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Newbie Q regarding bare root plants

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:36

Snap Nut

Newbie Q regarding bare root plants

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:35

White shoots at the top sticking out of the ground.

Roots in the ground.

Don't worry about the white shoots being wonky - they'll straighten themselves up.

Think I'd grow them on in pots until they get a bit bigger to protect them from slugs and inclement weather.

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:43
Tetley wrote (see)

..... Dove,  ..nevertheless, the majority vote was 61% and ignored.  Maybe the rest of the population couldn`t be bothered because they thought it to be a futile exercise  


There is a turnout figure  - I think it's 30% (with a tolerance each way of 3%) below which the vote is invalid - I understand that is why it is being ignored. 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:29
Lyn wrote (see)

......  Why won't eastern Euopeans be able to apply for jobs here, they always did, or is that something the EU will put a stop too? ....


Lyn ((hugs))  sorry about your father.

Eastern Europeans weren't freely able to work here before their countries joined the EU.  For a start, their countries were part of the USSR and they could only leave with permission from the Soviet government.   After the USSR disintegrated many of the individual countries opted to realign with western Europe, and several have joined the EU, after meeting the conditions which were laid down.  This was encouraged by the west as it gave NATO the opportunity to station troops and missiles in Eastern Europe, thus getting right up Russia's nose.  This is why Putin has moved to stake a claim to the strategically important Crimea which used to be part of Russia before it was 'given' to the Ukraine in 1953 by Krushchev who came from the Ukraine. 

Outside of the EU arrangements, to work in most other countries you have to have a Work Permit.  Brits can't go and work in the USA or Australia or most other countries without one.  Americans, Australians, Kiwis, Chinese, Indians etc have to have work permits to come and work here.  You usually have to prove that there isn't a Brit available to do that particular job. 

If we leave the EU it will be the same for Brits who want to work on mainland Europe - they will have to get a work permit.

Forcing rhubarb

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 18:59

It may be that it's a bit young - when it does get going, never pull more than two thirds of the stalks at any one time, don't pull any after the beginning of June for T. Early and then feed with Fish Blood and Bone, mulch well with well rotted farmyard manure and make sure the plant does not dry out in the summer/autumn.  Don't allow it to flower.  In the autumn allow the leaves to die down and decompose on the plant before removing. 

Put the forcing pot over the plant early in the New Year (I try to do it on New Year's Day when I do my annual New Year Flower Count).

Fingers crossed you'll be inundated with rhubarb this time next year

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:09
Tetley wrote (see)

....... It seems that Juncker is ignoring the Dutch referendum, because he promised the Ukrainian president that their visa free travel will go ahead-- in spite of that vote being a 61% NO.  ...

61% of a 32% turnout - approximately 19 people in every 100 -  hardly an overwhelming mandate.

Seed Germination Time?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 16:53

This is the first year I've used a heated windowsill propagator (about £30 on Amazon) rather than just using covered half-sized seed trays on the dining room windowsill.

The improvement in germination time has to be seen to be believed.  Tomatoes and sweetcorn took only 3 days before seed leaves appeared.

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 13:38
But what has any of that got to do with the EU? Mass migration is a global phenomenon. Or is the influx of Mexicans into the US the fault of the EU too?

Plant ID please

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 09:43

Yes, Sedum Spectabile - various shades of pinky brown according to variety - rich in nectar and loved by bees and butterflies

Love it.

Forcing rhubarb

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 09:39

Mine is Timperley Early - I chose it because it is an early variety and forces well. 

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