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Latest posts by Bookertoo

are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 14:59

Still plenty of winter to come yet - much depends where you live - nothing will go outside here for a couple of months yet. 

Rock salt weed control?

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:13

Unless you don't want anything to grow there again ever - remember salted ground after armies passed through?  Well, not personally remember of course, but salt very unwise for gardens.

A good sharpened hoe works well - and keeps you warm. 

Holes in my laurel leaves

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:12

Have you had any hail falling over the last couple of weeks? This can happen then.  Otherwise, someone has had dinner, likely as some of the holes are at the edges.  Look carefully all up the stem and other leaves & see who is around - they're having good flavoured food whomsoever they are!

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 09:10

Besides, it keep site poor postal workers in business as they carry them up our hill, and the waste collectors as they carry them down again!! So much for trying to save what is left of the planet!  However, it is the same with most magazines these days, especially in Spring!

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:42

dear T-N, yes, do look at the Parkers booklet but please don't order anything from them!  They tell fibs by photographing things together that cannot grow together and flower months apart.  Their plants are often small and sick, and iris rhizomes arrived mouldy and slimy.  The varieties have not always been correct either - I would admire the silly pictures and then dump it!  Learned several years ago that this one gets binned!


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:00

Dave, it isn't an ebay site which is why you couldn't find it there. Just 'search' with whatever you use, for clematis man and he will come up.

Vanilla is an Orchid!!

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:58

You are right T-N and nc, this is a good gardening site - there are others where you can rant about other issues!

Vanilla is an Orchid!!

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 15:09

How lovely that you all respond so positively to my fair trade remarks.  I run fair trade stall in various places around the town I live in, we need to value what we have rather than destroy it - I guess that's why we are gardeners huh?  Thank you. 

use of compost/peat

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:09

There are now some good peat free composts around, I've been peat free for several years now - a shaky start but now it seems to be OK.  I use old compost in the bottom of pots, as a mulch anywhere, and in the bottom of baskets, with new good stuff on top - works for me.

Personally I don't like grow bags, the root space is too shallow, since I started using deep pots for tomatoes etc. in the greenhouse, it goes better.

The green algae on the compost is harmless, but does indicate wetness.

Feeding daily is too much, better to use a good quality feed weekly, or a pelleted one now and again.  Over fed plants just get long, pale and weak, as it is said  'treat 'em mean and grow 'em hard'  for good results. Let the plants do the work, you are just the carer!

Some of last years lilies

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:03

We grow large numbers of lilies, mostly in pots, but a few in the ground.  I also go around - with a tea strainer - once the lily beetles appear, and do a dance of joy as I kill them on the paths.  Twice a day watchfulness, plus the odd one spotted out of the kitchen window keeps the infestation to the almost manageable status.  Some lilies are more attacked than others, one or two small yellow ground grown ones are just used as sacrificial plants, upon which I can catch and kill larger numbers of the red devils, thus hopefully protecting the others.  Also grow fritillaries which they are supposed to like, but so far, thank goodness, have not found the beetles on those - enough lilies to keep them busy I suppose. 

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