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Growing on tulips

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:21

If you feed the tulips after flowering, the bulbs should be bigger. You won't stop bulblets forming, that natural reproduction. As for growing them on if you pop the offsets into a nursery bed they take a few years to get to any size, but you'll get more with patience. Don't let the small bulbs flower either, snap off the flowering heads and feed them with a foliar feed at the same time as you feed other bulbs. 

Help Wallflowers

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:15

Wall flowers like good drainage, if their feet are too wet they do rot. A mix of mpc and sharp sand and grit would be a lot better for them than just mpc, and with winter rain a water reservoir wouldn't work well.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:09

After the first frost has blackened the foliage, dig them up, brush off the soil as best you can then put them upside down to let them drain for a week or so and then store them frost free over winter.

Lawn issues

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 20:28

Nicola, in your opening post you have post you have identified the problem in one, wetter weather see's the grass thin. It's drainage. Lawns if they aren't spiked and air let in become compacted that's why in Autumn and spring lawns need to be spiked, lifted slightly, scarified etc and generally maintained. Where some of the previous posters have come from, no offence to any of the above, I really don't know. Lawns however you keep them need this regime, or the grass thins. Leatherjackets have hatched and flown and laid new eggs by now, but the wet is the problem. 

Yellowing Pinks

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 20:19

First frost will see the flowering stems die off. Just cut them back. If they need splitting they're easy to split or take cuttings from in spring. It's that time of year really, don't worry about it.

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 20:13

Your'e more likely to die of an accident in your own home or driving your car to and from work than be poisoned in your own garden. I've seen so many people die from sudden events and sad as it was to see, if I die in my garden, at least I would die happy. I can't think of a place where I would rather pop my clogs.

Winter onions

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 20:02

Winter onions are hardy, so get them out now. Planting in cells give them a head start and stops birds pulling them up, so transfer them asap. No need to cover them.

Talkback: Hibernating ladybirds

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:58

It's pre hibernation behaviour. They make the most of the last warmth in the sun before going to sleep. Provide a place where they can keep frost free over winter. A garden shed is ideal.

duck weed in a blocked natutral spring

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:55

It's the leaf litter which causes this as fidget says. Regular removal of the rubbish at the bottom will increase water flow and restrict stagnation. Duckweed only multiplies in slow to stagnant water. Removal of the debris will also reduce the chance of silting up and possible flooding, so it's best done after leaf fall in the early winter. If your neighbours realise they could flood, they may well help.

Lawn issues

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:49

Nicola, it's as philippa says, its drainage. Best thing is to spike it with a fork to a depth of 4-6 inches and brush sharp sand into the holes. I needs to be spiked every 6 inches so that the whole area gets covered. In spring, scarify and sprinkle some grass seed in top, mixed with multi purpose compost. If you've done it right, then next winter you won't see it go bare. It'll look nice by summer, so a day spent now will give dividends next year.

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