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Gardeners told 'wash off compost'

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 19:00

.... indeed it was, and probably always will be as long as there are new gardeners coming along.  Bit like the 'can you eat the tomatoes you get on the potato plants' question, but still, better to ask about it than get sick I think. 

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:40

The idea of dropping them in a jar and killing them en masse is a good one - how do you stop the ones already in there getting away`? They do fly quite well, being beetles.  Not sure I could leave them to cook in a hot jar, but a quick drown should do it too. Still carrying the tea strainer ...............

shade loving ground cover

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:36

I don't know - I have never eaten it, but do make a tea with the green one, good for post gardening aches and pains.  It was called Bishops Wort - they were the only people who were wealthy enough to get gout from rich eating it was thought. 

Ladys Mantel

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:34

Now that is more like it, if you have to pay for it - good for you.

shade loving ground cover

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 16:13

So glad not everyone collapses when I mention ground elder - it really is a good ground cover int he right place - mine lives with pachysandrum and bluebells, plus other oddments that come up there.  I have little bulbs that have been and gone by the time it does its thing, some pale running ranunculus (celandine to all intents and purposes)  and blue scillas. Like the idea of the geranium macrorhizum in there, may transplant a bit of that there in due course. 

Ladys Mantel

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 16:03

10 quid for 4 alchemellia, someone is having a laugh!!   Any gardener near you who has this in their garden would be happy to give you dozens of them gratis - look around nearby and ask - gardeners love sharing on the whole.

Spring onion looking garlic

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:59

Each garlic needing its own pot very much depends upon the size of the pots you are using!  We always plant 3 cloves per tomato pot, and get very good crops.  Whether they get a frost or not depends upon the tyfpe of garlic and so when it is likely to ripen.  The leaves are good in stir fry.  Even if it does not split into cloves, the bulb is perfectly useable as garlic, when we did this one year it was exceptionally strong - may have been just the type of garlic, but be aware.

It is a good pot plant, and usually gives a good full flavoured crop. 

shade loving ground cover

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:54

Geranium phaeum is good, but it spreads ike a rampaging forest fire throughout the rest of the garden - be warned!  I now cut it down at the first sign of seed heads, and even so it pops up everywhere, and is too tall  and big to allow it its head as I can do with other plants.

Also for dry shade, pachysandra is very good, nicely shaped leaves and white spikey flowers.

This next bit is for gardeners with a very strong constitution.  We have a very large and well loved red sycamore half way down our garden - under which little will grow. Please sit down now if you are likely to faint ....... I have planted variegated ground elder there, it lightens up the area and looks wonderful.  As it has to really struggle for life it does not spread, it had s been there for about 10 years now, and remains more or less in place.  It is never, ever allowed to flower, it does occasionally try to hijack a lift out in a nearby pot, but so far I have spotted it and stopped the escape.    This is not something I would suggest except for the darkest, dryest & most inhospitable of places, but in these it really does do a great job.   I do have its weedy first cousin in another part of the garden, that is not welcome and seems to be trying for world domination - but we all know about that one. 

Hanging basket trial

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:43

Grew this last year, its lovely - it has grown again this year but is paler and rather straggly in comparison - mind, I just let it die down & kept it in the cool greenhouse.  Maybe I should cut it to the base this year.  

Hanging basket trial

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:43

Grew this last year, its lovely - it has grown again this year but is paler and rather straggly in comparison - mind, I just let it die down & kept it in the cool greenhouse.  Maybe I should cut it to tje base this year.  

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