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Latest posts by Leggi

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 12:40

Sorry everyone, I have three cats

If any of my neighbours complained about them in their gardens I'd tell them to squirt the cats with a hose though.

best seed potatoes to grow

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 01:16

*Rubbish new gardener question coming up*

I quite like the idea of Christmas potatoes, and the idea of digging them up on Christmas Eve, but do I have to grow a certain variety for a late crop or will the plants just grow slower (in normal years) than the varieties sown earlier?

I'd also be interested to hear which varieties make the best roasties?

Potato blight soil

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 23:03

I don't think it would be much of a problem if say, you use it in your front garden keeping it well away from where you'd grow pots/tommies out the back. That's just a guess though based on what I've done in the past without blight coming back.

Lily beetle

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 20:27

Using a spray of Vegetable Oil has worked for me this year.

ID Request

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 19:50

Salvia Guaranitica 'Black and Blue'?

If not I think it's some other kind of Salvia (Sage).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 19:16

Rainy here, had a dryish spell this afternoon though.

Hurry up jet stream and bugger off.

Golden rule

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 18:31

Some plants like to be pruned before winter but there are others that need the old foilage to give the roots a little protection from bad weather that like to be cut down in spring. Not all plants like to be cut back the same amount either, and you need to (probably only general rule I know) always cut back to something, ie new growth, new stem, first buds etc.

The best thing for you to do to avoid any disappointment is to learn about the plants individually, there are plenty of places online you can look up how to care for each plant as well many people on here with a huge amount of knowledge.


Posted: 18/07/2012 at 18:04

Thanks for that David I'll try to get to my local centre this week. I need to re-stock on sweet peas and veggies.

My OH won't be impressed though as I spend enough time looking at the seed stands as it is!

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 16:00

Depends how much space you have really. I've just been given an allotment and my first crops going in will be plants to improve and break up the soil, like buckwheat or rye grass. You can however grow onions, garlic and some brassicas over winter. (I don't know which exact varieties but hopefuly someone on here will point us both in the right direction).

July in the garden!!

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:12

Yarrow: I have done both with my Geums, last year I took the flower stems off completely and then it didn't flower again. This year I've found just snipping below the flower head and leaving the stems on the plants to be a lot more successful, often the new flower heads are just tiny little buds on the stem about an inch or so below the spent flower head.

Have you tried growing any from seed? I'm tempted to leave a few flower heads to go to seed as they are supposed to come true, I really love Geums and think they're a little over looked.

I've just had a look at photos of Geum Prinses Juliana, and it's the same flower as the one I mentioned earlier but was sold to me as Totally Tangerine, I had wondered what its proper name was, so many thanks!

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