Latest posts by Lokelani

Taking cuttings with a heel?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:55

Ah, so I'm just trimming the extremity of the heel. That explains it. 

Thank you! 

Taking cuttings with a heel?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:46

I am about to take some Erisimum cuttings & like pinks & others I have read or asked about, instructions are to pull off the plant so it has a bit of a heel, some actually say leaving the heel intact.

Most instructions then tell you to trim the botttom. How much do you take off,  do you want any of the heel left, surely I'm going to lose it if I trim it square.....

Sorry if it's a daft question but I'm not very experienced at cuttings & it would be good if someone could clarify which bit is important.


Posted: 19/07/2012 at 11:09

Yes we are indeed. 

I'd be telling myself it would have probably died, then I'd be glad I'd saved £2 instead! 


Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:47

I always worry about garden centre seeds, because it's often so hot in their glasshouse type structures.

Sometimes I still give in & buy them if I see a variety I really want, am in a hurry for, or a real bargain! 

I must try to resist because I know seeds should be kept cool & I like them to last for years.......

It's so disappointing Insomnia1973 when that happens. 

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

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:41

I had to grow some more peas & beans & have just planted them out. So fingers crossed.

Also cut & come again lettuce, rocket & peas for pea shoots in seed trays.

Even my established courgettes are coming to nothing & the cucumbers have all been eaten to bare stems by slugs each time they put on new growth, so I'd say it's probably not worth bothering with them now it's so late, unless as others have said you can buy established plants from the garden centre. 

Ceramic Pipes for keeping water butt clean

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:37

I've also seen something that just looks like a silver coin advertised in the Lakeland catalogue. 

I've never tried either though.

I thought that with the really well fitting lid that ours came with, nothing much can get in & as it's black it keeps sun out which is probably what causes algae etc. The water that comes out of the tap below always seems okay. 

My hardneck garlic is falling over

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 10:00

Yes the smell of garlic is very strong in the greenhouse. I wonder if it may keep pests away!

I spotted rust on one of mine actually & then forgot all about it, I'm sure I shouldn't have put that one in the greenhouse, eek.

Not sure about if we should cut the leaves off that one & use it sooner. Maybe someone else knows?

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 09:59

I think you're right Johntheeng, my plants didn't like going on holiday.

I typed end of March, I meant end of April, but even so, the temperatures were the same as they'd normally be end of March!

It was a shame they had to be moved then. Probably halted their growth so much it wasted the electricity of me having treated them to 10 degrees before that.

Keeping everything small for transporting probably saved them from me potting them on too soon though!


Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:40

Well they did germinate in the tissues, it was really exciting!  I was staggered at the % that did. So they'd obviously been just hating the cold & wet soil.

I put them in pots shoots downwards & crossed my fingers. Most came up fine, minus a few. 

I kept them on an indoor windowsill for a few days as the greenhouse is often running with condensation on these damp days. Then they had to brave it. 

Saturday I put half of the runner & dwarf climbing beans out with great trepidation, as they'd shot up in height & am trying to keep slugs/snails off them each evening. They're still a bit nibbled come morning but so far sitll okay. I'm keeping the second batch in their pots on the outside table as back up, until they get too big.

The sugar snap peas are still in the greenhouse as they're still quite small. I just wish I'd planted more of these early on, as the ones planted before the bad weather are cropping fine still. 

So it was well worth it, both to test the seeds & just to get them going. 

What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:20

I'm quite enjoying the fact that I'm not spending hours watering the pots each evening! 

The bamboos, hostas & grasses are all loving it. The campanulas, lilies, lavenders, honeysuckle are all fine to name a few. Some of my roses are fine. 

The peas I started very early are great. Some of the leaves on the banana are wind shredded, but the newer ones are lush green & enormous. 

The thalictrums are the tallest they've ever been & the particular light after a rain shower is making the mauve one almost glow.

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