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Talkback: Winter flowers and bumblebees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 16:55

Bess will come out to feed any time the weather is warm enough - some are still around now when the sun shines. Ivy is an important food plant for them at the moment. I've also seen bees on the white flowers of Fatsia, and in the clematis (Freckles). It's surprising what they can find at any time of year.

Label what label

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 22:06

Yes, it sounds like oxalis and I think it's pretty tough. We have some of this in odd places in our borders and it seems to keep coming back each year.

Use off used compost

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 22:04

I sometimes leave the old compost in the bottom half of the pot and replace the top layer with fresh stuff to get the new plants off to a good start. The rest of the old compost can be used as a soil conditioner elswhere in the garden.

And listen, there is no need to apologise for asking a simple question. As someone else has said, the only stupid question is the one you are too afraid to ask.

Every time someone asks a basic question, lots of other people read the answer and think, "Ooh, I'm glad he asked that, I was wondering too!"

GW free tulips in oct issue

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 20:40

Welll, I tried to order these bulbs on 29 Oct and found the webiste charged me £5.60 for the bulbs pllus £4.95 for postage, which is not what the offer on the website says. I e-mailed them, and have had only an acknowledgement so far. But reading these accounts of mouldy bulbs makes me think perhaps I'm well out of it!

Leaf Mould!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 17:45

Great, I hope the rain keeps off for you.

In the meantime, perhaps you should get your PR consultant to reconsider your choice of trade name ...

Leaf Mould!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 08:41

James, you could turn this to your advantage:

"I am James, of Clueless Gardener Services. I offer a leaf-collection service at very reasonable rates. I supply the bags and remove your leaves for, say, £1 a bag ...."

 

Everlasting Spinach....( And Chard )

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 16:30

If it's what is usually known as Perpetual Spinach (aka Spinach Beet) it's not everlasting. All that "perpetual" means is that you can grow it virtually all year ,as it's very hardy and won't go to seed as easily as the more delicate summer spinach. Chard behaves in much the same way.

You should sow fresh seeds each spring, and then at intervals through to late summer (if you want). The crops should keep going all winter on a cut-and-come-again basis. Eventually they do start to shoot up and get tough and leggy, but by this time your new crops will probably be just about ready.

A good crops for anyone with pet rabbits or guinea pigs, by the way! But also a useful standby for humans.

Leaf Mould!

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 17:51

Quite a lot of leaves in our garden do end up getting stuck in the corners, underneath bushes, etc, but we still gather up most of them for composting.

I think that if you try to use them as mulch, they'll blow around and end up in useles heaps in the corners, by walls etc, or littering your lawns and paths. I suppose this does little harm, but it may provide a cosy retreat for slugs and snails, and sometimes it may smother little plantlets or seedlings that are struggling to reach the light.

You can put them all in with the other compost, but if there are substantial layers of leaves, they may not break down as fast as the rest, and this may delay the time when the compost is ready to use. We keeps ours separate, so that if the leaf mould isn't ready but the compost is, we can use the compost and cover up the leaves for a while longer.

Leaf Mould!

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 14:55

Hope it lived up to expectations - if not, just close the bag again and leave it a while longer, maybe even another year. If it seems dry, add some water because leaf mould needs to be kept damp. Apart from that it's just a matter of time and patience.

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 14:49

I have a feeling Monty said he'd picked up those pots in some bargain clearance or garage sale or something, and I remember thinking, "Wow, he was lucky!". The nearest I've found to that sort of bargain was in a closing-down sale at a GC, but the pots I got were not nearly as big as that.

Look out for garden or garage sales, maybe car boot sales, because stuff like that can turn up in house clearances etc. But if you're looking for them new, it'll cost you!

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