Latest posts by Obelixx

Allium Care

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:30

Rainwater on its own does not penetrate pots, especially when covered by foliage.  You need to give it good, regular drinks and, whilst covered in foliage, I would add a liquid feed.    You need to leave the foliage to die down completely so it can feed the bulbs for next year's flowers so don't remove it till it's faded and gone brown.

I borders, you can disguise the leaves by growing the alliums through other plants such as hardy geraniums, geums, astrantias and so on.  In a pot on their own there's nowhere to hide.

Damp, soggy low corner of lawn

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:25

For brushing into fresh aeration holes, sharp sand.  It will help with drainage.  For feeding and improving theoverall health of the lawn apply top dressing according to the instructions.  

Raise the mower blades too.   As FG says, grass needs foliage to grow well and get its roots down so don't scalp it too short.

Last edited: 22 March 2017 12:26:34

Will my hydrangea recover?

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 11:34

You could try pruning them back to just the lwoest leaf buds to see if they recover with less stress on the mangled roots.  Maybe try and strike cuttings from what you prune?   Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Why my balcony plants are dying?

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 10:59

It's probably their planting mix.  Decent planting composts have enough fertiliser in them for 90 to 100 days.  If you feel the need to add more it should be mixed in with the compost and not put on as a layer.   You can also water in liquid feeds thru the growing season.

I suggest you water the troughs thoroughly to reduce stress on the roots then take the plants out carefully and re-pot in a well mixed compost.  Water again and then put a mulch of gravel or bark or expanded clay pellets on the bare soil to reduce evaporation and weeds.

Make sure you keep the compost just damp and not sodden, nor too dry, as plants in windy places need more moisture but don't want to drown.

Last edited: 22 March 2017 10:59:58

pet companions

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 10:54

Met too but I've had to re-size quite a few lately.

She looks lovely Busy.  Do you still ride?  I had to give up cos of back problems but still get a yen every now and then.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 10:50

Hosta - you need a thorough going over.  Hope it gets sorted.

Busy - I know what's involved in preparing for your party so congratulations and commiserations.

Dove - when did Wonky's dad last give birth?

Lesley - sounds exhausting but good that you can help your mum.

SGL - what are you knitting?

Pat E - we had a whole 3mm overnight but it's drizzling again now.  All to the good for my new bed.

Planning to go out this pm and spread lots of compost on teh new bed and let it settle while I wait for hostas to get big enough to turf out of their pots.  need to make sure I leave enough space for the big ones and, of course, the labels have disappeared so every one will be a surprise.

I loathe wind turbines - expensive, inefficient, noisy, bad for humans living nearby and seriously bad for migrating birds and local bats.  Solar panels for me - buy European made of good quality and they are recyclable and work in low sun levels tho not when covered with snow.  Better production than turbines and less obtrusive on the eye.  Geo thermal and heat exchangers even better.  The UK does go in for ugly pylons.  

Wildlife Pond too deep

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 10:32

Leave well alone.  A deep pond maintains temperature better in summer and doesn't freeze in winter so is safer for hibernating critters.

If it's too deep for new water lilies, just put their pots on bricks till the stems grow long enough for the depth and you can put them on the bottom.

Starting afresh

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 20:51

I think you should wait and see what happens this growing season.   Start cutting the grass regularly but not too short.  If you alternate cutting direction between up and down the garden one time and across the garden the next it will help smooth out lumps and bumps.  

In April, use a weed, feed and moss treatment and scarify once it's done its stuff.

Wait and see what the trees do.  It may be they give flowers or foliage colour or nuts and are worth keeping.   You can always raise their crown by removing the lower branches to head height.  That way you'll keep your privacy but gain more light.

Starting afresh

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:14

You may have to re-size them as there is a size limit.  Anything less than 2mb should be OK.

Help me fix my lawn

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:12

I've given that advice to someone else Frank and seen no adverse comments except for people who are time poor thinking of getting in Green Thumbs to do it all for them which is fine.

You're absolutely right, a lawn requires time to keep it looking good but it does set off flower beds and other garden scenery beautifully.   I don't need mine to be perfect as long as it's green with maybe the odd daisy or bit of clover.

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