Latest posts by discodave

lemon tree/harvesting

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 07:44

Acording to RHS lemons can take upto 12 months to ripen from flower stage. Was the plant outdoors? when did you bring it in? is it flowering? is there heating where your keeping it? are you using nitrogen feed March - Oct? are you using tepid water now its cooler and letting it dry off somewhat before watering? are you growing shoots?


Seeds are up

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 07:16

Im starting my Tomatoes next week, Last year I waited, took ages to get off to a fair start because of the drought. Then I could barely keep on top of them because of all the other planting and garening, after that I think I managed to get about 5 tomatoes in total that were edible. Stuff that, I'm going to try and get them started early this year, grow indoors until March then get started on other stuff. I know we are supposed to wait for most things but isnt gardening about the fun of trying and the trial and error and sometimes throwing the rule book out of the window, thats how we sometimes learn the books and experts aren't always right...

Can I sow now?- Eryngiums, Echinacea, and the grass Stipa gigantea? Mystery

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 05:02

I just read somewhere that someone put some Echinacea purpurea seeds into a bag with compost into the fridge (to germinate) and forgot about them, then took them out over 6 months later and they had sprouted and were still doing well. Planted them out and they are thriving. I guess you can but try, like most things, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. 

Planting time is usually Feb-June anyway, I also read that they germinate better if you pop the seeds in a bag with sand for 2 weeks in the freezer, they germinate well, so you might be as well to get started now.




By the way, If you do have a go at it now, would you let me know how they do.. The weather is very mild here and most of my spring grows is already in full swing.. 


In flower now

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:10

I spent the day gardening today, my lilac is sprouting leaves galore, roses are in flower, bluebells are half grown and my st johns wort is sprouting like crazy. My plants dont seem to know its winter.. I just hope that when the cold does come it doesnt set them back too far. 

lemon tree

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:05

 This is my mother in law's lemon tree

I think I saw a gw where Monty said lemon trees dont like to be cut back too much. My mother in law hacks hers back every year and every year it grows to at least the same size, (she empties her swimming pool - the drainage pipe waters her side garden where the tree is so contains chlorine and bleaches etc) and it always looks great. Mind you, she is in one of the hottest regions of Portugal. Maybe that makes a difference.

Bush/Tree Identification

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 21:14

Just read its common name is Himalayan Nutmeg

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 04:26

I had a terrible problem with slugs and snails last year, they devoured alot of my plants to oblivion. This year I am ready for them. I have bought a collection of slug traps, 16m of copper tape to go round pots and also to put a strip around a section of  old plastic cola bottle and sink into soil around new plants, will use garlic infused water and coffee grounds aswel as crushed egg shells over some areas. If this dont get them then I will try dynamite..

Biten by unknown bugs

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 19:27

Any product with citronella (hundreds of them) will deter most biting insects, I have tried the boots, long socks, bottoms tucked in, long sleves, and no bare bits and still been bitten on my legs or ankles. Now I just douse myself in repelant.

Bush/Tree Identification

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 11:47

well I have to say, it loves the Surrey soil. 

Thousands of bees on allotment

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 08:49

To the person peddling Avon at every available chance in every available forum, I would like to point out that Avon make no such claims that this product should be used as insect repellant. It contains citronella, an ingredient found in several hundred insect repellant products. Insect bites should be treated peoperly and with care. Not with flippant claims.

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