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Pot size advice please

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:51

Are they on a dwarfing rootstock?  That makes a big difference as to what sized pot you use.  On the whole agree with tree hugger, the biggest you possibly can.  However, if they are the small upright single stemmed ones they will not need as big a pot and in fact may then be over potted. Might be better to use a slightly smaller one for now, let them fill the pot with roots over the next year or so and then pot on to a large one.  Do see if you can find out which rootstock they are on.   

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:48

Found a cheese slicer in our compost bin a few years ago - had been there two years, handle (wood) well pitted but still works better than any other!

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:24

Ah David, do let on, dying of curiosity here, and what I am imagining isn't humanly possible - surely?

I lose trowels all spring and summer, gather them up when autumn and winter comes, especially when planting bulbs.  Cutting back shrubs sometimes reveals things - like the large roll of soft tie I misplaced months ago.

Weed ?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 12:23

I do so agree, I loved telling people that that particular plant was called Superbum! On a less silly note, yes the one shown is a weed, get rid asap.  

Fuchsia Rust

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 12:21

Well, all the years I have grown hardy and basket fuchsias I never knew they got rust!  I guess I am very lucky, but will be far more observant about their welfare now. Is it worse in hardy or  basket ones?  I am about to pot up my basket ones for a winter in the cool greenhouse, and although I have never stripped them from leaves, I can see the reasoning - may try that with some of them.

Glass V Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 12:16

Although I dearly love my wood and glass greenhouse, the glass in clearer and lets in more light than a polycarbonate one, and the wood is warmer than metal, I would not have one on an allotment.  Sadly there are too many twerps who would break the glass just for 'fun', and that leaves the possibility of injury to an innocent passer-by.   The point about larger animals is a good one, though would not apply to all.  Keep the glass greenhouse for the garden, if it is reasonably secure from trespass, and the polycarbonate for areas that may be public - sad, but true. 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 23:19

Have any of the grumblers about early Christmas stockists ever thought about it from some other peoples points of view?  If you want to send cards or gifts long distance overseas by surface mail you've almost missed the boat - it needs to go out NOW!! Also, for many people there are only 2 more pay days between now and the holiday - buying a little each week may help those on a tight budget.  Some firms will pay people their January wages before Christmas - just think what that does to new year and January? Not everyone can afford time or money to wait till December.   Yes, there are times it drives some people mad, but for some the possibility of getting things sent at all is the difference between being able to send to say Australia by surface mail, and not being able to afford air mail - maybe think a little before sounding off?

Plant ID please

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 10:25

That depends very much on what protection you are going to use.  The leaves and stems will die down entirely, leaving only the tuber in the pot, so wrapping it up at that point is fine.  Please do not use bubble wrap or anything like it, it gets wet on the inside and then if it freezes will make the compost even colder - and/or damage the pot.  Newspaper tied around and topped with sacking is good, or horticultural fleece if you can get some - any old curtains or cloths are fine, with the newspapers to absorb the wet.  Bracken or fern leaves are excellent as packing, but not everyone has access to those.  Even dry leaves tucked inside sacking or whatever will add a way of reducing moisture and keep the pot that degree or two above freezing that is all that is needed.  If you can put the pot next to the house, or in a hedge (where mine go) or next to a greenhouse, or anywhere where a tiny bit of heat and protection will be offered that is even better.  On the whole dahlias are pretty tough, but this is still a young one so will want a bit of help - so much depends on what kind of winter we get. 

Another plant id required, thank you please...

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 16:57

I was given a spade full of those (literally) from someone whose flower bed had become overrun with them.  Added a few dark red ones, the whole patch is a joy each early autumn - now blooming away.  No idea what kind they are, there are shades of pink, white and a few red that I added - in a fairy well drained area but still quite happy after several years. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 16:54

… used to leave them in the ground until the very hard winter a few years ago, lost the lot.  Now grow in large pots which get tucked under the hedge with some protection.  Smaller pots get put in the cold frame.  If its only young then give it a chance and protect it - we have no idea what kind of winter is coming after all. 

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