Latest posts by Leggi

strawberry plants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:34

Feeding really depends on what you've planted them in to, I've mixed in a lot of well rotted manure so probably won't be feeding for a bit. Having said that, a little feed certainly won't do them any harm when they're starting to fruit. Straw or hay can be used around plants to keep the fruit off the sometimes wet ground, it's entirely up to you if you want to put some down. Some varieties will need it, others possibly not.

The cloche can probably come off too, but acclimatise the plants first if they've been constantly covered by leaving the cloche off during the day, then back on at night for a week, before leaving it off completely. Mine have been uncovered all winter during snow and all sorts and have faired fine.

Any idea what these plants are?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 20:24

Plant number 2 looks like an aquilegia.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:15

I think we should also note that this is officially the coldest 'spring' in 34 years, also the 6th coldest on record. I've had a very poor germination rate with chillies, tomatoes and peppers, and haven't even bothered with some seeds that need heat before they pop up. It isn't always just the fault of the compost used but a combination of all the factors affecting germination.

The vast variation in quality of compost from year to year and product to product really doesn't help at all though.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:40

My tommies are still tiny too, I'll put that down to the weather more than anything else though. Last year I used Verve but it was terrible, full of uncomposted lumps and twigs   and really not suitable for anything other than mulch. I was visiting my parents a few weeks ago and doing some gardening for them, the only compost they had was a new bag of Verve, I expected it to be as bad as last year but I must say it was excellent. I've only used the 125lts bags since, and even sown all of my seeds directly in to it without having to sieve and all of my seeds have grown away very well. I wouldn't be surprised if the compost quality is different in other areas of the UK though.


Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:15

Rhubarb is normally left to die back naturally so that the energy used to create the stems goes back down in to the crown for next years plant. I had one that I divided up in to 5 or 6 new plants this year (really easy just use a sharp spade in spring to chop the plant in to new sections after digging it up). I probably won't be taking any stems from them this year though giving all the new barbs a chance to establish.

Invasion!!!! Already frustrated!!!!

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:02

I would go for either Verdun's or Welshonion's suggestions, in my experience they are the most effective way of controlling slugs and snails. An early spreading of blue pellets helps before the blighters have had the chance to lay eggs, but this really needs to be done around mid February. 

If you can't do that I'd suggest putting pellets under something heavy that your dog can't get to but the slugs can. I have one large container where I know slugs like to hide but it's easy to deal with them there by just using salt all the way round the base. There are many ways of dealing with them and it's really just a matter of finding a solution that you're comfortable with and that works best for you. Oh, and keep an eye on the Hosta's, the slugs absolutely love them.

Rocket Dying off

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 00:16

How big a space is it and how many seeds were sown? Overcrowding can lead to seedlings dying.

Now the soil is warm

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 00:11

You have a lovely way with words, please keep us updated.

Down among the chrysanthemums

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 23:43
blackest wrote (see)

nah they do the glacier mints






Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:39

I agree with Zoomer, just plant straight out as they are at this time of year.

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