Latest posts by Bookertoo

Raspberry and Gooseberry Canes

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 16:07

Keep them moist, dry roots do no-one any good, but not soaked.  While it is still so dark and cold they are not going to be happy planted out.  When it is possible, then cover with a nice warm thick layer of mulch to cosset them for their early days.  Enjoy. 

pancake day

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:49

I think every Tuesday should be pancake day - maybe Verdun is right - don't cut down his doughnuts, or I'll feel guilty and have to cut down mine!!

Bug identification!

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:46

The tiny little black or keel slugs are almost certainly the culprits - they really are the ones to try and deal with  -  the favourite foods of the big slugs that we all hate, is little slugs, so we shouldn't worry about them - but we don't like them around so tend to wreak war on them, when it is the tiny underground ones that are munching the roots.  As ever in gardening, nothing is quite what it seems to be!!!


Is it ok to heavily prune Vibernum tinus now?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:42

I chopped down my 10 foot high viburnum ( it had the viburnam beetle all over it),  to ground level all in one go - with the idea of getting the roots out later on.  Of course I didn't and the new stems (so far beetle free, but I don't expect that to last) are about a foot high.  Therefore I suggest you do what you like it will recover!!

I also chopped to ground level a laurel hedge that was at the front of our house when we bought it 19 years ago.  It was not possible to get the roots out due to a wall, pavement and busy road.  Every time I saw new leaves I cut them off- - yes, it is still trying to come back. Quite amazing after all tis time - I'm almost emptied to let it after all it's efforts, but won't because I really, really dislike laurel!  Ditto 'Rose of Sharon' which I also removed but which still comes back, not only where it was 19 years ago, but in several new places as well  -  and believe me, I've not planted any!  Some plants are just determined - usually the ones you don't want of course - the list of those I'd like to behave like that is quite long - sigh, that's gardening for you huh?  Got to love it ……….

Squirrel Sabotage of my Wildflower meadow

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:35

Plants will push up through just about any size netting, the squirrels will get through the most amazingly small sized holes if they want to - and they always do want to . Buy the smallest size you can, it does help.  I also protect my bulb pots with holly and pyracantha hedge cuttings tucked around them and folded over the bulbs - squirrels don't like the prickles any more than we do.  You can take the twigs off when the bulbs shoots reach a decent size - they seem not to bother then. 

After around 20 years of buying just about every so called 'squirrel proof' bird feeders, all of which were solved by the squirrels in a matter of hours, I have bought one that actually works. It is  called 'squirrel buster', it does, to my amazement seem to be keeping them out and the birds in - oh joy.  I have tried it all, whatever you want to mix with the feed - chilli, pepper, soap, garlic - all happily eaten by the rats that squirrels are, but maybe the end of that has come.  We'll see when the Spring brings baby ones and the need gets greater, that will be the true test, but so far, so good.



Vermucellite for pot drainage

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:15

That is indeed a brilliant idea, just got used to the polystyrene I guess.  I do sometimes drop smaller planted pots onto a brick or stone inside a very big pot so that the flowers 'flow' over the sides without half a ton of compost - that works well too.  Lots of ways of using huge pots that don't involve huge muscles - though I do have some that did, and would require a JCB to move them now, but have never any intention of moving those anyway.  

pancake day

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:11

Topbird, call 'em what you like, they are gorgeous!!

Edging a border with snowdrops (and polyanthus firecracker)

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 18:28

Do add scilla biflora - the best shade of blue there is.  Any of the spring smaller bulbs will just pop up year on year.  Maybe some cyclamen as well?  They will gently spread around - though none of them will last for ever - there is no such thing as a garden that is completely done - but if you can get your brother to add a few small shrubs like hebes and things of that ilk, you will be able to have a garden that needs less work than some of them.

Vermucellite for pot drainage

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 12:46

You're welcome, have used it for years so know it works.  Have fun. 

Eggplant Seedlings

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 12:37

Don't worry, we've all nursed a ferocious weed or two in our time - that's called learning, and is great fun, just as all gardening is.  Mind, it was hard to remember this when fighting a bitterly cold wind while trying to gather up heavy terracotta pots for emptying and cleaning the other day - definitely one of those 'remind me why I do this?" times. 

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