Latest posts by BrummieBen

cala lilys

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:22

They need frost free conditions, so a heated greenhouse or conservatory for the winter months is a must. They also like it damp, and not in full sun. good luck.

Evergreen Flowering climber

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:19

watch the pyracantha when pruning, particularly heavy duty gloves will be required, also, if you dump the trimmings you'll be pleased to know even when dead they actually get more lethal! It hasn't put me off though, I'm going to be growing a hedge of the stuff, the flowers and fruit are something else, well worth a bit of extra caution.

Potateo's 1st early's

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:13

Yeah, I'm the same, although I've made a mental note to put the planters in the greenhouse til it warms up, then we wouldn't be 4-5 weeks behind

growing brassicas

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:12
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

I believe the main reason for firming the soil is to prevent wind-rock damaging the roots (particularly on tall brassicas like brussels and broccoli.)  If growing in naturally soft soil like compost etc, I would suggest that staking them might be a good alternative for those plants where it is possible (again, brussels and broccoli spring to mind - not sure how one would stake a cabbage!)

why it's obvious, like a vampire, straight through the heart, sorry couldn't resist.

Planting a hedge - help!

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:54

With archie on this, a native british hedgerow supports thousands of times more wildlife than a conifer hedge. When you consider the stress of keeping the conifers trimmed, not really different to a proper hedgerow, plus you can enjoy all the extra visitors as well as flowers.

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:50

Personal bug bears would include in no particular order, crocosmia, lucifer is right as I used to scream to hell most times weeding in my old place. I DO like it, but it'll be in a trough if I have it here, under lock and key! Sweet william, forgetmenots and violas. My mum helps out in my garden, and she just can't compost anything!!! I'm trying to grow something on in pots and there's 3 inch deep of this gubbins smothering it!! All of it self seeded and unwanted, but try telling her that! I'm quite fortunate that I usually read up on something before planting if I've been on a mad impulse buy. Table top sales and boot sales are the usual culprits for things that take over.

I know what people mean about aquilegia too, another that self seeds ten a penny in the wrong place, yet in a heated propagator take an age to come up, and then are tiny seedlings! I too have sycamore every year thousands of the sods! I also have a next door neighbour who has a hazel that overhangs, fortunately I've neglected to tell them it makes the nuts on this years growth so as it isn't pruned significantly less hassle last year! Mind, I still have seedlings trying to survive in my lawn, and that's being cut every week and feed and weed and lawn weeder spray !! Goose grass? (sticky bobs) it grows everywhere on my neighbours gravel, the local wildlife and cats ensure I enjoy it too!

Oh and clematis tangutica, lovely climber, I gave a seedling I grew to my parents who planted it at their static caravan against an arch. The site was next to a river that flooded regularly. The outdoor garden bit was gravel, when I went there the next year, to my amazement you couldn't see the gravel for tangutica seedlings, all about a foot high, literally 100 a square foot!

It's funny though that what I struggle to grow is a menace elsewhere, I'll try to keep it in mind. Afterall, if everything grew easy, now where would the fun be in that?

Pruning/Shaping my plum tree?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:03

If you are aiming for a more rounded shape, take top leader down to the bend. Keep taking the top leaders back to the next set of buds until the tree is filled out to the required shape. When taking the top out, be very vigilant for all the new growth on the lower branches, prune out the crossing stems etc. Depending on the weather, you may well find you have a nice shaped tree with lots of space around the internal structure by the end of the season and next year you will be rewarded accordingly. Good luck.

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:26
Verdun wrote (see)

At last a gardener with patience to train his tree properly and be prepared to wait for the fruit to come once the tree is ready to,provide it.

Just makes sense to sort the shape firstly, in the longterm it'll mean better fruit, healthy tree and probably much better harvests year on year.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:25

lovely aquilegia LA, and those lillies are fabulous, mind, I wouldn't like to be trying to spot the lilly beetles on that!

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:17

Yeah I've reduced the leaves by about 70% just down to the new shoots growing, cut everything out that won't be needed for my fan shape. Going to start feeding with general liquid feed to the roots once a week. Just hope I'm not too late, I wasn't hoping for fruit this year as I wanted the tree to fill out and get the basic shape sorted. Oh well, as my dad would say, 'it's got two chances' !

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growing brassicas

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So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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