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Rhubarb in pots

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 20:19

Hi lavenderlass, check that you haven't accidentaly clicked 'Ignore' on your own avatar.

To fix it, go to Settings and unignore yourself.

Good news about the rhubarb!


PS, the site 'my posts' thing is currently broken for everyone - they are working on a fix.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 18:46

Great weather and got a lot done.

The 72 bedding plugs which arrived this morning turned into well over 100 when potted-on into modules as many of them had more than one plant so I separated those which would easily come apart. The tomatoes which came up earlier this week spent the day in the GH and look really healthy, with he sungold now showing true leaves - I'll bring 'em indoors tonight though.  Also got a cheap rhubarb from wilko, so that's gone in the ground today, too.


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 18:36

Hi Maureen, yes but mix it in well othewise it may take a long time to rot down.  Large amounts may attract vermin too, so I wouldn't add more than a pound or so in one go.

plum trees - problems

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 15:50

Hi Ina, it's still a bit early for many varieties of plum, particularly the late cropping ones.  Hopefully you have small buds visible?  What variety is it?


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 15:45

Hi joanne, don't cut it back hard as lavender doesn't often grow new shoots on old wood, so doing that will almost definitely be the end of it.  If it still has the flower stalks on it, cut those off, about 1-2cm into green(ish!) leaves, below.  Most of mine look very sad at the moment, but there is still hope yet as the weather is only just starting to warm up, something it really needs.  RHS pruning advice here:



Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:26

Had 72 summer bedding plugs delivered thsi morning, so just back from buying 10 new seed trays and module fillers as I'd run out.  Rapidly running out of space in the GH, cold frame and conservatory and still have a lot of seeds to sow.  If we have another really cold snap, they'll be big trouble!


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:18

I agree with others - get it in the ground where it will grow much better.  They are one of the easiest and most trouble free fruit plants you can grow.

Need help with different types of plants

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:15

I'll also recommend aquilegias for clay and part shade.  They are a trouble free, long lived perennial and come in a wide range of variations of colour and flower shape.   For climbers, most clematis are happy in part shade, too, but dig a deep hole and mix in plenty of organic matter.  In fact many of the large flowered group 2 clematis prefer it and show thier best flower colour in part shade.  Foxgloves also do well in the same conditions.

Amateur Weatherman/woman

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 20:05

Hi Cheery, it's great to hear of someone else on the forum with the same interest!  Light pollution is awful in and around our cities, I agree.  I have to use a LP filter (which cost a small fortune) but helps a lot, particularly with photography.  Here's an image I made of Messier 63, the Sunflower galaxy (to keep it gardening related!) from 2009:



Amateur Weatherman/woman

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 19:41

Nope, nothing in the universe (apart from the Sun) has any bearing on the weather at all, but I can't use my telescopes if it's cloudy, so have to try and plan my viewing sessions around the clouds.  Bit tricky (to say the least) in the UK! 

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