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Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:52

I find rudbeckia cherry brandy to act like an annual, even though its supposed to be perennial. On the other hand it germinates well, and I have two seed trays full. Somehow I seem to have ordered it from two places. I'll have to get some  to you Mrs Garden.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:34

If you work a section at a time, forking out any roots, you can then plant and weed through the season. If you spray everything with glyphosate now, you have to wait until everything has died down before you can fork it out and then plant. You will lose most of this season. If it is infested with bindweed then glyphosate is probably the way to go.  Do you know what weeds there are?

Topsoil help needed

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:48

Digging holes in the clay will mean that even if you put well drained compost, you are in effect putting it in a clay pot sunk in the soil. I would add as much fibrous compost as you can get to the whole area and mix well in. Clay with a lot of added  humus can be very  fertile and productive.  If you want  to make separate beds for plants that require sharp drainage and sandy soil, consider raised beds. It is easier to plant plants suitable for the conditions, rather than trying to drastically alter it.

Stratification of Seeds

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:43

Mark, what is the purpose of the  hydrogen peroxide.? I have never heard of this method.

Stratification of Seeds

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:41

The usual method of stratification is to sow in Autumn, and place outside or in a cold frame for the winter. They then germinate in Spring.  I find tender subjects need  heat to germinate and not prolonged chilling.

Stratification of Seeds

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:35

Dahlias come from mexico and other south american countries. they don't need stratification. They need heat. Once they are up, any frost will kill them.

My dahlia seeds that I sowed two weeks ago in a cool greenhouse have germinated and  I pricked them out today.

 Some plants need stratification, usually those that come from cold countries, like alpines.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:13

Stacey, get some blackout curtains or thick  curtain liners. You know it makes sense. Otherwise little one will be getting up at 5 am in June.

Lovely hellebores , by the way.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:31

Why, what have you been doing , Orchid Lady?

I have potted up Dahlia and Cosmos seedlings, and split up 3 cannas into 10 and potted them on....  and picked a bag of kale and broccoli for dinner. and got rained on.

Apple and plum trees for small garden

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:18

If you are only having one apple tree, you need to make sure there is a suitable pollinator nearby. Otherwise a family tree with three compatible varieties on might be a better option.Victoria plums are self fertile and can be grown on their own.

Tomato Feed - Yes or No

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:11

I don't feed tomatoes until the first truss is set, but seaweed and magnesium sounds ok for toms.

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