Excitable Boy

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bolting onions

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:36

Some of my spring-planted sets have bolted too, probably due to the extremes of weather/moisture. I can confirm that blairs is correct in that you can just snip off the flower stalk and use the bolted onions first come harvest time.

I have to say that I have grown onions for many years and there are always a few that bolt so I accept it as part of the game. You have to eat some of them first, so it might as well be the bolters!!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:31

Wow Figrat, all your plants are so much further on than mine!

(tries to upload a photo but fails )

white lilac?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:26
figrat wrote (see)
I guess exterminate or propagate! It is in the nature of s.vulgaris to send out suckers. You could dig up the suckers and grow them on - or get rid of the suckers as described in this thread:- http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/lilac-shoots-all-over-the-place/2793.html

Thanks.What happens if I just leave them? Do I get a thicket of Lilac or does it kill the parent..or...?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 10:11
kate1123 wrote (see)

@Excitable boy, you have a son who goes outside, where did you find him???

LOL, he's a student, so I just offer money and cider!!

To be fair he worked really hard yesterday and it's making a big difference. Won't do any "pansy gardening stuff" but he mixed half a tonne of cement yesterday and shifted a tonne and a half of path flint, so I'm not complaining. Of course, after about four hours he's had enough and has to have a lie down by the telly.

white lilac?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 10:04
figrat wrote (see)
It does have some differences - and advantages! It doesn't sucker like s. vulgaris, and as I mentioned flowers sporadically through the season. If you do a google search, pruning advice will be available. It tends to have more of a shrub like than a tree habit.

Figrat, I have a white lilac(well, looks more a sky blue really) which got hacked last autumn when I foolishly took my eye off my better half who had some secateurs in her hand. Not much flower this year, but there are loads of what appear to be young lilac plants within a yard of the parent plant. I presume these are suckers (some appear to have arial roots attached). What is the best thing to do?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:18
figrat wrote (see)
Gave up on the gardening as every time I heard something rustle in the borders I thought it was a rat, but each time only the blackbirds. Will try and be braver tomorrow.

LOL, I soooo know that feeling.

Very hot here already but #1 son is back from Uni for a week so hopefully will be able to finish the path edging today. He can then get on with the flint dressing.

I'll try to take a pic when it's done.

Now, where's that suncream?

what to pinch out????

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 11:14

I like Dr Hessayon's "Expert" series. A little dated now but nice and clear with instructions which are easy for idiots like me to follow. B&Q used to do them but have now moved to Alan Titchmarsh. Last time I was in there they were selling the Hessayon ones off, so may be worth a look.

The Vegetable Expert is a particularly handy little book. You can buy it on Amazon for under £3 delivered.


what to pinch out????

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 14:46

You need to plant your lupins out as soon as they are filling the pot as they are vigorous plants. Put them in a seed bed enriched with compost/manure/gromore about 9 - 12 inches apart and then move to your herbaceous border or other permanent position in the autumn or spring. You don't need to pinch out. They are unlikely to flower this year and if they do I would suggest you cut the flower stems off as soon as you see them as this will give you stronger plants. (First year flowers won't be very impressive anyway).

In general I find lupins quite easy to grow, hardy and reliable, but they are a bit of a slug magnet, so you need to take precautions.


Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 22:36
Kate Bradbury wrote (see)
I've just found a dung beetle in my nettle bucket! So exciting!
Last year I spent a good half hour watching dung-flies mating in the bucket of nettle leaves

Kate, you really need to get out more!

Talkback: How to earth up potaotes

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 18:37

@ Alison: Yes. Keep watering and also liquid feed weekly.

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