Latest posts by Leggi

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 16:28

Thanks for the heads up Geoff, me and the OH went and picked up 5 bags today. I've already dug one in to a bed at the allotment before the heavens opened.

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 15:48

Lottie - if you can only do one of Heligan or Eden I'd go for Heligan. The Biodomes at Eden are amazing but based on a whole day I enjoyed Heligan much more.


Posted: 22/08/2012 at 23:52

I don't have much knowledge I'm afraid but pruning now would make the trees grow more, if you wait until mid autumn to winter, when it's cooler, you can prune back some of the growth.

How big a space and how many trees are we talking roughly? If it's a large number of trees then I think you should consider getting an expert in to advise you on what's best to do.

Next to A259 how many plants can you name?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 22:10

That's beautiful, I'll start you off - the pinkish red flowers at the bottom of your second photo are Red Flax (Linum grandiflorum var rubrum (says Google))..

Has this been deliberately planted or is it just nature being wonderful?

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 19:35

Yes from late feburary, I start mine off on a sunny windowsil in seed trays in gritty compost. Prick them out when they have their first true leaves (you'll know what Cosmos leaves should look like) pot on to 5cm pots and off they go outside to the propagator, then pot them on again to 10cm pots until they're big enough to grow in the ground around April.

You can sow Cosmos directly in to the ground as well, although I'm not much of a fan of that as the seedlings are tasty to slugs, snails and mice. If you want to do this though it should work, just sow more seeds than you think is necessary.

I grow pure white ones, seashells and the maroon ones you've mentioned this way.

Pruning Braeburn apple

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 15:22

I'm another one with no apples this year, damned weather. As for pruning if you want to keep it the same size just prune back any new growth from this year, I'd give it a few weeks yet though.


Posted: 21/08/2012 at 22:19

I lost one Monarda last year to mildew (but I'm fairly sure it had it when I put it in, just not noticably) this year another one went in the bin, but I put that down to the exceptionally wet weather we've had.

One type has romped away (Jacob Cline on Dove's link) and seemed to love the wet weather.

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:32

If it's an annual cosmos I can't see why not, I also do the same with sunflowers, poppies, red flax, annual chrysanthemum and Verbena Bonariensis (and probably some others I've forgotten)

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:23

Check your plant for it's prettiest flower and tie a small bit of string around the stem (if you want more than one flower to set seed you can do this to as many as you like) deadhead the plant as normal so it keeps flowering. When the plants begin to die off in autumn your selected flower heads will have turned in to seed heads, pick them off and store in paper bags over winter and you'll have your seeds for sowing in spring, you can then dig up the plant and compost it (or get rid however you usually do).

I do this every year but I also buy new seeds to mix in (59p from Morrisons this year), I just love Cosmos far too much!

Splitting Strawberries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:15

It's not something I've had to deal with myself Becks, but I would have done exactly the same as you, move the plant out in to the garden and just keep an eye on it over the next few days. The strawberries will also benefit from a bit more light and hopefully it'll speed up ripening. Keep us updated.


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