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Coffee husks

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 18:41

I've used used coffee grounds, is that what you mean by husks? I had to fork them into the soil a bit otherwise they went mouldy.  Some folk say they help keep the slugs and snails away and maybe they do a bit, that's why I used them and I put some around specific plants, kind of defeats that purpose a bit if it has to be dug in 'tho I did have moderate success. I also used crushed egg shells for the same reason. 

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 07:31
Judojub says:

Very informative thread this one. I am going to attempt to overwinter my dahlia this year. I have watched numerous instruction videos on it so hope I will be successful! The only thing I am not sure about is actually separating the tubers. Even after watching the videos I struggled to identify the 'eyes'. Would it be better for me to do this next spring when (and more importantly if) I can get new shoots to appear? ( assuming I don't do something drastically wrong and kill them that is).  

Any idiot proof advice for me would be fab!

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The "eyes" are where the stalks come out of the tuber. Easy to see at this time of year and when i cut mine back and lift to store over winter, I leave about 5 or 10cm of stalk so I can see more clearly where they will sprout from in springtime or late winter. I only ever divided my tuber once, years ago and at that time, after bringing it out of storage in feb, the eyes had sprouted again and it was easy enough to see where to divide them. I think it was successful but unless the tuber is really really big, then I would'nt do it. Hope this helps.


What to plant in a difficult site.

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:33

You could grow lots of spring bulbs in there and if you plant the right ones, they'll take you right through to June. They don't mind the shade at all. Also how about Bergenia there are some lovely ones and Ajuga also go for some Digitalis, the slugs do lilke them but once they get going, they're grand. You could start them off in pots maybe. I definately would'nt grow grass on it, it looks like a great spot you have there and the edging is lovely. Good luck, let us know how it goes. 

Cosmos xanthos

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:27

I grew Xanthos this year as well and have been delighted with it Verdun. Lots of lovely flowers, it was the 1st of my Cosmos to flower but it has gone over while Sensation and others that I can't remember the names of, are all still growing well.

I will grow it again next year and perhaps sow some later to take over when the 1st lot go over.... we'll see, often I run out of space to start the seedlings off, despite having a gh and perspex roof on my yard and now access to the poly tunnel at the allotment. 

Early preparation!

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:05

When buying your seeds for your Carrots, you'll find there are dozens to choose from and some are particularly suited to growing in containers and will be ready to eat quicker than a lot in the ground. As for Raspberries, the easiest to grow are the Autumn Fruiting ones, I grow Autumn Bliss but I know there are newer and more productive ones now. Blackcurrents are another thing to think of, easy to grow and very productive, some even in their 1st year so worth looking into. Good luck.

Lilly diseases

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 08:01

Depending on the weather, my Lilies often have blotches on them so it could be the weather to blame. Without seeing a pic I could'nt say it's a disease, although if it is then of course Ladybird4 is right and they should be destroyed. 

Geraniums from Thompson &Morgan

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 17:20

We ordered both the pelargonium and petunia night sky plugs from T&M this year and have been delighted with the petunia and the pelargonium are coming on well, some have buds on them. Both sets of plugs were kept inside the gh because of the bad weather but once hardened off came on well and the petunia have'nt stopped flowering. 

However, my Daughter ordered some scented perennials which got delivered to me by mistake this weekend, some are clearly not going to grow as they are in poor condition and I will not be able to give the others to her as we live way too far away. 

Subscription copy

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 15:56

I've had problems too, mine was with the May edition. I get 2 copies each month, the other subscription is paid for by my Daughter. I contacted them and had replacements sent and they were delivered by a courier. June's edition arrived as normal. Seems there are a few of us having problems. Fingers crossed it's all ok now.

Johnsons Blue geranium

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 12:03

I've grown Johnsons Blue for years and have never had a 2nd flush of flowers but yes, I've done both shearing back and cutting off stems to tidy up and had new leaves come on. Not all Geranium will give a 2nd flush of flowers no matter what you do. It's well worth growing 'tho.

Repotting hostas

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 08:37
Jennifer 10 says:

Right - I will leave it until autumn or spring.    I was just wondering about the quality of the compost. 

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If you're worried about the compost the plants are in at the moment, you can remove the top couple of inches of that soil and replace it with some soil mixed with a slow release food. That's what I do to mine when I'm not dividing. I think late winter or very early spring is best as well. 

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