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Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:14
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Hi Fluffy, they really need to be left to die back naturally as the leaves are building up the bulb for next year's flowers.  Once the leaves die back you can lift them.  Many folk (me included) leave them in the ground, but it's best to plant them 6 to 8 inches deep if you do that.  Some folk treat them as annuals and discard them after flowering, especially if planted in pots.  I think that's what you have effectively done, albeit by accident!

There is no one answer to how long they live - I have some that have been in the ground for 30 years and come back every year (plain red and plain yellow ones), but most of the fancy ones I buy rarely do well the following year.

Bob I just wanted to thank you for such a perfectly clear explanation. I've some tulips that are not growing in the ideal place as we're about to redesign that bit of the garden. However they are beautiful and I'd like to save them (I think they'll be going in the middle of the herb garden to add some colour in the spring and liven it up a little).

Once the plants have been left to die back and lifted would I be best to store the bulbs in a (dark / dry) bag until we're ready to replant them or would they do better in a large pot of sand / oil ?


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:06

Panda - trouble being quiet in the office is that I come up with big ideas and that usually involves landing myself with more work to do at home!

KEF - just pop it over I'll do all the ironing with mine on Sunday night if you like. By the time I've zoned out doing the shirts and bed sheets I'm sure I wont notice moving on to yours!

OL - replied!

Wintersong wrote (see)
Clarington wrote (see)

 My trouble is that even making small batches the cakes never last that long! At least these are individually wrapped so I can't use the excuse "they'll do dry!"


I bake large amounts and freeze in individual pieces. Everything from quiche to chocolate cake! The freezer is my best friend

Thanks for the toms advice Dove and others. Will do the same

Wintersong - I've frozen quiche before but I've never realised you can freeze cake!? Is it only certain types or will most cakes freeze? My freezer is far too small I keep getting tempted to buy a little chest freezer to put in my shed so I can make huge batches of soups and pasta sauces should I get a good harvest / deal at Tesco! My partners parents have a second freezer for when there's a big event (i.e. Christmas) or they've raided Aldi and it always seems such a great idea.


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:34

Alas suit on, bottle of water, and a day sat at my desk wondering when some work is going to appear OL! I think there's half an hours rest scheduled on Monday evening but that's subject to change.

I have got some gluten free chocolate brownies at my desk though - went a little crazy buying a selection of goodies after pay day to try out. I'm sure I can make better though so will have to get in the kitchen. My trouble is that even making small batches the cakes never last that long! At least these are individually wrapped so I can't use the excuse "they'll do dry!"


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:27

Morning all. Didn't get home until 12:30 last night as the evening volunteering at the museum turned into quite a marathon moving vehicles - non of which wanted to move! By the time I was washed and fed it had gone 01:00 and getting to work this morning has proven quite the slog after having a late night on Wednesday too.

Think I'll be in my PJs before 17:30 tonight!

Sorry if I've missed any important news. Rather dead on my feet right now xx

Talkback: Three ways to improve your pond

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:25

Unless your pond is *huge* (mine is 2,500 litres and not large enough) buy barley straw extract. You can get it easily enough online or at a garden centre.

There is an idea that you can put the barley straw itself into your pond - you can. But all the expert guides I've read say that this wont work (can't remember why - there was a good reason) unless you've a huge pond.

That said you noticed the extract working within 24 hours and repeated applications as prescribed seems to be keeping our pond crystal clear.


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:50

So you think it might be worth asking for a boat again for my birthday?

I'm sorry, I have abused my Bramley apple...

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:31

Catherine. I just looked at the RHS website and found this rather simple explanation which might help you. It seems to suggest all pruning is done in the winter (when the tree is dormant) and for a very over grown tree you plan it over a few years rather than all at once.

I hope it helps.


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:27

Ponds? Dove there are ones on my way to work that are positively lakes! I really do expect to see a family of ducks in them one day!


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:26

I've not got an Ad-Blocker software but I'm not getting anything like that.
Alan are you logged into Google on the computer. I'm sure there was a button somewhere in the Google settings that would turn on to target you with adverts. Maybe its that?


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:22
KEF wrote (see)

Potholes   S.Yorks has the national collection of potholes.  They also send all trainee hole diggers here, go dig a hole in a road, leave it 2 days and then fill it back in.

The pot holes around us are EVIL! My partner has already to REPLACE HIS CAR because it just couldn't cope with the pot holes! Its sporty suspension was too hard leaving you shaken to bits when bits of it weren't snapping bits (even the dash was starting to shake loose) and its wheels with low profile tyres were getting smashed to bits as on most of the roads there is no way you can avoid the holes less you drive on the pavement. He's had two punctures caused by hitting holes in the last year alone because the roads aren't always wide enough and buses like to drive up the middle of the road regardless.

One of the reasons we brought the Land Rover (aside from needing to tow large vehicles out of trouble) was because in the winter the road conditions are so bad its not worth risking a nice little car. We've had a mild winter this year but even so I had to help a little car that had FALLEN IN TO THE POT HOLE and ground itself on its sill so the woman couldn't drive out again (truth be told she was nervous about causing further damage and so not aggressive enough on the loud pedal but it was a very new shiny car so I forgave her).


One good thing about the holes however is that because they also don't grit the roads that often they do at least serve a purpose of stopping run away cars as they disappear off the ice sheet and in to them causing the driver to sit clamped to the steering wheel white as a sheet (he admitted he had no idea how long he'd been like that until I tapped on the window to see if he was okay!! Poor devil he'd left finger nail marks on the steering wheel!)


Oh well. When the hose pipe bans kick in at least we'll be able to store a good months worth of rain water in the holes to keep our veggies green.


Are you feeling any better Mrs. G? Families are always so generous when it comes to germs.



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