Bookertoo


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Vermucellite for pot drainage

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 12:23

Vermiculite is excellent for lightening and improving drainage of compost in pots, but would get washed out if used as you would like.  Try asking people, including shopkeepers,  to keep some expanded polystyrene for you, the white stuff TV's, fridges etc, come wrapped in.  It is easily  broken it up into lumps and use that in your pot bases.  It is totally inert, keeps things warm in winter and helps drainage when it pours.   Also makes the pots lighter, which is always a good thing. 

Primrose help

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 12:20

Just nip off the flower stems, if the sunshine comes they will flower again.  If you get seeds, sow them fresh in a tray and put somewhere safe and forget about it for a year or two, making sure it does not dry out but otherwise ignoring it.  You should get seedlings in time.  When flowering is finished, just let them be, maybe removing large dead leaves, letting them die back underground in their own time.  Mark the site or you might accidentally dig them up in summer while they are resting. 

They are the prettiest and most gentle of our Spring flowers, so sadly to many left in the wild, but we can keep them going in gardens.  Don't mix them up with hybrid primroses, they get coarse and brighter colours - fine if you like them but not primroses.

You can buy lovely strong plants from specialist surgeries. 

Squirrel Sabotage of my Wildflower meadow

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 18:47

I have, over many years, spent a great deal of money on 'squirrel proof' bird feeders and not one has ever  worked, until this year!!  Go to the web site for 'Squirrel Buster' feeders - ours has been up for several months and the darned things have not got into it - Hooray!!  I'm about to order a second one, and sing their praises!

 

Squirrel Sabotage of my Wildflower meadow

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 18:45

Holly twigs, pyracantha cuttings and so forth - without these I would have no bulbs at all in the garden or in pots, the b***** squirrels would have them all.  They don't like prickles in their paddy paws any more than we do, it really does help.

 

Is it too late for this poor sad coprosmia??

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 18:43

It's never too late until rot sets in - and even then ……   Have bought many a reject from the garden centre as being virtually dead, and had some wonderful plants for next to nothing as a result.  Yes indeed, you don't win them all, but it's a joy when you do!  Good luck with this one. 

Help! How do I clean out my pond?

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 19:54

The stink is rotting leaves probably - could you net it next autumn to keep most of them out?  Depends where and how large the pond is of course. 

Peruvian scented daffodils

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 19:53

The are gorgeous if you succeed - the perfume is just heavenly. 

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 19:52

Very much agree Verdun, they climb the brick walls, happily go over the sand heaps. nothing physical of that nature has ever worked here.  Only nematodes, and that was just so much work for a short term of protection, and the copper as long as they don't climb the walls and drop into the pots, baskets etc., which of course they do.   Lots of birds and frogs here, but also LOTS of slugs and snails too. 

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 16:37

I have found the soil and animal safe ones just as effective as the others, tho' like them, you need use only a few and as rarely as possible.  I have been given a pack of some material that swells and deters them according to the pack - I shall try that - with some doubtfulness - when the time comes. After this warm winter, we will surely be overwhelmed without due care and attention - or with it in fact. 

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 12:07

Copper tape around the tops of pots containing hostas works well - I nearly gave up my hosta collection as they were net curtains a few weeks after shooting - now they stay good very much longer.  The thick blue ones are left alone till all the softer ones are eaten, then they will have a go at those as well.  There is, as yet, not a truly slug proof hosta, just some they like less.  We never grow hostas in the ground - just a death sentence here, so all our collection is in pots.  Overall, they do well. 

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watch out, watch out ……..

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out of season plants

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