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Daniel Haynes, help

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:36

Daniel, thanks for your post - it's a problem only when we don't know quite how to deal with it.  There are always one or two voices who speak out of turn - there are lots of very serious forums (fora??) on the web - maybe they would enjoy those more.  Love the chat here, and that so many of the posters came from the old BBC site which closed, and were accepted and joined in with the people already here.  We all need information and help, and sometimes it is nice to be able to offer some as well  --  or even just to moan about squirrels and pigeons. 

Is there anything I can't compost?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:30

Not essential maybe, but if you use it for seed sowing or for other little things, big bits make life difficult for the baby roots - plus, it just doesn't look pretty - which is not a consideration for some folk, and is for others.  I sling the big bits back in the bin as well - when we started it took so long for the bins to be productive I thought someone in China must have my compost - but now it produces well.  Cannot turn and mix unfortuanately, but it does get there in the end anyway. 

GROWING BULBS IN POTS FOR PLANTING OUT IN SPRING

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:23

If you don't happen to have chicken wire to cover your pots of bulbs against squirrels etc, the prunings from berberis, pyracantha, holly etc. or anything esle prickly,  tucked across and around the pots does well too. Once the bulbs are through in the spring the twigs can be taken off and composted in the usual way.  Find this works pretty well. 

Climbing Ivy

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 20:15

... or even mile or two - might teach me to check before posting - or not!

New home - Blank plot

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 15:15

Leave it well alone for a while, to find out where the sun shines, where the water lies, where the shade is.  Test the soil for its acidity levels, put in a few bulbs to cheer you in the Spring.  Sit down with books, paper, neighbours, library books, the internet and decide over the winter what you really, really want.  Get any hard landscaping you want done in the winter, keep the bulbs weeded and look forward to them. If the area has been gardened before it is even more important to wait a season or two to see what treasures, if any, there are - you don't want to grub out the one plant you have wanted for years and never knew was there.  Addd a few tulip bulbs to the patch you've already done.  You don't have to do it all at once, much more fun and pleasure to be got by doing things slowly by slowly, hopefully you have a long time there to get it as you want it - in time.  Meantime, enjoy the planning, look at gardens in the area and see what they have doing well - still possible at this time of year.  Don't panic, it will still be there next Spring.  Do not rotovate, it spreads weeds over a huge area - lost an allotment like that!!

Fork Handles

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 15:06

Yes, it is £16 pounds to get in now, I assume that's what you eant by 1/6d?

Climbing Ivy

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 15:03

If you grow a cutting from the tips where it is flowering, the resultant plant will not climb - can be useful if you want some leaves but not the whole wall/fence covered for the next milr or tow!

Can I reuse, or should I discard?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:51

However, as you have blight every year, it might be a good idea to start again with clean everything, just in case it is harboured around soomething?  It is a virus, and indeed does die off in the cold, but maybe it is worth investing in new pots, compost & sticks - what harm can it do, and it might just result in a gorgeous crop of tomatoes - who knows? 

Cosmos & Verbara

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:49

Chocolate cosmos will overwinter in a pot in a cool grenhouse, but not in the ground or out of doors.  Mine is now 3 years old, and lives in the greenhouse all year - just because I get even stronger chocolate perfume from it in there!!

What will happen to my Cotinus?!

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:47

It will survive well, mine gets cut back this month. If very hard you may not get 'smoke' next year, the year I did that I loved it as the colour of the leaves was stunning.  This year it did have smoko, and is now ready for the chop.  There is a good RHS book on pruning,  you might get it from your public library? Takes all the mystique out of it tetty well.

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