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Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:40

Been celebrating early? 

advice re veg patch please

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:39

How disheartening Amanda ((hugs)) but I think your soil is tired - it did it's best last year but used up all the nutrients.

Which green manure did you use?  Some (leguminous ones) will fix nitrogen from the air, but the ones usually used over the winter are primarily grown to stop the leeching of nutrients from the soil by the winter rains - if there's not a lot of nutrients there in the first place there's nothing to save.  However, digging it in will help improve the soil structure.

I would put as much organic matter onto the soil this winter as possible - well rotted farm yard manure and home made compost if you can get it.  Just keep doing this each winter and sprinkle some Fish Blood & Bone in the spring, before sowing/planting - according to the instructions on the pack.  

Some Chicken Manure Pellets in the spring would be good too.  

It will improve - our veg patch was very poor and stony when we moved here 3 years ago - it's unrecognisable now and very fertile (and full of worms ).

Good luck 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:25

Polka?  Very prolific ........... and then some!!!  We're getting buried under huge tasty raspberries - the freezer is filling up and I'm going to have to make jam as well as having lots to make lovely puds for Christmas and we're having freshly picked raspberries from the garden with our muesli for breakfast every morning.  I planted 3 canes in Feb 2013!!!  They have global ambitions - wonderful 

**PLANT & PROBLEM ID PLEASE**

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:20

Matthew - I've managed to look at your picture - your plant looks like one of the bromeliads - probably an Aechmea chantinii or Zebra plant.  

Info on care here http://houseplants.about.com/od/bromeliad1/p/Aechmea.htm 

For future information - to post a picture on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.  Sadly it doesn't work for phones at the moment.

Hope that's helpful 

 

Shrub ID - Best time for harsh cut back??

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:11

As the temperatures are still quite mild I think I'd wait a bit - cutting back now might stimulate fresh new growth which could then be damaged by hard frosts in the winter (if we get any).  That would be a waste of the plants' energy.  

Think I'd do it in November/December.

 

East Anglia Forkers Outings

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 16:01

Oooh, deep envy Topbird   Continue to have a lovely time - may see you at W Acre - family activities permitting.  

I'm sure something will get sorted out re Panda and Beth Chatto's. 

San Marzano 3 tomatoes

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 16:00

From what I've read semi-determinate means that they are bush-type, but prone to be a bit on the rampant side, so the side-shoots may need shortening or they may need a fair bit of support. 

Hope that helps. 

How to protect autumn-sowing broad beans and peas?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:58

I sow Aquadulce Broad Beans most autumns, but I've not grown autumn-sown peas for years; however today you've made me order some seeds  http://www.realseeds.co.uk/peas.html 

I've ordered the Hatif d'Annonay  - we've not had mouse problems in this garden so far - fingers will be crossed! 

Jay

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:08

Photos? 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 11:11

Verdun - the galliardias were just labelled Galliardias - they're budding up for another flush of blooms, at the moment they look like this 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58815.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 Chicky - I'm pretty sure I posted about the Rustic Dwarves a while back - but maybe you were away?  They've been fantastic and they're still blooming they're socks off 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58816.jpg?width=614&height=350&mode=max

 And they've completely won OH around - he thought he didn't like yellow flowers!

Many many thanks (hugs))

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