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Wisteria problem

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:39

Pruning is the usual solution to this problem.

As this is a FAQ, I keep this info on file.

"Wisterias can be left un-pruned where space allows, but flower more freely if pruned in summer and winter to build up a spur system.

August: Shorten-back current season’s shoots to 30cm (12in). This allows more sun to get to the wood, encouraging flower-bud formation.

 February: Shorten-back the summer-pruned shoots to within 2.5-5cm (1-2in) of older wood or two to three buds. It should be possible now to distinguish the plumper flower buds from the slimmer growth buds.

Long, whippy shoots that grew after the summer pruning should also be pruned. Cut these back to five or six buds from the main branch, making the cut just above a bud."

Brassica collars

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:31

I make mine from whatever is at hand, this is usually bitumen roofing felt (preferred) vinyl floor covering/lino or corrugated cardboard.....the latter doesn't weather too well.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 11:32

Decisions to be made there, Dove. Even if you decide to remove those exposed roots, do think they may re-grow at some stage in the future and undermine your new pond?

Either-ways, good luck with your project.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 11:21

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/001_zpsa818959d.jpg

 

Some beautiful camellias around at the moment......unfortunately the blooms will be very short lived if these warm sunny days continue.

The one above opened just a couple of days ago and already some of outer petals are starting to turn brown......and it's in full shade until late afternoon.

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:57
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

That's ok then David, as long as no-one has upset you 

 

That's sweet of you...not at all! Unfortunately that's a snag with posting from Photobucket rather than straight from the pooter.

I do have a clear-out from time to time () and that's the consequences.....probably if you scrolled back there are others missing.

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:55
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

Lovely pics Lynn and Forester, where has David's gone? 

No mystery, Tracy. This shot was posted from my Photobucket account and from time to time I have a clear out of mediocre pics....unfortunately this one fell foul of the axe.

Monty's box hedging

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:48

This s what I posted on another thread and I believe it to be true.

"Tonight, Monty gives every reason under the sun to explain the demise of his beloved box hedging. The fact remains that it has been a disaster area ever since the program was first broadcast from Longmeadow two years ago.......The reason - he confessed to stupidly cutting it back hard in October.

That's when you invited in box blight, Mr Don!"

We all make mistakes, but we have get on with it.

   

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 17:57

I only buy small amounts of calcified seaweed to add to my wormery, it reduces acidity.

 

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:06
Verdun wrote (see)

Great believer in seaweed.  Think it is the very best soil and plant conditioner.

Used to get loads of fresh seaweed every year....tons of it. ,put on the soil in autumn it deters slugs, improves soil and by spring has rotted down enough to mix into the soil for veg preparation.  Used seaweed spray as a tonic on tomatoes, Beetroot, container plants, etc. etc.

Slightly alkaline so not to be used on ericaceous plants

Excellent you have access to fresh seaweed, Verdun. I can well see that the presence of sea-salt would be a deterrent to slugs & snails.

Interesting to note that the unique taste of Jersey potatoes is attributed to the liberal use of fresh seaweed.

 

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:29

Thanks, Alan....yes, calcified seaweed is an excellent fertilizer (especially in the veg garden) and is widely available in GCs & other outlets.

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