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Liz Douglas

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Why don't my Fritillaria imperialis lutea flower?

Posted: Yesterday at 23:53

I've spent a fortune on Fritillaria rubra maxima planted them deep, well drained and in the back of a border next to a wall. Then after many years they just started coming up and flowering. I thought I'd lose all my bulbs this year because of the rain but every one came up and is flowering happily go figure

Rhubarb, rhubarb rhubarb

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:56

Thanks for the heads up guys! My garden is at the back of my block of flats there's not a lot of ground free and they do take up a lot of space. I made sure there were lots of holes and crocks in the bottom and have barely watered them because there's been so much rain here. I might take them out and add in some Coir to the soil to dry it out a bit

Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:52

Re: Marinelilliam's post please don't stop that's all really interesting info and very useful which means there's probably a lot more in there? btw I don't have a wood burner is there another way to get soot a friend suggested I crush up bbq charcoal would that work do you think?

can this work as ingredients for compost?

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 01:22

It sounds like you're mixture is too wet. To sort it out you might empty its contents onto a tarpaulin then its 4" Brown (Newspaper, shredded paper or straw from your rabbit is good I get mine from a free recycling/reuse website) Then 4" Green kitchen, teabags and garden waste. Every now and again try and have a dig around to move the contents apparently mens wee is a brilliant activator something to do with hormones but will help you producing useable soil a lot sooner. Treat grass as green but use less water -  I occasionally water my compost heap to discourage rats and mice etc. they love the shredded paper parts great for nesting warm and cozy. 

vinegar on weeds

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 01:01

If you grow rhubarb or have access to a local market that sells it use the leaves only and add to plain old rainwater to create a 'Soup' which you can mix half and half (Stronger if that doesn't work) it will get rid of weeds and bugs but not slugs and snails if it doesn't work use less water it won't harm anything its not mean't to but don't use it on your rhubarb I think I remember it will die the same as any other plant. The toxins are for its own protection while in its own system

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:52

Luckily I haven't noticed any although there are plenty of things they like to munch if you grow rhubarb add leaves you're disposing of into a bucket with a few pints of water and keep adding throughout the year. The resultant 'Juice' can be sprayed on all plants to kill of bugs since its toxic to them. It doesn't work on slugs and snails though. I also add a bit of dish washing up water which helps make the leaves of plants and/or fruit and veg a bit slippery. If you don't grow it go to your local market to stalls that sell Rhubarb they often take the leaves off to make it easier to carry home. They'll be happy to let you have it. 

Help for a beginner please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:44

You can make use of the tree stumps by drilling half inch holes all the way round them for bee's and other beneficial insects. I did it in my garden and added a 'Bee Hotel' sign which seems to have attracted them in


What Would You Do Next?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:32

I found some compressed Coir which makes 10 litres of compost and has the added ability to break down and help with soil condition. I also use it for seeds and young plants. It costs 99p at your local £ shop. That's where I got my blueberry, rhubarb and lots of other plants. They do blood fish and bone, containers, netting and all sorts of useful stuff. The Coir also helps with water retention.  

Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:28

I read recently somewhere when I was looking for info on rhubarb (Which I grow in old black paper recycling containers) two plants standing next to each other one is fine the other looks like it has crown rot anyhoo! It turns out that if you keep a pot of rainwater next to your rhubarb and put in any leaves that you discard stir it occasionally and add a little dish washing up water to a spray gun and use it to keep bugs off any plants food or not. Sadly it doesn't work on slugs and snails but I'm trying a new idea of a frame that surrounds the leaves fastened to the edge of the container to make it easier and more attractive if they use it as a perch and like snails or slugs I get two for one I love a bargain  

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Discussions started by Liz Douglas

Rhubarb, rhubarb rhubarb

Why is my rhubarb struggling to keep leaf and stalk? 
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Can I save my spring/summer bulbs

Bulbs smell bad and some have bolted in a big way can they be saved? 
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How do I get rid of ivy and wild asparagus vine?

I want to get rid of these pests 
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