: 05/12/2013 at 19:17

Let us know how you get on with whatever you choose Berghill.  I have an Alko (impact type) and got a few more years out of it by replacing the blades (I had resharpened the originals so many times that I couldn't believe how much wider a new set was!)  I compost all of my shreddings so it's important that the pieces are as small as possible which makes the crushing type less than ideal.  I'm not at all bothered about how much noise they make, only the size of the output shreddings.  There seem to be a few types out now which use both methods simultaneously but they are rather expensive so I too am interested in how these turbine types perform outside of "suppliers reviews".

splitting rhubarb

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 18:59

Any time it is dormant crackedpot, so now would be OK.  Normally the recommendation is to dig a whole crown up (often easier said than done!) and split it so that each piece has at least one bud before replanting in prepared soil.  Newly planted pieces are best left uncropped for a year to allow the roots to re-establish.  If you want to leave half of it in-place so that it can be cropped next year, you could dig a large hole at one side of the crown and then use a sharp spade to split it, levering the half you want to replant elsewhere into the hole ready for moving.  Mixing plenty of well rotted manure etc into the soil when you refill the hole would give the remaining plant some good ground to spread into.


Posted: 05/12/2013 at 18:32

Doesn't seem much damage here from what I could see in the dark when I got home but the new leaf blower I bought is going to be redundant - all the leaves are now in someone else's garden by the looks of it!  Had a bit of a fright while walking down at the bottom of the garden though - I heard something scampering off though the undergrowth as I approached.  Probably just a cat but it sounded bigger!


Posted: 04/12/2013 at 22:27

I know what you mean fb - my OH's niece and nephew are the same and even turn their noses up at jam if it has "bits" in it!

"Bits" indeed - they are the only traces of actual fruit left in the stuff! 


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 21:43

It should grow reasonably ok in a large pot (I would say 50 litre minimum, 100+ litre better) but given the large leaf area it would require a lot of watering - I doubt you could keep up in a hot summer.  It doesn't need full sun so maybe you could plant it somewhere out of the way instead?  I'm sure it would be infinitely happier in the ground.  Whatever you do it needs a *lot* of feeding to be productive - 50/50 composted manure and soil would be ideal.


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 21:29

GG, If iy's not gone into full hibernation mode yet it is worth trying - apparently they like cat food.  I found some images of hedgehog scat:

or google 'hedgehog scat images' for more.


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 20:48

Not sure about the poo but hedgehogs often hibernate in the base of large pampas grasses.

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