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Walking on flower beds

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:44
If your soil is not heavy clay you should be fine occasionally walking on it to weed. As said by others the problems is usually pirouetting around trying to find a clear spot to step on : )

It's best to avoid walking on soil too much if it is wet or clay as said but you cant completely avoid it. If this is the problem maybe have some offices of wood which you put down when you want to and move around. But to be honest I don't think it makes much difference as unless the wood is large enough to spread your weight I.e. Much bigger than your foot it's not doing much anyway. I think it is more important when you are creating seed or planting beds where you don't want to undo your good work by compacting the soil you have soent time digging over.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:38
They do vary by species when they flower.

We haven't got any flowers yet but this is their first year and I was very (very) late planting them....


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:34
Slugs and buttercups at the moment : )

Please identify

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:32
Yes just pull it up, it should come away quite easily. It grows very quickly and I have never got rid of it completely but is easy to pull out so just keep an eye on where it's appearing and pounce regularly.

It was always called Lads Love where I was brought up and if you threw it at someone and it stuck to them then they had to kiss you, a horticultural form of kiss chase : ) probably created by someone to get the kids help with weeding.....

new allottment

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:26
We cleared ours by hand as I don't do chemicals, mostly me with some help from my OH.

I would suggest buying some black plastic and covering part of your allotment whilst you concentrate on the rest. Don't be in a rush to think you have to be using all of your allotment straightaway just tackle it in bite size chunks.

We covered about half of ours with plastic and didn't tackle that part until the second summer so 12 months on ( we got our allotment in the June). On the other half we dug out perennial weeds first, concentrating on one part at a time so that we gradually created some raised beds and paths. As we have cleared each part the black plastic has being recycled to cover another area or cut into wide strips to form the base of a path. It's now our second summer and we are fully up and running and all the allotment is now fully in use.

Also remember that it is more valuable to pull up/dig out weeds before they go to seed. Sometimes all I did was go around the plot digging out docks or dandelions, ignoring anything else that wasn't an immediate weed threat. It doesn't give you an immaculate area to admire but does mean that your populations of weeds get reduced. We had loads of huge docks with great long tap roots but now just get the odd seedling appearing which can be easily yanked out.

It can feel overwhelming sometimes especially if you are near to immaculate plots but you will get there....

Good luck : )

Rehoming peonies and rhubarb - help!

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:13
Everybody says not to move peonies but my mum moved hers several times with no problem so I would give it a go. You will lose it anyway if you move and leave it behind. As Magrich says don't plant too deep, I think this is maybe why losing them is associated with moving and replanting.

Good luck x

Gooseberry & blackcurrant berries dropped off

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:17
A cold or dry snap can cause gooseberry drop. Don't know about blackcurrant a but probably same or similar causes.

hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:08
They should be fine in pots as long as you make sure they are given some tlc. It helps to refresh the top few inches if compost each year and at the same time add in some slow release food. Also check regularly that they are not too dry, as the plant grows and if it is against a wall they won't get much rainwater so may occasionally need watering. I think we are all better at remembering to check this in summer and can forget we need to check all year round ( I know I have in the last).

I wouldn't swap them for anything else as you will have the same problem. Clematis can do well on north facing walls but they are very greedy, hungry plants and will be less happy in a pot than your hydrangeas.

They will take a little while to recover and benefit from their new compost if they have being repotted.

Help please with quick growing plants for school fete

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:06
Given the timescale am not sure that you will get as far as potting on? Why not go for the larger seeds, the beans, sunflowers etc and plant them two to a pot so that you sell it as it is rather than planting on. These are all things that can be planted straight out now anyway once your customers get them home.

You could plant these in loo rolls or homemade paper pots and then just wrap them in a clean piece of newspaper when you sell them? These would hopefully still fit in your propagator for starting things off.

Could you also send a letter how with your class (and others?) asking if anyone at home or in their family has any surplus plants or even packets of seeds you can sell.

Good luck : )

GW live. What to expect?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:57
I went to GWL last year and was disappointed. There seemed to be fewer gardens than the year before and all the plant stalls seemed to be selling the same plants - and ones that you could pick up in any garden centre. It's a shame as I live in Birmingham and so this would be an ideal day out.

I haven't being to the autumn show at Malvern but love the spring show.

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