Green Magpie


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Beware bark chippings!

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 10:46

Update on the above: I have now, cautiously, replaced the bark on a couple of test plants, and then on the rest. They are fine. Before I did this, I spread the bark out in a wheelbarrow to expose it to the air for a couple of days,  as one theory is that toxic gases build up in the pack.


So .....  my conclusion is that somehow the combination of freshly opened chippings, cool winds and lots of water have combined to cause the problem. Perhaps the watering  caused the new shoots to sprout just as the winds cooled, and the bark was stressing the plants???   Each of the variables (cool weather, water, and bark) individually seemed to be tolerated.I don't suppose we'll ever know for sure, but the good news is that my hedge looks like surviving.

Watering

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 10:35

I don't water every day, unless it's very dry and hot . Mangetout certainly don't need daily watering, and may not need watering at all until they're podding. Beans and toms and cucumbers like a good drink, but not necessarily every day.

Propagating Elder

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 20:21

Loosen the bag for a day or so, to let the plant adjust, and then take it off. Once it's rooted there'll be no stopping it! Let the roits get well established before moving it on, either to a bigger pot or to open ground.

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:15

Yes,  I have the new guide and Eden is in there. Best check before travelling, as they sometimes have special events etc. 

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 09:40

Some of the gardens (166 of the 400, they say) do offer the alternative of a half-price single entry. Seems fair enough to do this - many single people have less spare cash than couples.

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 08:31

I realise I wrote "globes" instead of "gloves". Apologies. Whether your globes are suitable or not is an entirely private matter.

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:20

I've just bought my copy, sold as a "Sainsburys Value Pack".  It cost £5.99 but this included the gloves, which fit my (female) hands very well, and by a happy coincidence also feature one left and one right hand, which is what I happen to have, so that's good. I also got six packets of seeds, most of which I can use.

But best of all this month - and I think this applies to all including subscription versions - is the 2-for-1 garden entrance card, with its directory of gardens where you can use it. This includes the Eden Project, Kew, and over 400 other gardens, and is reusable for a whole year. If you ever visit gardens, this is a real bargain, with or without globes of dubious suitability.

Potato problem

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:55

I grow Charlotte. Every year I set them out to chit, then two months later, they look just the same,so I plant them anyway. They do fine. I tell myself that perhaps they have begun to chit internally and are just waiting to burst forth when they're planted, but I don't know whether it makes the slightest difference. Don't worry about it.

Ironically, supermarket potatoesin the veg rack in the kitchen are sprouting after  a week or two. Perhaps I should put my seed potatoes there and pretend I'm planning to eat them,  so as to scare them into chitting.

Supporting peas in container

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 22:07

If you choose a dwarf variety, you can just push some twiggy sticks in among them  for support.

Beware bark chippings!

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 08:55

 I am sure the compost is tittering at our comments!

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