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Lifting Dahlias

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 20:10

Wow, I admire your commitment Hostafan.  As much as I love gardening, I'm always aiming for easy maintenance, hence my comments above.  I have a feeling that I may have a different attitude after I get through my first hard winter though. It was easy last year with no Mr Frost visiting.  All a very nice learning curve though

Wild Garlic

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 15:21

I feel your pain Tracey.  So annoying when you have to do something all over again when you thought you had it sorted.  Yep, keep digging ... you're not on your own

University Project

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 02:36


Lifting Dahlias

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 02:28

Tomsk, my dinner plate dahlias have had mildew too.  I think it was because I put too many in the pot and also they were against a wall so maybe not enough air circulating.

Gardening Survey for Project

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 02:25

Done.   I found the lifestyle question confusing and I thought for the question re buying new pots, the obvious consideration of price was missing, but perhaps that was intentional? 

Hope you get lots of questionnaires and that your project at Uni is successful.

Begonia corns

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 22:23

I think you're supposed to gently lift the corms, dry them and clean any soil of them and then store them in shallow peat free compost. 

But, I think I may try to leave them in the ground and heap loads of mulch on them or maybe even fleece them.  They're very sheltered, behind a wall.   As you say though, they're still flowering really well and I may change my mind and feel sorry for them if Mr Frost comes to visit.

Lifting Dahlias

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 22:18

I'm very tempted to do this Lizyann with my chrysanthemums and dahlias.  But I haven't got a greenhouse so I'm going to put them in the garage.  For the dahlias in the ground I'm just going to mulch them well and the begonia tubers ... I still haven't decided.  I may take them up but they're still flowering well.  I may just heap mulch on them too and see what happens.  I guess it depends largely on what sort of winter we have ... and maybe I have to learn the hard way.

Hostafan - do you leave your hostas in the ground?  I've got a note on my spreadsheet to mulch them well in February/March but otherwise just leave them alone but I can't remember where I got that info from now.

Wild Garlic

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 20:23

It's a pain GWRS.  I know some people love wild garlic (both in the garden and also to eat it) but it's so invasive and really difficult to get rid of.  I'm starting on my second year trying to get rid of mine and I'm still finding garlic bulbs in the soil.  I've dug the soil over several times and even sprayed it with resolva. 

Maybe if you don't let the garlic flower and you keep it in a pot you would be ok? 

laurel hedging

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 22:31

When I planted two 4 foot laurels a couple of months back, one of the laurels started to shed its leaves.  I fed it some Epsom salts as advised by Verdun and its fine again now.  My husband is very impressed!

Hedge problem

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 06:05

Ok, thanks Mike

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