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Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:34

I love the idea of a garden centre selling a garden!! However, it is true that on the whole the people who stock them only want a profit, and most of the people who work there don't know a dahlia from mint -  nurseries are very often the best places to get things,.  Specialist nurseries for specific plants are often wonderful, with people commited to the particuar group of plants, or even sigle type of plant  that they grow.  If they are not in yur area, many give advice on line, and supply their stock on line too.  Have had no troube with any specialist nursery used in this way - not quite the same for the big 'we sell everything' sites, but some of thise are better than others, some are fairly well informed too. 

My First year

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:28

Straws and rasps need no care in the winter, just prune acording to their type.  Pot up any strawberry runners you might want for new plants in the spring, maybe cover against birds which are looking for insects etc. sheltering among the leaves - they an pull the whole plant up.  Your cooking apple has probably been summer/autumn pruned so should be fine - maybe add a grease band around the trunk to stop some beasties climbng the tree and getting in the buds to spoil next years lovely apples.  


Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:24

That sounds brilliant Alan, just the ticket.  I use ceramic and terrracotta pots, some cheap from a local hardware shop that shall remain nameless, though it says you can do it, and some quite expensive ones bought in sales at various garden centres.  I find plastic ones dry out in warm weather and stay soggy in wet weather.  However, I do use them for some things, such as garlic, and some ivy which is growing up a chain link fence - there is no soil there, they are beside the fence and are fine.  Some of the pretty looking pots i have bought have frozen and the outer paintwork has come off in the ice, and then the inside porous pot soaks up water and breaks at the next frost.  Some of my very cheap machine made teracotta have lasted for yeats.  i have a few very, very large and expensive ones which are dong well - they freeze regularly, including in that terribly cold winter we had the year before last - I guess it is as much down to luck as anything else.  If there  is a small crack in it the water freezes in it then that is that ........ great fun this pot growing huh?

Unidentified autumn flowering deciduous tree

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:17

Easy enough to buy come spring. I'd be inclined to wait now till then, as ground is getting cold for new planting - though much depends upon where you live and how sheltered your garden is.   I have had one of these in a large pot for about 6 years, probably more as time gets away from me!, it is lovely just now, bright red leaves, begnning to fall now, and very clear 'spindles' on the branches.  It lives ina pot because the border where it is is full of very old hard tree roots and cannot be dug into, it seems quite happy there. 

Hard pruning pyrancatha hedge

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:11

If you are also plantng bulbs this year, while wearing very strong heavy gloves, put some of the cuttings around the bulbs - it keeps the squirrels off the bulbs.


Pyracantha really does not mind when you cut it, I tend to do it around now - plus the odd bit that I feel is getting away whenever I feel like it.  This year there are very many berries, so the birds will be happy.  Much of the pruning is of new shoots which have sprouted out of the hedge, so you don't lose as many berries as you might think.  I prefer not to do it in the spring as a) there are far too many other things want doing and b) several birds build their nests in that hedge, so best left well alone.   Put on as much armour plating as you can, it really is such a ferocious thing - bit so beautiful in full flower or berry - and so many insects and birds love it. 

Autumn Colour

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 12:09

Who told you thst isn't spectacular? They fibbed!!

tree lillies

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 18:10

Well, that is interesting - I was joking, had no idea - but I suspect that is a good idea on their part. 

tree lillies

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:55

Yes it will work, but indeed you will have quite a long wait - you will get grassy type leaves next year, these growing bigger until the plant is mature enough to flower - by which time it will have grown a 'bulb' big enough for it to use.  I have popped seeds in the ground (of ordinary lilies not the tree types) and been pleasantly surprised a few years later when a new lily comes into flower.  I just put them in by the fence and forgot about them, it seemed to work then!  To do it properly with slowly enlarging pots will take years - but oh, how satisfying.  It is of course what the breeders of new lilies must do - maybe you could grow a new hybrid and make a fortune - or maybe not!


Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:47

I keep mine in the cool greenhouse overwinter.  Don't forget that you can make lots of new plants with the big leaves, each leaf cut across into slices, and planted in gritty compost (the right way up, I lost alot doing them the wrong way!), will give you new plants to either keep or give away, all for free. 

housework using plants

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:44

It's so lovely to see you using the spelling of Rosemarie for the beautifully scented herb, usually spelled Rosemary - I like it as it is my name and the way I spell it.  I agree with you regarding cleaning agents, the use of herbs not only smells good, but many of them are as you say, disinfectant and antimicrobial.  Rosemarie is one as is mint, especially the deeper green ones such as black perppermint.  Of course pine needles are good too, which is why so many 'disinfectants' are artificially perfumed with it.  A long soak of the needles, strain the fluid and use for floors, surfaces etc., and bathrooms benefit from it too.  If people do not wish to use fresh herbs, or do not have access to them,  maybe at least use decently sourced, earth friendly cleaning items  without all the articial stuff in them - saving  some of  what is left of the planet. 

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