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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:33

Started off dull & dampish in WManchester today. Ended up quite warm with some sun.

I have moved a lot of plants from the coldframes to by house walls to finish hardening off. Things from the greenhouse are now in the coldframes, slightly open. Tomato plants are now in closed up greenhouse along with the morning glory seedlings. The tomatoes were just getting too big in the porch. I'll get them finally potted up next week.

Fleece sheets are to hand, but so far so good.... J.

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:25

I always do the sedums, phlox, taller campanulas, turtleheads- they look good if they are 'layered'. Definitely saves the need for frantic late staking when they all flop after heavy rain/late in season.

This yr being 'late' shall start it next week. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:47

WManchester- not too cold overnight after all. Today has been predominately dry & even some sun! Then this evening we've had a couple of thunder claps & now it's steady rain- good because I forgot to water in the planting I did earlier!! J.

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.

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