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can I prune my primroses

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 21:27

Two lines of thought from me.  Unless seeds are wanted.  Then go ahead and cut off dead flower stems.  If as it appears in your case.  Space is limited.  Something like tomato boxes { shallow boxes the shops etc receive their fruits in}  Lift the plants, and temporarily store in the boxes.  Keepng them watered etc.  In your own tgime.  You can divide the plants and replant into the garden or pot up.  This will give you more plants.  Incidentally.  Primulas can be propagated from leaf cuttings.

Newbie.. help with summer flowers

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 21:20

Dave.  Welcome.  Not wishing to speak for other forum members, but.  Please believe me.  I am not puting you down or anything, for asking.  Howevr I find it a bit of a trick question.  Obviously each and everyone of us will rattle off a list of our favourite plants.  Might I suggest.  Take a stroll around a garden centre.  Now is a good time, as the summer plants are hitting the market.  Your desire to have plants reappear each year.  You will nee perennials.  Just a point.  When buying in.  Some perennials might not produce flowers this year, but they will in years to come.  Dave.  Take a look around, dot down a list of what takes your fancy, put that list to the members.  Then we each can have our say.  Believe me.  You are among friends.  We will do our best to help you.  Kind regards.

Pear tree leaf curl

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 21:10

If any chemical deficiency is responsible.  It probably is BORON.

Pear tree leaf curl

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 21:08

Similar symptoms to Peach Leaf Curl.  Usually takes place soon after leaf break.  I won't bore you with technical terms etc.  The leaves will drop prematurely.  They will then be replaced by a new flush.  This econd flush is usually OK.

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:59

I think most of us have to put our hands up, respecting this.  Dove.  So glad you mentioned the RHS bods, actually marking the shells, and then finding loads returned in due time.  Some years back.  I read a scientific study about snails.  It confirmed exactly the same point.  It also made known that.  Within the slime trail that snails in particular leave behind.  There exist  a chemical reactor.  This recognised by what we term Baby snails.  The result was.  All the time the baby snails we picking up this kind of coded indicator.  The stayed clear of the grown-ups walkways, or should that be, slime-ways.  Also the the baby snails moreoften than not, remained as babes until such time.  The adult trail identities stopped.   It was presumed in the paper that this indicated that Snail senior had come to the end of his days. {Some garden wearing size tens had crunched grandpa under foot]  Do any of you remember 'The Old Codgers'  It was a short column some fifty years ago, in the Daily Mirror.  Info had come their way as such.  In the office of a senior Natural History Museum.  A cleaning lady had, during her dusting and polishing.  She had wiped over the 'donkey's year old, giant snail that adorned the desk, as it sat there mounted on a plinth. The cloth was obviously wet/damp. By the time the good lady had completed her chores in this office.  She was dumbed struck.  The snail had in fact been resurrected.  Scientific reports claimed that.  The seal that forms over the opening of a snails shell, protecting it durin dormant/hibenation periods.  That the wiping motion and the moistened cloth, had broken the seal.  Absolutely amazing.

Flower or Weed?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 23:43

Orchkid lady you are branching out. Well done  Ooops b computer.

What do you do with grass clippings?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:41

Ooops.  Nearly forgot.  Stick a load in a container and let the mass rot down, it is a quick process. Then either strain the liquid or simply water it onto the growing area.  No trade names. No advertising.  Simply, as most call it. Mother Nature going about her daily business.

What do you do with grass clippings?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:38

Thankfully.  I did away with my lawn years ago.  In my garden.  I am the boss, not the lawn.  Actually, grass cuttings are full of nitrogen.  Very valuable to plants. Believe me, this works.  Scatter the cuttings in and around your shrubs and in fact, anywhere in the garden.  OK it might look a bit messy for a day or two.  It is far better than having a stinking slimy mass in the corner.  A good practice is to frequently get amongst the plants and shrubs.  Using a dutch hoe, simply chip away at the soil.  This will break up the soil surface and at the same time mix the cuttings into the soil.  Same hoeing method also applies to annual weeds.  Basically you chop them up and return them to the ground.  Also, grass cutting can be spread on areas that you are about to plant spuds or any other thing.  Grass cuttings are so valuable.  Even in the greenhouse, potting up etc.  Believe me.  I have, when I was working.  Added a handful of cuttings into the potting  compost.  Beats all of these chemical bits and bobs.  If you are digging over an area.  As you turn a spit over, you are left with a mini trench.  Befoer taking the spade to the next row.  Chuck a load of cuttings into the strench, then turn over the next spit.

Simples.. Click

Ground elder! Advise urgently needed!! Help

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:20

Sorry to learn of your problem.  There is something about some weeds, that still present a mystery.  My eldest daughter lives in the New Forest.  Keen gardener like her dad.  She has had the fight againt ground elder for yonks.  One common factor is.  I know of individuals who have had the money etc, to actually go as far as having loads of soil removed and replaced by fresh imported soil.  Then blow me down.  Next season.  There it is again.  Firstly.  It is difficult to eradicate, even with modern chemicals.  Might I suggest.  That you take a look over the fence, and your local/immediate area.  In some instances, plagued gardeners have practically got rid of it.  However it comes back.  For some unknown reason.  Growths way beyond your garden could house the source.  It is as though, similar to slugs and snails.  As if in some way, a kind of scent trail is left behind.  Honestly.  It is one of the mysteries of gardening.  I would be inclined to, if possible. Try burning.  This is easy on a blank canvas, however in a planted border, not so easy.  Basically, one would burn off the surface of the soil, with a flame gun.  Then dig the area over, and burn the fresh soil.  This helps to destroy bits of roots, which chemical wouldn't reach.  Sad to say.  Even then.  It is likely to return.

I wish all the best.  Frequent hoeing will keep it out of sight, but below decks, it will flourish.  Good luck.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 00:24

Hi Friends and FAMILY.

Yes all of a sudden Mike has gained, not only a vast number of new gardening friends, but as I consider it.  A new family.  Thanks guys and gals.  Yes when one hits the lows in life. That extra bit of TLC really does mean so much.  Especially when we look around the world,  not much peace and security, folks packin up and venturing forth to try and find a safe haven

Now Mike has some positive news.  However, I must admit.  All of a sudden the penny has dropped.  Mike is now feeling a bit scared, and frightened.  My OP date is 12 May. it will be done under a general, so thankfully I will be out of it. I trust in my grand creator so why should I worry?  In the meantime.  I have a CT Scan on Saturday.  Then on 2 My, an assessment to see if I am up to surgery.  Then it's count backwards Mike.  Mr Allen.   Wakey wakey, it's all over.  come on now.  What would you like for breakfast.

Thanks friends for all you good wishes.  Mike is proud to be part of this family.  Thanks again.  Plus. Thanks for the confidence in my posts.

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