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Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:44

From the look of those stems you should be giving the rest of us tips I think! (or maybe I just need more tips than you do!).

I grew them for the first time this year - partly in my 'flower bed' in my veg patch to use as cut flowers, partly in pots.  Yours look much straighter than mine - did you stake them at all?  I didn't which might be the mistake I made?  

Yours also seem to have bloomed along the stem for a long stretch of the stem (if that makes sense?!) - mine tended to have a shorter flowering section so that I had to pick off the bottom dead flowers as the higher flowers were coming into bloom. Not sure what could have caused that?!  Could in part be the variety I guess?

I've now cut the flower stems off and left the leaves on, and am continuing to water and occasionally feed them to prepare for next year.  Not sure if it's ok to 'heel them in' to another pot or flower bed until the leaves die back or whether it's too risky to disturb the roots?

So I'll be interested to see what forum experts can give in the way of advice re: planting, staking, feeding, watering, lifting, storing etc (they are my wife's fave flower so plan to grow more next year!)

Blackcurrant bush problems

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 12:55

I have had similar problem - see below for info taken off RHS website:

Blackcurrant gall midge: Tiny, white maggots feed on the shoot tips of blackcurrants and prevent leaves from reaching their full size. The affected leaves dry up and die. Shoot tips can also die back.  Remedy: In minor cases you can pick off the infested leaves (you will be able to see the white maggots with the naked eye). But beware that removing too many leaves will impact on the crop yield. There is no chemical control. The blackcurrants ‘Ben Connan’ and ‘Ben Sarek’ are resistant to blackcurrant gall midge.

I simply cut off the tops and the plant is doing fine. 

I didn't cover my bushes with netting and Mr & Mrs Blackbird have eaten more blackcurrants than me this year by far.  If yours aren't covered I suspect that birds are the main reason for a poor crop!

Strawberries - safe to pot up?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 12:16

The biggest issue I have, Welshonion, is remembering how old they are!  I think I need a better way of planting / labelling to identify first, second and third year plants.

Main objective really is to try and free up a large bed that current has (broadly) dormant strawberry plants in it.  I guess it's a trade off between getting another crop out of this space this year vs affecting the yield of the strawberry plants next year?

Strawberries - safe to pot up?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 14:13

Thanks Fleurisa - so if I have enough runners to pot up then I can simply replant them in the autumn and just compost the old plants?

That leaves the bed free to grow salads / courgette etc until that time.

Sounds like a plan (not just need to find the time to do it all...what a pain it is having to work...!)

Strawberries - safe to pot up?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 11:45

Morning all,

My strawberry bed is now slowing down and I've got copious pots of delicious jam ready to see me through the winter months!

Given the plants are taking up a valuable space in the garden (raised bed 1.5m x 3m long) how 'safe' is it to pot them up in some good compost to take up less space and overwinter?  Will I weaken the plants and make them less productive next year? 

I plan to throw away some of the older, less productive plants anyway and plant up some of the runners so my gut feel is that this should work OK - some of the most productive plants were from runners last year.

Would appreciate thoughts / guidance from some of the more experienced members on the forum - thanks in advance!

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:14

Ann your hubby must be very lawn-proud! 

I strive for such perfection but with my daughter and dog both having a ridiculous notion that a lawn is for PLAYING on it's an on-going challenge for me!

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:05

Reminds me of the Monty Python take on this classic hymn;

All things dull and ugly,
All creatures short and squat,
All things rude and nasty,
The Lord God made the lot.
Each little snake that poisons,
Each little wasp that stings,
He made their brutish venom.
He made their horrid wings.
All things sick and cancerous,
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous,
The Lord God made them all.
Each nasty little hornet,
Each beastly little squid--
Who made the spikey urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!
All things scabbed and ulcerous,
All pox both great and small,
Putrid, foul and gangrenous,
The Lord God made them all.

Ailsa Craig and free strawberries

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 15:45

Every day that passes I become more like my Grandad (sadly now departed).

It's raining and I think "That'll be good for the garden".

Kids playing football in the garden...  "Be careful of the flowers!!!!"

Dog running amock through my veg patch - dog 'gently persuaded' to leave!

Buying a decent nail brush to get the compost out from under my nails.

Overall finding please in getting muddy fingers and pottering about in my greenhouse.

I only wish he was still about to share his passion and knowledge with me and to take pride in what I've achieved in my garden through being inspired by him as a child.

Bit of an emotional post there, Palaisglide, off on a bit of a tangent from your original post but thanks for taking me on that journey!!

yet another rude online retailer...

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 15:39
jatnikapyar wrote (see)

You have not seen the full Email ImpHosta. By the way, how do you know that he "has sent you replacements anyway" I havent received them yet.

I can only go by what the supplier has stated in his email - that he has sent you replacement seeds. 

To echo Loganberry Hut's comments I have received a lot, lot worse from other suppliers but appreciate that you feel you haven't had good customer service in this instance - put it down to experience and buy elsewhere in the future I guess.

yet another rude online retailer...

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 13:58

Sorry to say I have a slightly different interpretation to you, Jatnikapyar - I don't think he was being rude and obnoxious but was actually giving you some advice on how to look after your seedlings (and has sent you replacements anyway).

His "50 years experience" comment is in the context that he is still learning even with 50 years experience, not "listen to me, I know best because I have 50 years experience".

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