JIMMMY


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RABBITS!!! HELP!!!!

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 21:23

Hi,


I have chain link and chicken wire surrounding my plot!


Last summer when everything we germinating as they came though the soil they were eaten off,peas, beans,cabbage, kohl rabi,carrots, parsnips even gladioli stems as they emerged and they dug out the seed potato tubers!


I could not understand how they were getting in as there was chicken wire at ground level, the chain link upper most as the very small rabbits can squeeze though it, I have seen them do it!


A new plot holder had moved into the next plot,he was there one evening and said quite casually, my dogs were going berserk and I saw a rabbit on your plot, next thing it jumped the fence right into the jaws of my dog, end of rabbit.


I had not told him that I was having trouble with a rabbit, so he was not making it up!


I found it hard to believe as the wire is 4 feet high, but after that I did not loose any more seedling or plants.


Also, I never have seen any evidence of rabbits trying to burrow under the wire, only out on the paths between plots!


Cheers

potatoes

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 17:14

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I used to use lots of manure when planting my potatoes, but always had blight and the potatoes riddled by keel slugs making them unusable!


The old chap on the plot beside mine told me,manure only destroys potatoes, I (he) only use growmore, and he had the crop to prove it!


Two seasons ago I followed his advice, I did not use any manure only special potato fertilizer, and did not have any blighted or slug damaged potatoes, the same with last year, very large crop and very clean!


His and my potatoes we compared were Desire, so we were comparing like for like!


I practice crop rotation and also get loads of stable manure for free, I still use it but not for potatoes and also add it to my compost bins!


One of the beds I grew them in last year was were I grow carrots, parsnips and beetroot which i have added riddled compost and lots of sand to, the potatoes from that part were exceptional, good size and very clean!

Lupins from Wilkos

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 21:04

Because of the thick root system, lupins bought bare root are very difficult to get growing, I have tried and failed!


Best to buy seed, not the cheapest packet as they usually have poorly packed flower stems, wildly spaced, they grow easily and you can save seed from the best one!


As lupins are usually short lived, you can take and propagate from soft cuttings easily, again of any that you like!


Good luck!

Agapanthus from Van Meuwen

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 14:54

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Lily


If you really want them, go ahead and purchase them, as with free postage they will not break the bank!


If they do not do well and you have not got great expectations, then you will not be disappointed, good luck!


Also with plants of that size I would expect from previous experience you would be looking more like three to four years to see flowering stems appearing!


Cheers!

Gardener's World Strawberry offer

Posted: 25/12/2016 at 17:59

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Don't know about strawberry plants, but bought  six perennials (lupins/anemones) from Mr F, they arrived almost dead, sodden wet compost, little top growth, should never have been sent out, another useless supplier as far as I am concerned!


Who ever picked them for despatch knew little about plants!

Camassias

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 22:13

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Cheers I have just ordered some to try!


Jimmmy

Camassias

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 13:02

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Hi,


Has anyone grown Camassias, if so what has been your experience?


Easy to grow, come back year after year, or a waste of time and effort!


Cheers!

Growing Japanese anemones

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:03

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.Repeat post, "IF IT AINT BROKE DON'T FIX IT" old Chinese proverb!


They broke it but have not or cannot fix it!


It has been a pest ever since some one decided to update, and downgrade!

Growing Japanese anemones

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:29

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Hi Verdun,


Earlier in the year I bought a WS just coming into flower in a three litre pot in a local GC for £8.99.


They told me it was very difficult to grow, I certainly know that as they appear to have a death wish, but I bought it anyway!


I managed to get a rooted stem off it without damaging the main plant, and it is growing well and quite a size now, though no flower buds yet!


The main plant has flowered since I bought it, but so far I have not been able to get any more bits to propagate, maybe when it has finally finished flowering!


The GC did not have any more WS plants in any time I was there!


Cheers for now!

Growing Japanese anemones

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:16

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My Jap anemones "hate" being dry, during the past days here it has been very windy, dry and warm, when I come in from work they have flopped over and only recover when I drench with lots of water, it has been just the same the next evening!


So I would advise don't plant in a dry area! 


Also they probably are only rooted stems not fully growing plugs, that's what I have received from them in the past when I bought other perennials from them!


They probability will not bulk up and flower for years as I was given a semi double white one in a 9cm pot two years ago and it is still a tiddler, which had one miserable little flower on it this year!


Cheers!

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