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My aster looks ill :(

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:33

I cut perennial asters right back in late winter - I presume the leaves that are black are last year's growth?  

Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:16
punkdoc wrote (see)

Dove, I was only being mischievous ....

So I would hope Doc  - I'm sure he's a very nice man, but I find fewer celeb gardeners more irritating than DG, and for an Irishman to have so much difficulty in talking intelligibly is surely a contradiction in terms 

As for Sophie Raworth - I think the idea is that they need someone very used to live broadcasting - all sorts of things can go wrong and no matter how experienced someone is to recording a programme, coping on live tv when something unexpected happens needs someone with real skill and experience - a safe pair of hands - Sophie Raworth has proved she is definitely that - and she's said that she comes from a family of keen gardeners - many people don't get the chance to become gardeners until they retire - doesn't mean they're not interested.

She's not there to be a gardener - she's a professional presenter - a different thing altogether. 

Simple question alert!

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:02

You can either sprinkle it on where you're going to plant and then rake the soil over, or you can plant and then scatter some around and water it in.  Does your pack have instructions etc?

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 16:54

Mine haven't all germinated, but most of them have - they've gone outside into the mini-greenhouse/coldframe - they really weren't getting enough light even by the big studio window and they were becoming etiolated (love that word) and apart from that they were in danger of being painted 

My aster looks ill :(

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 16:50

Hi Cleo

Which sort of aster are we talking about?  There are the showy annual type and the hardy perennial type that we used to call Michaelmas daisies. 

Choosing a clematis

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 15:07

I've got Pamela Jackman - it is the most gorgeous inky blue when it has the light behind it - perfect for a pergola 

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 15:03

Well, I tell them they're looking gorgeous if they are, or try to be encouraging if they're not, and cuss at the deep rooted weeds as I get them out, so I reckon that you and HRH are in good company 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 15:00

Tracey, bedding plants can go in big pots - lots of cheapy ones around at this time of year, and you can spray them with acrylic spray paint/car paint sort of stuff and when they're full of blooming plants who'll notice the pots anyway? 

Simple question alert!

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 14:28

Tootles - those are Polka if my old glasses are working correctly.  I planted some last spring and was picking raspberries from August to November!!!  

Plant them, cut them down to just above ground level and stand well back!  They'll send up new fruit-bearing canes shortly.  The ones I planted last year are now sending up new canes and making a bid to take over the fruit patch!!!  

And they are a lovely raspberry.  We froze three boxes and ate them at Christmas as well as having them for meals throughout the autumn 

Steven, I use Fish Blood & Bone, and occasional scatterings of proprietary Chicken Manure pellets on my veg patch - I get them when the GC is doing a BOGOF which they seem to do about now each year. 

I also add well-rotted farmyard manure and/or homemade garden compost in the autumn or early spring. 

 

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