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Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:38

Don't underestimate the experience and interest that's likely to be housed within the 112 bed care home - as Stephen 7 says above it's possible some of the residents would like to lend a hand (but may need to be asked / persuaded if they think it's not their place to offer?).  

My grandad passed away a couple of years ago now but he maintained a greenhouse and some of the borders in the care home where he lived into his early 90's.  It was also surprisingly 'political' too - disagreements amongst residents on things we may consider not that important so word of caution...if you plan on pulling up anything or similar you may want to canvas opinion first!!

Good luck in the new job - hope it goes well and you pick up some skills that can then translate back to your own garden!



plant pots

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:23

For anyone interested I ended up ordering through ScotPlants Direct.  

Arrived yesterday and very happy with packaging and the quality of the pots so can happily recommend (they also have a 10% off deal on at the moment with a code at checkout).

Luckily the delivery coincided with another delivery of over £100 worth of bulbs too

Can you plant tulip bulbs in the Spring?

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:25

One thought would be to take photos of the beds throughout the year - I have tried to do that this summer to rearrange a couple of borders when the plants become dormant (some plants that are too tall are at the front with some shorter plants at the back!).  

Appreciate that doesn't answer your question (sure someone else will be along soon!) but might help with the issue!

I'd have thought most spring bulbs will have already started sprouting by the spring whether they are planted or not so it should work OK - I seem to recall there were stands on the market selling off bags of daffs that had started sprouting (they would probably still flower that year if planted).  Bigger risk might be damaging the plants you already have in the ground if you were trying to plant more close by?

plant pots

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 13:33

Thanks all - Oakland Gardens on ebay look good value.

plant pots

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 14:16

Just searched the forum for "Plant Pots" and this is the thread I found but it doesn't really help answer my question - I was in Wilko's just now and the range wasn't very large and was focused more on 'display' pots (too early for their 'grow your own' range because the BBQ aisle is still stocked!).

Looking on ebay I have seen these:

Anyone ordered them before or have a view?  Postage very high but they do multiple discounts on the same pot styles (i.e. order some 5 litre, 7.5 litre and 10 litre pots and pay one P&P charge).

Price seems reasonable and quality looks good to me but would welcome alternatives from anyone that has bought elsewhere online?


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!

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