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Strawberry Plants - When Do You Cut Them Back?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 17:09

I did wonder! I'm not so very far from you, just north of Nottingham, pretty soggy here too - tend to forget the greenhouse watering when everything else is soaked.

Please identify this plant

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:41

Isn't it interesting how some people cannot grow plants that most people regard as virtually weeds?  I have never, ever been able to get welsh poppy to settle here - though I did eventually get lily of the valley to get going.  japanese anemones grow, but do not spread, unlike oregano which in its various guises is absolutely everywhere, along with hardy geraniums!

Weekend weather.

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:38

I think I might just wait to celebrate when I see the evidence outside the door - though it is dry and fairoy bright just now ...............

Strawberry Plants - When Do You Cut Them Back?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:36

Watered? Where are you living?

Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:35

Never have we seen so much cleavers, goosegrass, johnny run by the hedge, sticky grass - as many names as there are.  I even found a piece up in the golden hop, about 8 foot high, never had that before.  Ir is certainly a very good year for it.  Also in other countries, my sister in laws garden in the Netherlands is overun with it as well - must like the wet? 

Strawberry Plants and Fruit bushes - weed control

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:32

The weed control membrane is a good idea though, as it will keep the fruits clean - but the slugs crawl across it very easily - there are no really good answers to keeping strawberries completely  untouched that I am aware of, maybe others know more.  Netting and vigourous observation for ripeness and quick removal then seems to work best. 

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:30

You can also chop or mince it and freeze with a litle water in ice cube trays, you might not want oil in all your dishes.  Just throw as many cubes as you want into any dishes needfing garlic - that is, all of them! Well, maybe not jam tarts ..........

Photinia (Red Robin) Trees

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:28

I was interested to read your question as mine are also more sparse than usual, though the leaves that are present are a very good colour.  I'm inclined to blame wet and dry in the wrong seasons, plus dark and cold since April.  i imagine they will recover, mine are abut the same age as yours so, with you, I shall await with interest to see if any experts know of any other reasons why this has happened. 

Grass solutions

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:26

Grass will always regrow once the weather changes - I cannot imagine how much money outdoor lamps and power would cost, but unless you are running a crown bowling green, I would recomment patience as the best medicine. 

rhubarb

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:25

Stop now, many people say you should not pull after June, but most rhubarb was late this year because of the dark wet start to the year.  Stop now, and give the plant the rest of the year to gather strength, mature its roots and dig down for the winter.  It will then shoot up next year for more pies, crumbles, jam etc. yummy!

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