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Repotting hostas

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 17:41

Take them out of their pots and us an old bread knife to saw them into 4 even sized chunks then repot using JI no 3 compost.  Keep them watered as usual and they'll grow away quite happily.    Give them a top dressing of slow release food every spring until it's time to divide and pot again.

I've just done this with one huge 60cm wide potted Sum and Substance that ended up giving me 10 new plants and another one whose label I have lost that gave me 8 plants.  About to do another 40cm pot now that it is showing its noses and will get at least 4 from that.

If you haven't room for all the plants produced, swap them with neighbours or friends.  I swap mine with friends and also sell some at a charity plant fair I help organise every May.


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 14:04

They call it fabric - 

Other suppliers call it membrane so google a bit to compare quality and price.

What to top bug hotel with

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 16:11

How big is it?  Mine is made from 5 pallets laid on top of each other.

 I then built a shallow frame round the top, lined it with weed suppressant fabric and filled it with compost into which I have planted house leeks and other stuff with flowers for insects and mulched all of that with small grit and some upturned seashells that hold water for them to drink.

Health and Safety

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 13:17

I hope you improve soon Berghill.  

Sensible warning so thanks for that.   Yesterday was foul outside so I started sanding down some old galvanised pots to paint and decorate for the garden.   Realised half way through I really needed to wear a mask.   Too lazy to fish it out from the beginning.

Help! Anyone recognise this planr?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 13:11

They're far too small to be thinking of planting them out so just grow them on till roots start to show at the bottom of their cells then pot them up into 4"/10cm pots and grow on again.  By the time they're big enough to cope with life outside in the borders they'll be recognisable by someone.

What on earth is this weed??

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:16

It is ground ivy - glechoma hederacea.   It producers runners and twining stems and creeps everywhere and gets entwined in roots of shrubs and perennials.  

Easy enough to pull out though whenever you see it.  Just make sure you let it dry out before you bung it on teh compost heap or it will spread in there too.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:16

Be careful what you wish for.  Our pond and others in the paddocks across the road have been invaded by singing frogs that chorus very loudly for months.  They started last night and will go on into July and August which makes for a lot of noise once it's warm enough for the windows to be open at night.

Be honest now

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 16:54

RHS studies have shown that snails just come back. They marked their shells and then kept an eye out.  The snails know where the juicy stuff is and come home.  I expect slugs are the same but it's harder to measure as they have no shells to paint.

I use wildlife friendly slug pellets around susceptible plants, throw any offenders I find into the road to be squished by passing cars and leave others well alone depending on where they are in the garden.   Some are valuable re-cyclers of garden waste but they're not welcome on my veggie babies, hostas, hemerocallis, daffs or clems.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 16:48

Good photos Busy.  Well done.   No gardening here today as the weather has been filthy - cold, wet and windy - and I have been a tad tired after taking 6 teenage Hip Hop girls to Brussels to buy outfits for their end of season demo.    It took them 4 hours to get everything.

I have contented myself with shuffling a few house plants about and sanding down and cleaning 3 galvanised pots I bought in a flea market.  Once dried they'll be painted and decorated and varnished ready for life in the garden.    Also sanded down the bird boxes I rescued from the drunken fence posts.  They'll be cleaned and lightly oiled and put out again in a new location of next year's nesters.

Hoping for sun tomorrow as I have loads to do outside and babies to pot up and pumpkins to sow.

Something eating my lettuce seedlings

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 13:31

Slugs or snails.  Get some wildlife friendly pellets and use them sparingly but regularly to protect susceptible plants sucha s vegetable seedlings, daffs, hemerocallis, clematis shoots, hostas and anything else they munch on.

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