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Green Magpie


Latest posts by Green Magpie

Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:59

Yes, don't give up. I have some long-established nerines and the leaves all die back before there's any sign of flower buds. They may flower yet, and if not this year, then next, as they'll have been building up strength in the bulbs this year.

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 08:39

Many thanks, one and all. I will take out the runners immediately - well, as soon as the rain stops.

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 08:17

They're Honeoye, which are a fairly early variety. I guess that reinforces what you're saying. I could always pot up the runners (some are already rooted) and find space for them elsewhere, I suppose.

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 18:06

In August I replanted the runners on my old strawberry plants, and also bought six new plants to put in a new bed. They're all growing well and looking healthy -  in fact the new plants are putting out runners and forming new plantlets already. Should I allow these to grow on into new plants, or remove them?

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 18:02

I find chard to be as tough as old boots, and able to withstand hard winters without protection.

The leaves on mine are still being chomped to ribbons by caterpillar or something, as are my black kale plants. They're not netted but the birds are simply not cooperating by eating the beasties. I just hope the colder weather will soon reduce the insect population.

shallots

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 19:11

I keep mine until the spring - saves worrying about the effects of winter frosts/floods. They've done very well this year.

Squash Query

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 17:26

Thanks, I found that useful too. I have a single squash plant that I was given by a friend, who said it was a butternut squash, but so far the fruits are pale green striped (the largest one is about 4 inches long now). Is it perhaps not a butternut? Or do some squashes have stripes when they're juveniles, like some mammals? Can't be for camouflage, though, so I'm confused. I suppose time will tell.

clematis-through-apple-tree---ok-or-not

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 09:13

Yes, the big strong ones (Armandii and Montana, which yours doesn't look like) are to be treated with caution. We let one of each of these grow up through old - and eventually dead - apples trees. In the end the trees fell over, probably helped by the weight of the huge clematis. The Montana has survived, by being attached to a second tree, which it now reaches by straggling across the ground; the Armadii has died.

clematis-through-apple-tree---ok-or-not

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:32

I can't see any reason not to do this. I have two rather manky old pear trees and I have trained two Viticella-type clematis to grwo through them in the summer. They look really pretty.

beetroot-sowing

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:28

I tried an August sowing once and they came to nothing, They germinated and then just stuck there with a few pathetic leaves. They do need a certain amount of warmth, and below that level they just won't grow. But you probably have spare ground and not a lot to lose, so you could give it a try, in the hope of some more hot weather.

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