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Herb Garden - Transplant to New Garden

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 07:35

You can dig up and divide the chives - it's not the ideal time of year to do it, but they'll survive with a bit of tlc. 

First cut them hard back and use the chopped leaves in your scrambled eggs, soup, potato salad or whatever - then dig up the clump and split it in half.  Replant one half in the ground and the other in a pot.  When  you're in your new home and you have a site for your new herb garden, in the autumn or spring take the chives out of the pot and divide into small clumps and plant them separately. They'll be fine.

I planted mine in clumps along the edge of the herb bed and they've thickened up and form a pretty edging. 

The sage can be propagated from softwood cuttings of non-flowered shoots right now .

The thyme and oregano can also be propagated from cuttings now.  You could try digging them up and putting them in pots to take them with you, if that's ok with the people buying your house - you'll have to get your convenyancer to put it in the paperwork otherwise you'll be in breach of contract - of course, if your house is rented that doesn't apply.  If you're going to dig them up I'd cut them back quite hard before digging them up to lessen the work the roots have to do.

I find that rosemary takes fairly well from cuttings but of course it'll be a while before they get to any size so it might be better just to buy a replacement when you're planting up your new garden.

Hope the move goes well

Really old cooking apple tree advice?

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 06:59

I think it looks wonderful as it is - I'd be happy just to leave it as a home for wildlife - it must be teeming with birds and insects

Narcissus bulb storage?

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 06:52

If you have no ready supply of tights then do you haveaccess to nylon stockings?  If not then you can use the sort of net bags that onions are sold in (well they are in the UK - not sure about Russian onions) or make a bag from net curtains or any small guage netting.

Lovely photo of your dacha  


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 06:44

Good morning all

A glorious morning full of sunshine, dancing shadows and birdsong

No rain here, but we're threatened with thundery rain and possibly hail this evening, moving up from the south, so presumably some of you will get it before us. 

Discounts at the GC Chicky

plant ID

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 06:34

It looks like one of the Arisaemas, sometimes called snake lily or cobra lily - related to the arums (calla lily, jack in the pulpit etc)

Cox's Orange Pippin

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 20:05

Cox's Orange Pippin aren't the easiest of apple trees and can take a while to get going - three years old is still a very young tree - you have two other trees from the right pollination group so that's half the battle - if the tree looks healthy then I think the answer is just patience - good luck

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

 I'm not getting panicky Obelixx  - it's just that as I'm at home I might as well be prepared - I'm really more concerned about the runner beans, toms and courgettes - it looks as if the area affected is going to be pretty wide and many places will escape - I'll just keep an eye on the skies

Does anybody know name of this plant

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 19:12

Wait until the flowers open fully - some of them have wonderful bright blue edges

Pruning a Victoria Plum minature tree

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 17:29

Does it need pruning?  Most plums don't really need routine pruning.

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