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Advice needed

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 10:14

No problems with those, they are as tough as old boots, one of the plants I do just put straight out.  They don't like being in, they'll romp away as soon as they are in the ground.

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 10:04

Even on special event days, you still have access to the domes, grounds etc.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:59

That's good Hosta, hopefully on the mend.

dont set it back by doing to much, that's a hell of a 'lawn' to cut! 

Must meet up next week, your hydrangea cuttings are now flowering.

Congratulations to Panda and her OH. Lovely time for a wedding, although with Dhristmas as well, there's a lot of planning to do.

cleaning right through the house today, it's dads funeral tomorrow so everything must be ticketee boo, you know how it is. Do we really live in squaller at other times

Bad Day

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:52

Sophie,  I don't think there's ever been a gardener who hasn't said exactly what you have said there.

theres always something, I have lists, then when I get out there I see something else more important to do, so the list never ends.

Try to sort it out in jobs of the most importance, make a list, number them 1 to 10 and try to stick to it, just do what you can, if it becomes a chore you won't enjoy it.

It is hard work, especially when you have a new garden that you want to put your own stamp on, but take it easy, lots of coffee breaks, and don't forget to eat, as I usually do. It's good for weight watchers

Temporary gap-fillers

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:47

Wallflowers..... depends on your soil though, they hate acid soil, I have to water mine with lime. Forgot this year and they are a pretty sorry show! 

Questions about my Dahlia tubers!

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 00:15

At this time of the month they should be about 6 to 8" inches tall,and nice and bushy,  ready to go out at the end of the month. By then they will be thick and strong enough to survive a bit of slug chewing if you don't want to use pellets.

if you do, you only need to put down about four pellets. Hedgehogs don't like slugs anyway, and nothing will eat a dead one.

If you've left dahlias in the ground, they will only just, if at all starting to shoot now. Well, mine are hardly showing yet.

Unusual boundary

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:09

You could put some posts in and screw trellis to it, then plant some climbers, if they ever need to do any work on it, all you have to do is unscrew the panels and lean them carefully forward.

Sunflower growth and transplantation advice!

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:55

Top marks for enthusiasm, but I don't think you can expect a huge plant with a long  taproot to grow in about two inches of compost, the plant and root will be weak, I would try and tip them out into your hand without disturbing the roots and put the whole lot , plant and compost, in a bigger, deeper pot, dropping the plant well down before covering with the new compost.

Plant out when it's much warmer at nights, and they have grown into big sturdy plants. 

The slugs will have them as well, so watch out for that.

Questions about my Dahlia tubers!

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:44

In your picture on the newspaper, where you see the tubers all hanging from a central point, that is the top, you should see a little bit of stalk at the top. This goes just below the compost level, it will only shoot out from around there, it's no good planting just a bulbous bit, it won't grow.

so you can now see why you need a fairly big  pot, because those tubers should hang downwards, they need to be covered in compost. Those thin fibre type  threads are the roots, so these go downwards.

dont plant them out until they have grown into big plants, which should be around the end of May, they stand a better chance of not getting slug chewed. I have never used copper tape, but do use a very few slug pellets when first planted out.


Hi. My name is Dawn. I have Dwarf Dahlia seedlings

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:28

Pot them on, keep them inside, at least for the nights, then when they are about six/eight inches tall, plant them out,that should be about the end of May.

plant out at about two feet apart.

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