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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 09:41

Saturday was ok so sepnt 5 hours potting up and on but yesterday was a wash out - and very windy and cold.  W've got blue skies and sunshine in Cheshire this morning but that chill wind is still blowing.  Flippin' slugs are having a field day grrr

What compost mix for poataoes in sacks?

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 09:38

Great tips - thanx guys.  Lurpac on the list

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 09:56

My seedlings are damping off because it's so damp even in the greenhouse and short of putting the heater on I don't know what to do to help things - all the windowsills indoors are already full

Talkback: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009 - herbs for wildlife

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:05

I've got fennel and yes it sefl-seeds but they're easy to spot and remove before they get too big and they look gorgeous in winter with the frost on.  Do like the idea of  the bulb version for swallow tails tho

I'm growing nettles too. No I haven't gone mad - they've got quite shallow roots which run so to counter that I'm planting a clump in a buried container as you would mint.  They've been in a container that's no more than 10" deep since last August and they've made a lovely stand already so it's working.

I'm just desperate to get mor beutterflies in the garden so I'll try anything!

WIll go for the angelica sage and maybe the valerian this year

What compost mix for poataoes in sacks?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 19:49

To get the other half involved in more hands-on gardening I've bought him a set of 3 potato sacks and seed potatoes.  It was a little late and they've not chitted too well but I think they need to be planted now to have any chance.

What compost should we use?  I was thinking along the lines of peat-free shrub & tree, garden and mushroom.  Anything in that to sacre the horses or anything missing?

Any help gratefully received - I'm a flower gardener not a veggie!

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 19:44

I'm really excited this year too - FINALLY got to plant up both a Hot border and a cool border with plants I've been propagating and nursing for a few years. 

You're so right about getting the anchors in place - the things which don't like to be moved or which will mature to greater hights went in first, then the stuff that will grow to bigger clumps and are already quite mature but which can stand dividing in a couple of years, and finally the thinkgs which are easy to propagate and move anytime, like aquilegias and foxgloves.

Managed to get the last lot in 2 weekends ago before the rain started which I'm very pleased about - but now I'm soooo impatient for summer!

Then next year I can do as figrat says and thread grasses through - just need to let it settle in for a season I think.

How would this stipa cope in the wet/coldish north west?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 19:36

In Cheshire my sunflowers are desperate to get planted out but they're taking a battering even in the vold frame.  I'm not so worried about the rain or even the wind but those sudden fierce hail storms are a killer!

lilly of the valleys

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 19:33

Agree with that - I did it last year and they've come up lovely this year

Green Bug-Nasties on the Pea Family

Posted: 27/02/2012 at 08:10

I rescued some lupins from a 'garden'centre' last year but imorted a bug. It's pale green, squishy body, flightless and I think the early stage is tiny long & white

When I repotted them I washed the roots and leaves to get rid of them, but they not only came back on the Lupins but also infested my sweetpeas at the other end of the garden - never had anything other than the occasional freenfly on those before.

I've aquired a number of other lupins and overwintered them in a cold-frame - but now they've got the bug too.  I really want to get rid of them before I plant them out.

What are they and what can I do? 

How long to leave manure on the soil before planting

Posted: 27/02/2012 at 08:03

I'm hopeful of getting some well rotted stuff - over a year old - so the acidity shouldn't be a problem. 

Stephaniejane - what soil conditioner did you use?

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