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What's up with my strawberries?

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 17:48

Sorry Charlie - but you need to sort out the conditions you're growing them in. There's a lot of moss in those pots, as well as other weeds etc. Moss indicates shade and dampness - neither of which are great for growing strawberries. 

Take those leaves off and get them in some decent soil/compost with a slow release feed and put them somewhere sunny.

At the end of winter, strawbs need a tidy up - that's when to take off dead or damaged foliage and replace spent compost to rejuvenate them for the new season.  Mine looked exactly like that a few weeks ago. They're now green and healthy with lots of new foliage - ready for the new season.

Cold Frame design

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 17:26

Hi T'sW. If you're sitting it on decking, it needs to be raised up off it - the smae as any container.  I'd put an internal base on it to minimise water draining onto the deck. You could use exterior ply with lots of holes drilled into it, or a few battens with chicken wire or something similar.  To be honest, it's not ideal to have it on a deck though - it should be directly on open ground.

Insects will always be in and around pots or containers. It's what they do! 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 17:20

Liri - what are you doing re the planting? I'm sure if any forumites have plants going spare, we could forward them if they were of any use.

Great project - and a lot of hard graft you've all put in. 

It's warmed up here this afternoon - pity I was at work. It's reached double figures and the wind has dropped so it feels quite pleasant. I'm trying to decide if I should get out for a quick walk round about here before I do the dinner. I really hate it (low level stuff)  - need to change my mindset though and do a couple of little walks through the week in case I don't get any hills on weekends. If I don't - no more cake and buns for me!  

I received some lovely little plug plants in the post today. I'm not a fan of pelargoniums, but I've always fancied 'plummy'  Lord Bute (he doesn't know....)  Decided to treat myself. They look terrific - very healthy. Super little nursery to deal with too. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 08:04

Lovely pix Pat, and that cloud....

I love your art work too - it would be great if you could create more.  

Liri - I thought that was your train route. The road runs alongside the railway (or the other way round!) so that bit between Tarbet and Arrochar is one I'm very familiar with. There's part of the Loch Lomond section where you pass a viaduct ( takes you into Loch Sloy and the dam there) and that's where the access is to a couple of the Arrochar hills which you do from that side. The view from the train will be quite  different view from the one from the road  

Planting Suggestions

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 07:57

I doubt Escallonia or Hebe would thrive in that aspect and conditions. Improving the soil is easy enough, nut you can't improve the location. 

Choisya is a great candidate, and I'd add Viburnum, Amelanchier and Osmanthus to the list. All of those will do well in the conditions you have.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 07:54

Morning all/afties Pat - hope you're ok today and the trip goes well.

LP - have you been able to sleep? 

Haven't seen those before Joyce and Liri. Very delicate.

Good that you're making progress Clari. Light at the end of the tunnel - possibly, literally!

Keeping all fingers and toes crossed (when suitable) DD. Light and tunnels for you too I think 

Gey dreich today - no rain but just ugly cloud rather then nice ones, if that makes sense.

I'll have a quick look round before I head off. Have a good day everyone.

Rhododendron dying??? see photo - help needed

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 20:21

Yes - just snip the spent flowers off James. You can usually do it with your finger and thumb, but if you're unsure of doing that , use a pair of scissors or secateurs.  

Follow Joyce's advice re the watering (and it's something you'll get accustomed to with experience) but also make sure it gets enough water in the first few months, especially if there's a long dry spell. Your own climate and soil conditions wher you are will dictate how much and how often.

It's always better to water thoroughly once a week than sprinkle it with water every day. 


Rhododendron dying??? see photo - help needed

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 20:01

The flowers have just finished flowering James  

They can look a bit ropey, so it's good to deadhead if you can be bothered.It's normal for plants to have a little bit of transplant shock when newly planted too, especially when it's just at the point when they're about to bloom. They're very hardy plants, so they can take 10 - 15 degrees of frost on a regular basis without any problem.

If they've been grown undercover, it can be a bit of a shock when planted straight out, so if that's the case, it may simply be the sudden change in temps. It will recover, I'm sure 

Herb Pots size

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 19:56

I'm getting highly suspicious now nut ....


Posted: 18/04/2017 at 19:55

If the fence is yours, you can attach trellis as Angie suggests  - or just more fencing. If they pull it down - that's criminal damage.

If the fence belongs to both of you, another alternative is to put some posts in on your side and attach trellis (or wires) and grow climbers. It's certainly a quicker way of creating a screen. 

Or get some bareroot hedging in the autumn to plant inside the fence. It will still take a while to grow and establish. Privet might be the best solution, as it's virtually evergreen, and you could grow more ornamentals in front of itif the ground's nicely prepared.  I'd opt for beech or hornbeam as it's easier to keep tidy, and also retains it's foliage over winter. Again, you could have a nice border inside that. 

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