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Posted: 19/11/2016 at 08:55

Strawberries are completely hardy so no need for frost protection.  Judging by the fruit on them, they look like everbearing varieties but the fruit won't ripen now, so remove the fruiting stems but leave the leaves on.  In the spring, cut off all of the old leaves and you're good to go.

Because of the weed suppressing fabric, you will need to feed them with liquid feed when they start flowering again next year.  Tomato feed would be a good choice.

Personally, I wouldn't use the fabric as it prevents you from putting down a layer of compost or (better) well-rotted manure each autumn to feed the soil.  It is useful if the soil is very weed infested but I would have it off after a couple of years and return to an autumn layer of manure and hoeing to keep weeds down.  Your soil will thank you for it in the long run.

Garden tree wash

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 20:00

I think Berghill is spot on.  These companies won't tell you the exact ingredients as they would consider it a trade secret but if you were worried about it containing something in particular (such as neonicotinoids), they may be more happy to tell you that their product is free of it.

Edit: just saw your reply.  I would only consider using horticultural soap in the garden.  Maybe try a mixture of that and neem oil if you want to DIY.

Last edited: 18 November 2016 20:04:00

Mini greenhouse question

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:53

They will flower slightly earlier if you do that Hefty, maybe by a couple of weeks.  The downside is that they would need hardening off by leaving them outside during the day and putting back in the GH at night for a week or so otherwise customers who planted them outside as soon as they bought them might find the flower stems flop over after a cold night.  This is from my own experience.

Moving bulbs in November

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:40

If they are very congested they may not flower well anyway so I agree with nut and would get it done now if it were my garden.

Poop Identification

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 18:31

Snap, Dove

Poop Identification

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 18:30

Difficult to judge the size but those look very much like worm casts to me.  They can be quite large from a large earthworm.

growing a potato vine in a pot

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:00

I grew one in a 25cm wide, 40cm deep, pot for about 3 years and it did very well and flowered profusely.  Since planting it in the ground it has produced far more growth and had fewer flowers, so I think you'll be ok for a few years at least.

When to Pot Tree Lillies

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 18:50

Plant them as soon as they arrive Peter.  I have pots of similar size and have had 5 in each for the last 4 years and they did well but am transferring them to a border this coming weekend as now they grow to  6ft plus each year, the wind keeps blowing the pots over!  Plant them at the recommended depth on the instructions as the stems produce their own roots so they need to be quite deep.  You want 3 times the height of the bulb of soil above which means at least 6" deep, depending on the size of your bulbs.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 21:42

The weather here today was completely different to yesterday, relatively warm and sunny although everything was still very damp in the garden.  Managed to plant 300 narcissi bulbs (a bit late, I know!)
I've gone for a lot of white varieties this year.  Also filled about half of the new raised bed in the front garden.  Still have 180 bulbs to plant but they are tulips, so no real rush to get those in.

I also leave my dahlias in the ground GWRS.  I find they survive fine as long as I keep an eye out for slugs and snails once they start sprouting.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 14:32

I'd take him over any of the current lot, no matter which party they are currently pledging their allegiance to!

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