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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 16:53

It was awful this morning- heavy rain, cold & windy. This afternoon it's actually brighter & dryer with some sun, but the wind has increased again. No gardening was planned for today, apart from opening/closing coldframes. Tomorrow maybe? J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:50

Just West of M/C central, driving back from The Trafford Centre late lunchtime it was hailing!!

Last night didnt get as cold as forecast, dull & dampish first thing- hence the retail therapy. This afternoon became bright & dry so I potted up my dahlias & chocolate cosmos into their final pots. Because of the garden's slug population. I grow them all in pots on the patio. They are still in the unheated greenhouse for the time being. J.


Box plants in Containers

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:41

Planting them in a border soil is probably the best, but depending on how long they've been in the containers & how big they may be could make the job of digging out a large enough planting hole quite a task.

I've got 2 quite elderly box plants in containers that do need repotting. Instead I have removed a couple of inches of the top of the old compost & replaced it with new stuff- mine in this case, but John Innes no3 for permanent plants would be the best if you have to buy it in.

I'll also take some cuttings in June, when I do the trim & that gives me new plants for when I do need to replace the originals. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:29

In a word-wild today.

One minute chucking it down, next bright sun. I have opened up the coldframes & uncovered in greenhouse, but think today will be better spent indoors. J.

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:19

IME some varieties do return in the borders & I'm always pleased to see them. I now grow mine in pots & throw them away when over.

Word of warning- dont put tulip bulbs in your compost bin, or 'they will come back to haunt you' (Helen Yemm)! I suspect that's where some of my 'border' ones have come from. J.

Slugs v Campanula

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:14

IME slugs love certain Campanulas. Many a 'choice' variety has disappeared from my garden.

I now have copper rings to put round the stems of emerging plants & that does seem to help. J.


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:10

I'd use the compost, but I wouldnt want ant powder anywhere near any vegetable plants.

Ants nesting in/invading compost bins are a sign that the compost is too dry- try watering the contents. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:06

BTW Zoomer my OH does a 'mean' Focaccia... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:04

Did I say no damage done? Was planting out some hardy stuff yesterday & realised that one of our tv ariels is hanging loose. That explains the 'hollow' banging sounds I kept hearing causing me to keep going out to check on a coldframe lid! It's obviously a redundant one though as no problems with tv noticed- apart from the longstanding infuriating trick of trying to 'tape' things from Welsh channels which have rotten reception!

Today bang on 11am, as per forecast-wow, it began to rain & has been constant since. Managed to do quite a bit of potting on/pricking out in the greenhouse though.
The courgettes & beans are now too big for windowsills inside the house, so they are cloched in the greenhouse. 

Things in the 2 coldframes still cant be risked outside completely so a real 'traffic jam' still around here. J.

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 17:04

I had only 50% success this yr with some new, small tubers bought in. They werent expensive, so not too unhappy really.....

The big ones that I grow in pots from one yr to the next, including chocolate cosmos, are all over wintered in their wrapped pots & covered with fleece 'hats' in an unheated part-glazed porch that can be cold, but frost free.

I did end up tipping the non-starters out of their pots, & checking things out. Yes, still solid tubers with growing points, but nope, just didnt want to get going, despite the warm sunny windowsill.

Tomsk wrote (see)

I planted a couple of dahlia bulbs I bought in Lidl about a month ago and can't see any sign of them. I planted them when the cold weather ended. I've seen other bulbs and shoots appear, especially in light of the warm, sunny weather of the last week or so.

Are these something that needs to be planted in pots and kept in greenhouses at first? I just put them into the soil.

Chances are Tomsk that they're too cold still. They may have survived, but I'd check them out, very carefully, to see if any signs of life. IME They need to be started off inside, with some heat- windowsill in my case- & not put out/planted out until after the risk of the last frost for your area. J.


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