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Heated Propagators

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 16:39

Indeed, when I started out (not recently!), I cooked lots of seedlings, not realising that is what I was doing, in a non thermostatic propagator.  Rarely use mine with heat now, just as a sowing tray.

ceanothus

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 16:37

If you do it now you will lose all, those pretty blue flowers for this year - most flowering shrubs can be pruned immediately after flowering, so if you like, you can do it then.  I think they are all lovely - enjoy this years flowers and then prune.   They take quite hard pruning well, so you can make it narrow at the back of your border, leaving you more growing room.  Ceanothus are pretty tough, but the branches are brittle so be careful you don't snap more off it than you want to cut off.

Enjoy -  it will soon be gorgeous again.

Best buy books!

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:32

Wow, that's a real bargain.  Not much going to get that much out of date,plants remain plants and their care varies little - some plants move families as the botanists decide needful, but they're still mostly findable in the RHS book.   Enjoy, I love mine - both the very old one and the newer ones I got a couple of years ago. 

Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 15:08

Newbie mistakes are all the ones we have all made over the years, now we just make older mistakes!!  No one does everything right, and my idea of right may not be any one  elses idea of right anyway.  Do what you feel/think is OK, look in some good library books, enjoy whatever you do - and change it all next season when you decide it wasn't a good idea.  That is, basically, what gardening is much about. Have fun, enjoy - learn what you want as you do it and find it works for you. 

Best buy books!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:37

Maybe a good idea is to go to your public library and look at their books.  Once you have found something that appeals to you in its style and content, then it is worth buying your own - or asking for it as a gift come birthdays or whatever.  Many gardening books are very expensive, and some just not suitable for everyone - as yet, libraries are free - and if we don't use them they will disappear.  

Broad Beans - Aerial Protection

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:34

Lucky you, they take any d*****m thing that might be green here!  I net everything that grows if I want to eat it, if the pigeons don't get them the squirrels will.  Use some stakes, bamboo, plastic, what have you, and net over these, making a cage - you want to discourage the pigeons not give them a nice place to sit.

If it is still likely to be frosty you can cover with horticultural fleece, but really broad beans don't need this as they are very tough plants indeed. 

Is this clematis wilt?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:31

It is usually the big summer flowering clematis that get the dreaded 'wilt'.  When they do, suddenly the whole plant loses tension and literally wilts.  Often you can cut it back below ground level and it comes again.

Smaller types of clematis, taxensis, vitcella, alpinas and so on, do not appear to get it. 

Dahlia bulbs and tubers

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:28

You can buy those iris reticulata that are sprouted, if they are selling them cheaply.  Plant them now in a tub or somewhere that gets light, tucked away behind the shed or somewhere and wait till next Spring, when you will have an amazing show and at a reduced cost - what's not to like? 

Arconites

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:21

This is the first year any aconites have come up - not many but by my standards a miracle.

Lily of the valley has managed to transfer to the lower beds in the garden, where I have never planted it - guess it is the birds as with snow drops.   All fine by me. 

Container grown Acer

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:18

LT2, hi - re feeding acers.  I don't give them anything extra special, they get the same dose of organic pelleted chicken manure that the rest of the garden gets in April.  Other than that, certain things get some seaweed mixture if I think they look a bit in need, and I do use specialist clematis feed on those if I remember!    So acers get the pellets and nothing else, they have a thick layer of gravel on the top of the compost which a) keeps some of the weeds out, b) prevents too swift drying out if we get heat (??!!), and IMHO looks nice.    That's it - oh, I do stroke them as I pass and tell them how wonderful they look - up to you if you do that - mine now expect it of course.

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