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Young Silver birch still dormant?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 22:15

Good Lee, lets hope they will sprout yet - if we get a bit of sunshine, you never know, 

Ground elder

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:42

The very nature of a stron ground cover means that it will be invasive, you can't expect a plant just to stop where you would like it to, when its nature is to spread all over!!  I'd still rather have ground elder than mares tail or docks!!  If it gets into the laawn (not hapened here yet, but I know it has to quite a few folk) it responds well to mowing.  Nothing, not even ground elder, likes having its head cut off on a regular basis. 

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:40

I do agree with that re the fact that tulip bulbs divide, but have never found that even planting them up to 15 inches deep has made any difference here.  I think that maybe the hybrids are just not strong enough to reflower, unlike the species.  After all, those wonderful colours and shapes were all bred by people from the 2 or 3 original species, so maybe not too surprising they are not so long lived?

Ground elder

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:53

If you ever get stiff and sore from digging out ground elder, there is one thing to consider - it was called Bishops Wort because it helped with the pain of gout, which only Bishops got because only they could eat well enough to get it!!   Seriously, you can make a tea with the young leaves, steep a cup full in a larger cupful of boiling water, sweeten with a little Honey and it does help the aches and pains.  It also makes you feel a sense of  'see, you're not winning it all!". It tasted a bit like cabbage water, not totally disgusting, is harmles (unless you are allergic to cabbage and its family), and truly is useful.

One other bit of advice, never, ever let it flower,  also you'll never get rid of it all, taller other plants can and will grow around it, there are worse things to have in the garden, and it does disappear in winter!!

Whats going wrong!?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:47

Indeed, far too cold for such tender things as passion fruit plants.  Ideally you want them in a pot where they can come back into a cool greenhouse or at least a sheltered position come autumn - they are very tender, even the hardier types. I don't know why passion fruits would need citrus fertiliser, I have always used seaweed based fertilizer and it worked, well, but others may know more about that. 

Clillies

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:44

I agree, slugs are the most obvious and probable culprit here - the weather had been damp encouring their numbers and you've got young seedling - sometimes 2+2 really does = 4!!

Try the iron based safer slug pellets if you can, copper collars on pots work well - if you are able to handle them then beer traps etc. work well.

Compost heap

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:40

There will soon be shrubby prunings when the flowering shrubs are done, I keep many dry leaves and instead of using them to make leaf mold I add them to the compost heap around now.  Shredded paper is good, torn up and crushed carboard good with your lawn cuttings, and weeds whch are not dreadful things like dock or ground elder.  Egg shells, crushed, are good, all yur vegetable peelings etc. of course, the garden will rovide plenty in due course, just keep lightening the load for now, with the card and shreded newpaper. 

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:35

It really is hardy worht growing hybrid tulips to come back year on year as most of them don't.  I do have a few that have retuned for several years, but mostly I regard them, especially ones grown in pots, as annuals.  They are relatively inexpensive nowadays.  The old Queen  of the Night has come back a pretty lightish purple for several years, many shades lighter than originally, but still good.  There are a few bright red ones here and there that come back, but most do not.  The little specie tulips do come back, at least for a few years. 

Young Silver birch still dormant?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:31

I must say I would be worried about them by now.  My millenium silver birch, thus 13 yers old, was very late coming into leaf after the long winter, but the leaves are now fluttering about happily.  All the titmouse family seem very fond of this tree, eating the early buds, and presumaby the many insects and grubs that live around it.  

Gently scrape a bit off the bark from the dormant trees with your finger nail and see if the wood is green and heathy underneath, if it is I suppose it might yet respond, but if brown I'm afraid it is almost certainly deceased. 

slugs

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 15:38

I'd absolutly love to hav ducks, but our bylaws don't permit, not even chickens!!  In fact I guess I might not have a great deal of garden left if we did have them, but theya re so lovely!!

 I cannot bring myself to cut slugs in half, I know people do, but nothing would perssuade me they didn't suffer dreadfully - I don't like them but couldn't do that, nor as Winterson says, could I pick them up - have done ot once or twice by accident - oh yuck!!

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