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Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 18:19

Thanks all

Unfortunately ground frosts prevent me from leaving them out over winter. I usually loose a couple over winter in storage, but that's life in the far north.


Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 22:48

Thanks Verdun.

I was just going to go down to B&M as they have big bags of it for animal bedding.

So yes it will be dry.

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 21:55

Hi all

I need to store my Dahlia tubers for the winter and was wondering if saw dust is any good. I have never used it myself, but given that it's a lot lighter than compost and sand, it would benefit my shelves greatly.

Does anyone use saw dust? Is it a good medium to store tubers?

Thank you all in advance.


Earth Worms

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:19

LOL. Thanks for the replies of wit and wisdom.

Perhaps the previous home owner was a keen fisherman and dug up all the worms. I grew up in an area of peaty soil that had an abundance of worms and as a youngster and keen angler I used to dig them up as fish feed.

I think I will purchase some lob worms and try one bed to see if the plants grow better. I would have thought as worms aerate and break up the soil they would benefit root growth and drainage immensely.

This might be one for the GW programme makers to look at conducting some garden trials / research.


Earth Worms

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 19:26

Thanks for the replies.

The soil in the planting areas has improved but no sign of any worms returning. I don't think there has been any chemical spillage. The plants grow fine.

I'm just not sure if I should introduce some worms to the improved areas.

Are there any reasons for not buying some and adding them to the soil?

Earth Worms

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:58

Hi all

I have been in this garden for about 6 years now and have been slowly but surely improving the soil over time.

The soil is composed of heavy clay and I am digging in well rotted manure, old compost, new compost, sand, bark chippings and anything else that will improve the drainage of the soil in the planting areas.

However I cannot seem to find any worms. In 6 years I have not found a single worm. Plenty slugs and snails but no worms.

So do I need to buy and add worms to the soil? Or should I leave well alone.

Thanks for your advice and guidance

How much is too much?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:00

Thank you

I did notice this afternoon that the buds were appearing at the edges where the mulch is thinner. So here's hoping. I just have to keep an eye on it at regular intervals.

Many thanks for your advice

How much is too much?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 20:39

Thanks for the replies so far.

Somewhat encouraging that I might not have to scrape away some of the mulch. Your input is appreciated.

How much is too much?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 20:18

Hi all.

How much is too much? Mulch that is.

I have an area under a tree that has quite a few bulbs growing under and some 'wild Geranium'.  Well I don't really know if its wild or not and I don't know what variety it is. It came with the house.

As the bulbs were shallow planted I thought I would give them a little more depth by mulching to keep the soil more moist. I did this with a mixture of well rotted horse manure, some compost and some bark chippings to a depth of about 2 inches at the deepest point.

The question is, will the geranium push through the mulch ok or have I just suppressed them? They are/were well established plants of about 10 years.

Thanks for the comments

Growing aquilegia from seed

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:05

Thanks to you both.

As well as moving the pots to shade as above I will also chill some seeds before planting and if unsuccessful I can pot them in the greenhouse at the beginning of the year for spring growing.

Thanks for all the help.

PS. I might even change my name to 'Almost Disponded'.

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