Latest posts by Fairygirl

Should I be worried?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:57

Lettuce prefer cooler conditions on the whole. I'd sow more, and not cosset them so much, but you might get something from those. You could use them as a cut and come again crop for a while.

Just get them somewhere in better light, and don't let them get so warm. That's the reason for them being leggy, as nut has said. Is there a reason why you don't have the little growhouse outside? The lettuce would be better out in that when you sow them again. They're not as good as  proper greenhouses, for lots of reasons, but they keep the worst of the weather off when plants are small. That's all lettuce usually needs.  

I don't grow aubergine, so don't know if they need more warmth. They certainly need better light though. Always a little tricky at this time of year to get the balance right 

Tomato seeds and seedlings

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:48

I use MPC, and pots. Pot on as they grow, and bury them well each time (up to the first set of leaves) to encourage rooting higher up. Contrary to popular belief, they don't need a lot of feeding. Only feed when the first truss sets, and they only need a couple of feeds after that. 

Good ventialtion if they're undercover to prevent pests and diseases. You can remove quite a bit of foliage later to help prevent mildew etc. Consistent watering is also important. They don't need to be kept moist, you can let them dry out quite a bit in between waterings, but stick to whatever regime you started out with.

It's when you create soft, sappy growth that you're more likely to get issues. I grow mine much harder now, after listening to Italophile's advice on here in the past. 

Are there any roller mowers that can mulch?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:41

I would have thought that rolling would compress the grass too much for mulching to be efficient. 

Not something I would do anyway though. I'm not  a great believer in mulching grass as we're constantly told that grass neeeds good air flow, and mulching seems to do exactly the opposite! Perhaps I've completely misunderstood the process though.

I thought the same about the stripes too Hosta   

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:32

Yes - a complete myth about camellias needing acid soil. Neutral is absolutely fine.

Have to be more careful with them in containers - drying out is probably the biggest issue. Strangely, it's in wetter areas that it's vital to be careful with watering, because it's easy to think the rain will do it, which of course, it won't. Using a soil based compost - not MPC - is also vital, as with any plant in a pot long term. 

They grow like weeds up here, but the flowers often get such a battering from the weather just as they flower, that it's almost not worth growing them. I gave up on them for that reason. The pale flowered ones, in particular , look dreadful when the flowers get thrashed with wind and rain. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:27

Morning Hosta and Dove and those to come. Afties Pat if you're around

Enjoy your driving Hosta - always good if it's not chucking it down   

Dry here after rain overnight, and very mild - 7 when I took fairylet to work. Wall to wall fog on the hills though so I'm having to rethink what I do or where I go. 120 miles to do a not very exciting hill isn't really worthwhile, but it's only the far east that's to clear. Perhaps I could go somewhere locally at lower level, which I don't really like. Have to do summat 

A quick catch up here first and then some porridge 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 20:50

I got the email confirming the date, but I also told them  I might cancel within the fourteen days if they didn't buck their ideas up. Wasting my breath really...

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 20:45

Totally agree Obelixx. They could do with a back to basics type of slot for people who are novices. After all, we were all novices at one point. I think G's W should be at the forefront of that type of info, even though it might be a bit boring for more knowledgeable folk. 

Visits to stately homes or gardens of the rich and famous are all very well, but what use is that to the majority? Basic info is a must for most gardeners. Look at the number of posters on this forum who are asking questions as they're just starting out. They need help and encouragement. A little slot which could be seasonal, with seed sowing and cutting taking, and how to follow those up would surely be very useful. Other subjects like pruning as the year goes on, and maintenance suited to an average garden would also be ideal. Wouldn't need to be long - but could be a continuing theme. 

I appreciate they can't cater for everyone - even in an hour long programme - but I think they've lost that type of item. I still feel the programme is just a pleasant way to spend half an hour rather than being informative. 

Just my opinion, for what it's worth. I'm sure lots of people will give me grief for it though 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 20:33

They're a right royal pain in the h**e, Dove. Hopeless - the whole lot of them  

They sent me a link to activate the new account, and you then fill in all the usual cr*p,  but the start date said 23rd August. Should be 28th March. You couldn't make it up. No wonder people can't be a**ed changing

Did  the online chat, and had to repeat myself with endless details. Told the person I wasn't impressed if they couldn't even get that right, and that I wanted an email showing the correction.  I ain't holding my breath...

Feet are up, but I have to go and pick up fairylet from her shift at work at about 9pm  

Clematis montana

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 20:24

Add some wires across your fence and prune a few stems back as well. You can do that throughout the year until you get it slightly more under control, rather than pruning it all back in one go. You might find that easier.  Whatever you do, you'll lose flowers for a while, but it means you'll get a better plant over time. Montanas don't need pruning in the same way as a Group 3 clematis, for instance, but that doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't prune them. They just have a different habit.

Keep tying in new growth up and down and across the fence, wherever you want it to go. Left to it's own devices, it'll just go up, and you'll be back where you started.  

It'll reward with you with more flowers after a couple of years if you do that   

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 19:48

Evening all .Been slightly awol today as I've been dealing with a few things (switching utilities) and cleaning  

Rain eventually went off and I did a couple of bits and pieces outside. A murky, misty sort of day, but quite pleasant - about 8 or 9 degrees and no wind. Very mild for the time of year. 

Fogsville again for tomorrow, but to clear up a bit later in the day, so I'll head north east and try and catch a little hill at Braemar if the fog clears enough. Getting stir crazy, hill wise 

Grass needs cut here as it's started growing with the rain and mild temps,  but it's too wet to be on it, so that'll have to wait a while. 

Your 'space' looks good Hosta. Bet your pleased with all your hard work. Helps keep that lithe figure you've got too  

Glad you arrived safely BL. 

Can't keep up with everything else here - I've only had a quick swatch at posts, so I'll just say hello to everyone and hope you've had a goodish day. Cop out I know...

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