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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 21:09

Here's a great pdf for selecting crab apples Patsy:


carrots and parsnips

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 20:34

Personally, I leave veg plots which have had manure added for a year before growing those two (part of my crop rotation plan) as they will fork if grown in it this season.  Brassicas or potatoes will love it though. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 19:43

Non-stop drizzling rain all day here so potted-on some year old dierama I grew from seed - 10 Slieve Donard and 10 hybrids.  Also repotted a couple of lovely heucheras which came as plugs last autumn.  Sowed 6 melons and 4 more squash on the heated bench I made about 18 months ago.


Posted: 03/04/2015 at 13:11

Vine weevil adults are emerging at the moment, but they usually nibble the edges of leaves.  How big are these holes?

Another possibility is delphinium moth caterpillars:


Pest ID please

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 13:05

They look like leatherjackets (cranefly larvae) to me:


fungus gnats on houseplants!

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 12:45

Yes, cover the soil in all of your pots with about an inch of horicultural grit and only water from the bottom.  The adults will have nowhere to lay their eggs but it will take a few weeks for the cycle to be broken.


Posted: 03/04/2015 at 11:13

Looking at it as a opportunity to plant something new helps a bit when I lose something like that.

cast iron

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 11:11

If it's painted, then you need to remove that, assuming you want to make it look totally rusted.  Nitromors will do that with a large dose of elbow grease, but it will take a while afterwards for rust to take hold.  You can speed up the rusting process by painting it with s salt solution.  Less hard work would be to have it sand or bead blasted (contact a few automotive restorers for that type work) but it will cost a bit.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 20:05

Potted-on 96 tomato plants today - 17 of the 20 varieties (old seeds from up to 10 years ago I found during a clearout) had germinated on the heated bench and were shooting up - methinks I've overdone it yet again!   Then guess what arrived?  Yep, 10 tomato plants I'd ordered as a backup, just in case.. 


Tulips or Crocus

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 19:34

I bought some mixed crocus baza and just chucked 'em in without really looking.  Iris reticulata is what came up this spring!  Suppliers do make mistakes.

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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