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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 19:27

Used another day's holiday up today and top dressed all of the blueberries with a mix of ericaceous compost and well rotted FYM.  Two of them had been growing in one very large pot so decided to remove one and give it a new home by itself - hoping it doesn't get lonely and sulk!   Discovered the Lingonberry which is growing in another large pot amongst the blueberry pots had rooted (layered) itself into several of the blueberries, so snipped those off and potted them up and now have 5 Lingonberries instead of one.   

A friend lost all of his tomato plants when he forgot to water them or open any windows in his greenhouse for a few days so invited him round and he left with 12 plants of 8 different varieties;  I grew so many this year that I can't even tell there are a dozen less waiting to go into the GH & polytunnel - will probably give away another few dozen before long and will still have too many!


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 14:00

Just like trowels then Dove!   Now, where did I last use it?...

How much stone to remove.

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:58

Small stones also help the soil to warm up faster (in scientific terms, they have a lower specific heat capacity than wet soil) as well as aiding drainage.  The only place you don't really want them is where you are growing carrots or parsnips as the roots will fork when they hit a stone on their way down.

bulb planting advice

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:48

Yes, bring them inside Beaus Mum and give them some tlc.  They originate from Mexico, so are rather "hot-blooded"!   The warmest spot with the most direct sunshine you can manage to find will give them the best chance of performing.  I honestly consider them more of an indoor bulb for your sunniest windowsill.

best front of border plant?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:35

Also don't forget to put in a bit of aubretia - lots of varieties around these days too.  Like Verdun mentions, I use a lot of heucheras now.

Weeds ?

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 21:48

Those look suspiciously like bindweed seedlings, but could be one of the cultivated forms of convolvulous - did you grow any last year?

growing berries in a raised bed

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 09:32

The main issue with raspberries is that they send runners in random directions so can pop-up anywhere within the bed.  However, you can just pull them up if they appear in (say) the middle of your gooseberry bush.  If you could put some kind of vertical barrier (eg weed control membrane) within the soil of the raised bed, you could perhaps section-off some of the bed and restrict the raspberries to that area.  A gooseberry bush will grow to about 1m x 1m and strawberries need about 30cm x 30cm each but you can often get away with a bit less in a raised bed.  Blackberries mainly need vertical growing space and most varieties need some support such as trellis to tie them in to.

It's my birthday

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 09:18

Happy birthday Mrs Punkdoc!

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:31

Hi SSP, Good advice from Verdun.

I grow a variety called 'Avalon Pride' which is very resistent to curl.  Some leaves still get affected, but very few - maybe a couple of dozen total.  It has just come into leaf and no sign of PLC at all yet:

It produces full-size lovely juicy peaches.

bulb planting advice

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:12

Hi rosemummy, I didn't soak them and used John Innes #2 compost.  I planted them at twice the depth as the height of the bulb (so imagine having two bulbs stacked on top of the bulb you are planting.)  That is how I plant all bulbs except tulips which I put much deeper.

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