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Latest posts by diggingdoris

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 12:27

I don't like to hear the crunch either. I've got a bucket half full with a strong salt and water mix and I go out last thing at night and pick up the snails from the lawn and any slugs I can see on the 2 patios. They all go in the bucket and although they fizz up some bubbles for a couple of seconds, it seems that they are a gonna soon after as they then don't move. I've read stuff on the net about whether they feel pain and there seems to be mixed opinions, but I think the quicker they can die the better. Unless you can take them walkies in the country somewhere!

Is it ok to sow foxgloves now?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 17:11

Yes I planned to do that, along with the verbena bon. seedlings I've grown. I don't want to lose either.

Is it ok to sow foxgloves now?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 15:31

I've just bought 2 small plants from an open garden day, but I'm scared of planting them out as were are having such a slug problem here. I've got them on a table on the patio until they get a bit hardier. The leaves look so tender and munchable! Not sure when to try them in the border. If the leaves get munched would the roots surviveready for next years growth?

Rhubarb Seeds

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 14:52

I grew some from seed spring 2011 in pots in a cold greenhouse. By summer I had a dozen strong plants that I gave to all the family and planted 3 in my garden. By autumn I had big strong leaves and stems and was tempted to pull just one stem from each plant, twice. They say not to pull at all the first year. I mulched them well through the winter and WOW has my patience been rewarded! This year all the family are pulling and freezing rhubarb every week. I've had loads from my plants. I keep mulching around them with homemade compost and they just keep producing.

If you are a patient person, Insomnia, have a go. Not sure it's the right time of year to sow seed, as it says sow March to April on the packet I have.Likes rich soil and full sun. So now's the time to prepare where you want to grow them. Dig in some good muck, then sow in spring. Good luck!

cucumber numbers

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 14:29

I counted 20 on one plant last night, so I'll try to do as you suggest Bob to be on the safe side.Thank you

cucumber numbers

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 18:01

How many cucumbers should I have growing on each vine? One of my plants must have 12+ fruit on it. Is this too many for one plant to cope with? In some cases there are 2 growing from the same stem. The variety is Bangkok.

Deutzia dilemma

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 17:17

Thank you both. The bush itself is a nice round shape but had these 4 'horns' towering above that look so out of place. A bit like a  table upside-down! I'll give them a trim as suggested. Thanks.

Deutzia dilemma

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 22:28

Now my Deutzia has finished flowering I need advice on the pruning. I have cut back branches that flowered but there are four 2ft long stems that had no flowers on that tower above the rest of the bush. Should I cut these back as well, or are they going to have flowers on next year? They have larger leaves than the rest of the shrub and look like suckers, but I know they are not because they are growing from the same stems that had the flowers. I can't find anything in books, so I hope someone out there knows what to do. Fingers crossed.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 15:51

I thought I'd lost the one I planted last year but after me cutting back all the brown dry foliage it is now shooting with new leaves. Very slowly I might add, but at least it's not dead! I don't think it likes the wet and cold, so I'm hoping a warm spell will get it growing faster.

Deutzia - should it stay or should it go now

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:05

My deutzia flowered it's socks off this year. Never seen so many flowers on it and a great bee magnet!

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