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Advice on planting out please!

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:44

The chives are likely to die down over the winter, even with a bit of protecton, but will reshoot in early spring.

Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:18

Oh I say!  It's all going on in The Lady isn't it? 

Think I'd better stick to Gardener's World - far more calming and reliable 

Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:01

With the greatest of respect to all concerned, most of what he says is complete myth, happenstance, coincidence and balderdash in my humble opinion.

And as for his assertion that this year the oak trees have provided acorns to feed the robins  European robins are mainly insectiverous although they do eat small seeds.  I'm not aware of them eating acorns - I'd have thought acorns are much too big for them.  

Last winter was one of the hardest for many years and many small birds (and large ones too, such as barn owls) were lost, and yet Mr King says that last year 'Nature decided' that the robins didn't need the acorns   I'm sorry but that's complete poppycock. 

He may be confused - American robins, a different species to ours, eat acorns - perhaps he's prophesying the weather for the USA?

I hope he didn't use similar techniques when trying to solve crimes, rather than relying on established scientific and forensic methods.

As for the  plants mentioned above, none of those need special treatment to see them through any British winter, so just give the soil around them a good mulching to enrich the soil and improve it's structure and water retentiion.  The plants will be fine. 

Lawn Grubs

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 12:54

These might be 'leather jackets' as described by Verdun - do they look like these?

 They'll have been living in the soil beneath your lawn eating the roots of the grass, and because you've 'flooded' the lawn they've come up for air - the birds will be grateful.

I still think the 'little mounds' you describe are worm casts.  Anything here look familiar?

Advice about crocosmia needed

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 12:25

How big were they?


Posted: 22/09/2013 at 11:26

I was in the GW Mag a couple of months back - my life has changed irreversably since then, I am two months older than I was and about to retire  

Have I mentioned that before? 

Agapanthus dilemma

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 11:24

I remove the old flowers before they can form seeds and leave the stems and leaves to die back naturally - of course not all types die back in the winter.  

Yes, to obtain viable seeds the seedhead needs to ripen on the plant.

in or out fig

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 10:53

Hi Alan - I tried to send you a PM but it says you don't accept them.  

I know you're into fruit growing and wondered whether you would be interested in some Mara de Bois perpetual-fruiting strawberry plants as a 'Garden Warming' present - ours have done fantastically and we have far too many for our small patch 

They're the French ones recommended by Mr Don last year as having the flavour of a wild strawberry with the size of modern varieties.  The flavour is certainly lovely and we're still picking several every day. 

Advice about crocosmia needed

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 10:48

It might be that you planted the 'baby' new ones which might need to grow a bit before they flower - I'd give them another year at least 


Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:55

I bought a large pack of nematodes last year and applied them twice to The Shady Bank, where primulas and honeysuckle leaves in particular were being nibbled to bits and vine weevils were rampant on dark evenings.  We've had no damage this year at all and I've only seen one VW and it was on the opposite side of the garden to The Shady Bank. 

Do you remember the damage done to my big hostas earlier in the year by fighting cats?  I've discovered the cause - whilst tidying up in that corner I've found the remains of a roasted chicken carcass - neighbour's cat must've been thieving and had a fight, either with another cat or one of those red weevils Verdun was talking about - if they can see off a cat perhaps they'd take up residence in my seedbed next spring 

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