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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.


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:41

Hi Verdun, the 90 minute wait while you were hungry must have been awful - time seems to drag when you're waiting like that doesn't it?! 

Yes, many of the plants are for the front garden including some Stokesia for a dry bit and Chaenomeles for a bit I want to keep cats off of.  Also 3 types of Pulmonaria for a damp shady bit in the back garden.  I'm going to overwinter most of them in the cold GH, so no photies until spring unfortunately!


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 14:20

They will flower just fine like that Sara as everything needed is stored in the bulb (apart from water, light and air of course!)  However, once it has flowered it needs to be potted into compost and fed until the leaves die back to build-up the bulb again, if you want to keep it (some folk throw them away after this type of one-off use.)  If you don't let the bulb build up energy again it won't flower anymore and will eventually die if just left in sand.


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 14:08

Afternoon all. Day off today and it's a good job as 15 plants arrived yesterday!  First job this morning was planting a Prunus kiku-shidare-zakura (weeping cherry) in the front garden.  Always wanted one of those so hope it survives.  Spent the rest of the morning re-potting the other arrivals into slightly larger pots for overwintering.  Some of them could go in now but I prefer to give them a bit of tlc first and plant out in Spring.  Had just enough ericaceous compost left for the four dwarf azaleas!  Now waiting to get the feeling back in my fingers so I can cut back all the hellebores.

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