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cuttings from wallflowers

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 08:21

I take cuttings off the perennial wallflowers, and they flower the following year. I dont see why the other sort should be any different, but if you let them run to seed, and sow the seed in July, the resultant plants will flower next spring.


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 14:46

The top bit looks dead, but very often it will send shoots up from the stem at ground level.  Dont give up yet.  Keep it warm and just damp. Dont feed unless it starts growing well.


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 14:07

Sorry Wintersong,. 

...and I went to a Grammar school too.


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 11:48

Ive been looking for the april fool in the newspapers. I cant decide whether its the multimillionaire hobbit who sends his kids to private school, asking us to vote labour. Or maybe the Getty grandson found dead, naked from the waist down, with blunt force trauma to the rectum, who apparently died of natural causes.

Or maybe it's the scottish woman who wants no cap on benefits, because its ok for someone who has no intention of working to have more money than a couple who each work 40 hours a week on minimum wage.

Maybe I'll just go and chop the heads off a few buddlejas.

Cucumber Problems

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 11:34

Sink a little jam jar or cup nearby in the soil, and fill with beer, bitter or pale ale not lager. The slugs drown themselves in it.


Posted: 31/03/2015 at 15:53

I've got a new vase of battered daffs too.

I've cut up the last crown prince squash to make soup.  I like them better than butternut, so I think we'll grow some more this year.  Onions are nearly finished too.

We've still got lots of blackcurrant jam...its not allowed on the diet, no bread to put it on. I haven't been up the garden to check on the polytunnel yet.  The top Oak is doing a whomping willow impression.

problems with keyboard

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 12:17

What are you using? phone, tablet or laptop?

30 year old sheep manure?

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 08:22

You could check for herbicide residues such as clopyralid or aminopyralid by filling a pot with the manure, and growing a few tomato seeds in. If there are herbicide residues, then the tomato leaves grow all twisted. If that happens I wouldnt use it. Dow promoted the use of these herbicides all over.  It stays in the grass, which animals eat and is passed out unchanged. I would test it before you risk spoiling your veg beds. 

30 year old sheep manure?

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 08:13

If you were local, I'd help you. I bet it's great for growing pumpkins and courgettes in. As you're in Canada, I'll have to pass.

Ideas for Sept wedding flowers

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 20:52

Dahlias should be flowering all through September.

Plenty of tubers still in the garden centres , supermarkets and wilkos.

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Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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