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Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:32

I stored all my tubers in a box pushed under a wardrobe so to keep them in the dark. They all survived and 2 weeks ago I potted them all up and I now have shoots about 4 inches tall. I usually put the whole tuber in a pot of damp compost but leave the old stem sticking out.


Posted: 19/02/2013 at 12:10

No such thing as recycling here certainly not garden wise, and I dont think anything wise. In Autumn people burn leaves and the rest of the year all garden rubbish is burned too. Ive no idea what the compost is as all the writing is in Hungarian but to me it seems dead abit like the cheap stuff you can puy at UK petrol stations. Its heavy hard and crumbly, theres no sign of any fertilizer or perlite in it and no sign of any peat or peat substitute either. Now the garden is almost finished id like to start my hanging baskets and tubs but until I can find something that doesnt turn hard in summer its a waste of time and money so I was wondering if I added some peat (Its here in abundance) perlite (havent seen it yet) and slow release ferilizer it might help it, as it certainly cant do it any harm. When I say smell Busy-Lizzie I mean that lovely earthy smell you get in some composts.

Talkback: Moles

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 00:17

In answer to Cholet comment on moles you obviously dont have a problem with moles otherwise you would understand why people will try anything to get rid of them. Imagine a  lovely clump of Tulips just coming into flower the next day all wilted and when you touch the leaves they all come out the ground minus bulbs, the next day another clump and then in the afternoon the same thing happens to a nice clump of daffodils. Lovely new plants mainly perennials planted a few days later wilting why the moles have run under half of them eating all the roots as they go and without roots no plants so on the compost heap they go and I never even saw them flower. My lawn can sink after heavy rain anywhere up to 6 inches where their runs are and one year after a bad winter we took a truck up the garden to remove some rubble and the ground just caved in with the weight ontop of the mole runs. It took my husband and 2 friends nearly 2 days to jack it up and fill the ground in so we cld move the truck. Yes you can put soil in the hole and some seed then an hour later they ve come up again so you do the same again then half an hour they ve pushed it all out again and this can go on for hours until I or the mole gives up. Ive even stuck a stone down the hole to try and move them on but the next day the stone is up in the middle of a mole hill. Until you have moles you will never under understand the destruction they can cause and its not just lawns they destroy when they want a rest from grass they then start on all yr plants.


Posted: 18/02/2013 at 23:46

I live in a country where John Innes composts dont exist only whats produced here the trouble is its black stains my hands has no smell at all and just doesnt feel right.  Does anyone know why its like this and is there anything I can do to improve it enough to make it useable.


Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 23:08

They are lovely just shows you cant beleive everything the books tell you.

Talkback: Planting to cut winter fuel bills

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 22:49

My house wall are 18 inches thick and the saying "they keep the house cool in summer" is true but they do not keep the house warm in winter. The disadvantage of old houses is the walls are solid so no cavity to fill with insulation. A modern house for all the walls are thin they can be insulated so in return the house is far warmer.

Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 22:12

I had a look in my rose book and it said trim roots and give the tap root a good hard prune that will encourage fiberous roots to grow. Whats the rose called thats going in a pot as it recomends not to plant climbing rambler or shrub roses as they are too vigorus.

Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 19:00

Put crocks in the bottom of the pots no need for anything else, and yes you can trim the roots.

Seeds are up

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 18:58

From what I heard it was for alot of things.

Seeds are up

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 16:27

Bitterly cold here but the sun was shinning so thought Id better go shopping in case I get snowed in again. Glad I did! all the new bulbs are in the shop so came home with a bag full. I got 10 new lillies called Innocent Lady its white and double has anyone got it. Ive searched the internet and only 2 sites in the USA come up, I tried uk search and nothing!. They seem expensive over there as 6 were about $32 I think around £20 -  I payed £10 for 10. Also bought Nerines and some Regal lilys a nice white dahlia only small flowered tho (dont like the really big ones) and Childanthus lovely perfumed yellow flowers. Got some more seeds, here they are 12p a pkt I think cheaper than the UK. Ammi visnag Nicotina sylvestris and Euphorbia Marginata the leaves are variagated. I dont know if you can grow that over there as it cant take v wet soil so I think thats most of the UK ruled out

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