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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 19:16

Had two tonne bags of chipped blue slate delivered this morning so have been busy spreading it on the drive and raised-bed surrounds of my re-vamped front garden - before and after pics tomorrow, when it's done.

In between the bouts of heavy labour I potted on two dozen wallflower cuttings which were taken a few weeks ago, did some cosmos and dahlia dead-heading and cut back a few dead annuals (only those without seeds - anything bird-friendly I usually leave until Spring.)  Managed to grab a few cupfuls of hazlenuts before the squirrels got them, too - they must be eating other stuff or have forgotten about my tree - I usually get left about 3!  It's already covered in tiny catkins and should look amazing in late Winter.  All in all a very enjoyable day.  Plus the forum back working!  

exploding pumpkin

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:30

For most things, any cool, dry frost-free place out of direct sunlight is usually best.

First Allotment winter

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:29

Connie, remove all the perennial weeds - dandelions, field buttercup etc and hoe the rest down before they seed (if they haven't already.)  If you aren't sure which weeds you have, post a few photos and we'll ID them for you.

exploding pumpkin

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:24

It could have been slightly damaged (eg tiny insect hole) and infected by a yeast spore - the warm windowsill would effectively make it start fermenting inside and when the pressure got too great - bang!  Same as a bottle of wine will if fermentation hadn't stopped and it was bottled too early (that happened to me - elderberry wine stains still visible in the garage after 20 years!)

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 13:24

I must remember to grow some asters next year after seeing those happymarion!  I have plenty of Michaelmas daisies coming out now but I do love the larger flowered ones.  I grew Purple Tower (if I remember the name correctly - can't seem to find seeds now, only Pink Tower) from seed a few years back and they were stunning - strong healthy plants with large, double, violet flowers.



Posted: 28/09/2013 at 11:09

If the garden centre is out of squirrels, jays and pigs, a garden vac might be worth a try.   Most of them can be also be switched to blow mode so you get a leaf-blower for free. 

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 11:02

Thirded!  I find Honeoye are one of the varieties which you need to keep an eye on as far as nipping-out runners is concerned as they seem to keep producing them for most of the year.  Just had a look at my strawberry raised beds and it looks like I need to get some vine weevil predators watered in fast while the weather holds - quite a few leaves showing typical damage from adults - notches eaten out of leaf edges..

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:54

Tubers are basically swollen roots which act as a food store, so the unswollen ends of the roots look just like normal plant roots.  I grow all my dahlias from seed each year and they all produce tubers, but late-sown ones may not have time to produce large enough tubers to survive the Winter by the time the frosts come.  Regular dead-heading will encourage tuber formation as if seeds are allowed to form the plant may decide to put all of its energy into those instead - plants do whatever is most efficient in order to reproduce or survive.

Identify a plant

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:45

Hi Shelley, it's Lords & Ladies aka Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) a British wild plant.  The poisonous berries contain seeds which make this plant spread rather invasively, so I always remove the stems as soon as the berries look like they'll start falling, but do leave them as long as possible to admire their beauty. 

kiwi fruit

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 18:36

The RHS say pruning is important to help them produce fruit.  Their very detailed advice is here:

I have to hack mine back hard and often (and with no ill effects) as they are rampant!  They are a tough plant.

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