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Trite Lilies

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 17:45

Every year I think I have lost my lilies in pots, and buy new bulbs.  Every year they surprise me by sprouting.  I have to say, however that they are already about a foot tall, so would expect yours to break the surface any day.  I'd leave them in a sunny place (but they don't like warm roots, so try to keep the container out of direct sunlight - maybe another container in front of it), keep them watered and see what happens.  If they're not through in a couple of weeks, I'd dig one up to find out what's going on, it could be that they've been planted a bit too deep.

Most of mine are tree lilies, so will grow to 5-6 feet before flowering.

Size of roots removed

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 16:13

Brambles are blinking awful things, even the dead ones have great big thorns that scratch you to bits.  I am also fighting the bramble & bindweed problem, there are quite a few of us on here fighting the battle, and I often come here for advice.  Brambles only tend to go down a spade and a half's worth, so double digging an area would get rid of most of it.  However, it regenerates from the tiniest bit left, so I would suggest blitzing the area with roundup, sbk brushwood killer or any other weedkiller containing glyphosate.  The initial results are dismaying - it seems to green up and grow before your eyes, but does eventually die.  Spray, leave 4-6 weeks for it to be absorbed into the root system, then chop down the top growth and dig out the roots (leave a good 6 inches of 'stump'  so you can see where you need to dig).  Invest in a pair of decent leather gauntlets, it will make your job so much easier (I bought some of the Tough Touch ladies' gauntlets, worth every penny, cheapest are Amazon).

I'm not patient enough for the glyphosate-only route, and as I can only clear at the weekends (hubby around to look after sproglets), what I tend to do is chop down as far as I can reach, chop up and put in green bin, and dig out roots as I go.  When I've had enough, the next bit I can see gets sprayed with the roundup, as even if it doesn't kill it, it weakens it.

I also have bindweed, that goes down to the centre of the earth and is impossible to dig out.  I pop a cane in, let it twine around that, make a hole in the bottom of a pop bottle that the cane will fit through, and when the bindweed reaches the top of the cane, very carefully slide the cane out through the pop bottle.  When all the bindweed is in the bottle - make sure it doesn't snap off, especially near the bottom, screw the top onto the bottle, and spray lots and lots and lots of weedkiller into the bottle (so it's almost swimming in the stuff), and leave.  It is slowly getting the message.  I think when I've won my battle, I'm going to hire myself out as a bramble clearer, it's a very therapeautic pastime, seeing a virtual jungle transformed into a blank canvas.  That point for me, is some way off though!

Trite Lilies

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 14:13

Rusflorum, forgive me if I'm teaching my grandmother how to suck eggs.

Lilies are a perennial plant, all the energy is stored in the bulb, they will die down completely, and come back next year (provided they aren't eaten by squirrels, slugs, or lily beetles).

They will come up every year, make new foliage, flower, and die down in the wintertime to come up again when it warms up.  They tend to make good roots first, as they can be quite thirsty plants, when they have some decent roots, they will start shooting up looking for the sunshine.

I'd leave them alone, give them some feed when they come up, and enjoy them.  If you need the pots, then now is the time to transfer them to the border, before the shoots get any bigger.

Hope this helps (love lillies but so do the slugs in my garden!)

My evening last night - if I didn't laugh I'd have cried!

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 14:06

I have to agree with Frank, unless someone high up makes some difficult decisions, power outages will become commonplace.  Have been looking at some big generators, that will run on biodiesel, so if everything does go pear-shaped, at least we'll have a little bit of power.

Some days you're the statue, other days you're the pidgeon.  I think yesterday was very much a statue day for you, VP.

Have you thought about putting polycarbonate in the greenhouse?  Less likely to break when new, but does suffer in the sun and evenutally becomes brittle and will break like glass.  Might be something to think about, short term as it should be cheaper than glass.

Sounds like this allotment business can be expensive!

MOB rants

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 15:53

Pentillie, as you are hardening the plants off, I'm assuming they are in pots or trays of some sort?  Why don't you stand the container on a bed of sharp sand or gravel, that should deter all but the most determined slug.

Frank, will washing up liquid work, and how strong does my solution need to be?  I am finding more slugs in my 'new' garden than I'm used to (no resident frogs).  This seems a clean way to dispose of them if I find lots - before I get my chickens!

KEF, watch your feet!  Aren't you worried you'll crack your mole?

I chop any slugs I find in half, and either the birds or frogs clean them up for me.  If I'm wearing wellies then the snails get squished under those.  I don't tend to find many slugs in the garden, I don't know if it's the blackbirds or the frogs that get them.  The only ones I do tend to find are big ones, easier to chop.  Hate the damn things.  Those and lily beetles.

Monitor spray and blowtorch spares

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 13:11

Have you tried ebay?  Failing that, could you not bite the bullet and take it into a garden machinery hire place, as they often have spare parts that will fit, but will charge you for fixing them.  If they are trusted tools, it's often better to try to repair them, rather than forking out for new.

Seed raising problem

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 00:10

Jiffy 7 pellets are the way to go.  Only use seed compost for really big seeds now, peas and beans.  Really must pot on the pumpkin and courgette seeds I sowed with my son, they're in his room in a windowsill propogator, if I don't do something soon they'll start walking around with the terrific root system they have.

I've been very impressed with both the germination rates and the growth using the pellets (plus a box full is about the size of a box of tea bags and will last well over a year), wasn't really expecting them to be as good as they are, but they are fab.

MOB rants

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:51

GG, ask them for a recording of the telephone call.  They cannot demand payment as they do not have your signature.  You also need to know where the telephone call originated (if you are lucky, it will be when you were on holiday in your caravan so you can prove it was not you.  As they do not have your signature, they cannot demand payment, although you must send the nasty cardigan back.  Check your bank statement, just to make sure they haven't got bank details, but it sounds like the bill is a request for payment.  You know you didn't order it, especially as it's the wrong size.

It could be someone you've upset sending this to you as a nasty dig, just to make trouble for you.

Ring them back, have a rant, ask them to ferret out the recording, and you need to know the date & time it was ordered, and the telephone number it was ordered from.  That might give you a clue of who it was.  They don't have your signature, so they don't have any sort of agreement with you, therefore as long as you return the goods they have no legal comeback on you.  Make sure you get a proof of postage (free) from the post office, although you will have to pay return postage. 

If they get stroppy, get stroppy back.  Check your bank details.  Invest in a shredder and put all of the shreddings on the compost heap.  I'd also go and get some advice from Citizen's advice.  Hope you get it resolved, getting things through the post with a 'congratulations, you've won X in Y competition' is great, getting stuff with no explanation is worrying!

Planning for ground frosts

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:38

Your eyes and your common sense should tell you a lot, and many folk keep year-to-year diaries of when there's been a late or early unseasonal frost.

If it's cloudy or windy, then it's not likely there'll be a frost, the wind keeps the air moving so things don't get too cold, and the clouds act as a blanket round the earth to keep the warm air in.

If there's no cloud cover, and the air is still, then there is a slight risk of a ground frost, it can be quite warm during the day, but without cloud, the temperature can plummet at night.  Obviously you won't get a frost in the middle of July, as everything has been warmed by the sun (even if it's hidden from us mere mortals by cloud), but September/October time I keep a close eye on things outside if I've got any half-hardy perennials out.  Another week or so and I won't be worried about frosts (this is Sheffield).  The further north you go, the more likely a late frost.

Raspberries

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:23

It's a type of cash and carry, I think they are as far south as Birmingham and as north as Newcastle.  Dead cheap, really good for things like pots and containers, seeds, bulbs, daleks, dustbin burners etc.  They normally have things at a fraction of the price of supermarkets, garden centres etc, BUT it's dependant on them having what you want, at the time you want it.  Or you having the cash at the time they have stuff on sale.  Missed out just after Christmas this year, as they were selling a childrens' outside play gym/den/slide/swing in the shape of a pirate ship for £250.  Unfortunately it was £250 that neither myself or my husband had, so the kids have missed out this year.  Will have to remember and see if they get anything in next year.

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