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Planting Allium Bulbs

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 20:07

Plant alliums deep especially the big purple pom pom types, like globemaster, or they split and form lots of little bulbs after the first year, and they don't flower as well.

should i just give up or buy a new fork!?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 20:00

Get a spear and jackson neverbend rootbreaker.

I broke a fork last year trying to dig up jap anemones in clay.

This does the job.


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:12

Yes, As long as each split has a growing point or shoot. best done in spring when they start to grow.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 17:50

I need your address, Victoria. PM me. I am posting tomorrow.

Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:53

Mix in lots of grass cuttings, Use a builders bag if you can get one and havn't got a spare compost bin. If not heap it up , wet it and put a tarpaulin or even old compost sacks over it.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:51

Last call for my list.

my seed list. all out of my garden.

Aquilegias, mainly doubles or barlow type.

raspberry ripple(red and white many layers)

nora barlow, red barlow, black barlow, lilac pom pom.

Mirabilis jalapa

Paeonia mlokosewitchsii blushing molly

Thalictrum black stockings

Thalictrum aquilegifolium

Thalictrum sphaerostachyum

Francoa sonchifolia

Salvia patens deep blue

Angelica gigas but green flowered not red, might be mislabelled.

Tall cosmos. deep pink flowered.

Pale pink astrantia

Mullein  biennial verbascum bananas and custard.

Anybody wanting any, please PM me your address, and what you want.


 Lyn, foolio, keep it live, fishy65, I am sending yours out this week. Sorry about the delay.

Can you identify this for me please?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:43

Potato seed pods are round are look like tomatoes. (same family but poisonous)

They look like tubers that havn't had the time to swell very much.

Can you identify this for me please?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:39

They look like small potato tubers to me.

Insect bites

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 10:14

Oral non drowsy antihistamine such as loratidine or cetirizine plus  eurax hc cream. The eurax bit stops the itch. The hydrocortisone bit stops inflammation and swelling. If the swelling carries on after 24 hours, go to doctor for antibiotics, probably flucloxacillin unless you are allergic to penicillins.

Prevention is always better than cure.

Skin so soft oil, citronella oil, DEET containing insect repellants, but they wont stop an annoyed wasp or spider.


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 10:00

SIL Sister in law

MIL mother in law

OH other half

UG undergardener also known as OH

FYM farm yard manure

FBB fish, blood and bone fertiliser

MPC  multi purpose compost.

When talking about one genus eg Salvias, once the genus has been mentioned, other species or varities in that genus can be abbreviated to capital letter and dot e.g.

S. Patens or for verbenas, V. Bonariensis, which in a prolonged conversation about Verbena bonariensis is likely to be shortened to VB...... not to be confused with gossip mags where VB is Victoria Beckham.

LOL  lots of laughs.

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