obelixx


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red onions

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 22:16

Mine went out on April 14th - last day before foot op so they had to go in - and are only just shooting now.  We've had some frost but also some very dry weather so i watered them on Friday and bingo, shoots.   I still have half the packet to plant but they'll just have to wait another week or so till I'm mobile again.

Acer P Taylor

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 19:13

Have you checked in its root ball for signs of vine weevil?  Curly maggoty things that eat the roots and gradually kill the plant.

If you have them you can pick them all out and feed them to the birds then repot your acer and cross your fingers that it recovers.   If you're not organic there's a Provado product that kills them.  You might want to do a protective treatment on other susceptiible plants like heucheras.

Gardeners World

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 10:20

Given the Beeb has 4 channels I don't see why snooker can't go to Beeb 3 or even GW go to 3 or 4 for te weeks when "more important" sport is on.

Having said that, I didn't miss GW this week.   I don't think he's done anything relevant to my garden this season except for the advice to wait for temps to be right before planting and he hasn't done anything that's got my juices flowing for a new project or plant.

However, I did really enjoy Beechgrove and was very interested to see them sowing broad beans outside now.  What with having new feet this year I haven't got any beans started at all and just toms and chillies indoors.

Alternative lawn

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:10

Or gravel?  You can walk on it and grow plants through it.   Mediterranean herbs especially will love the extra heat it reflects and the drainage.

In Need Of Help

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:07

Cheaper to go to a garden centre or nursery or get a cutting from a friend if you can.

Good luck with the next one.

Climbers

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 17:57

And how cold do you get in winter - worst case.?

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:26

There are things you can do.   Start early on St Valentine's Day (because it's easy to remember) or as soon as any snwo clears and scatter wildlife friendly slug pellets thinly over your borders.  These will get the first slugs to emerge from hibernation and also any new hatchllings.  Repeat the scatterings every two weeks or after heavy rain to get the next lot and stop them all breeding and feeding.

Once plants like hostas and dahlias emerge, use a garlic spray to deter slugs and keep up the regular scatterings of pellets.    This advice comes from a hosta nursery owner so should be good.

Garlic spray for hostas and other susceptible plants and seedlings

 

2 Bulbs Garlic
2 Pints Water

Instructions

Crush 2 bulbs of garlic
Steam or boil in 2 pints of water for 3 to 4 minutes until blanched
Strain mixture and make back up to 2 pints
Leave to cool


When ready to use, mix one tablespoon into a gallon (3.8 litres) of water. Sprinkle on to leaves in late afternoon (in dry weather). Reapply every two weeks.

 

couch grass

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:20

Unless you have a bowling green, does it really matter if it's in the lawn?  It's green and grassy.   The main thing is to keep your edges trimmed and stop it escaping into the borders where it is a nightmare to weed.

Do my Blueberries need feeding?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 09:55

I feed mine an ericaceous top dressing feed every spring to compensate for harsh winters which often kill off a few branches that the shrubs then replace with new shoots.  I get good crops - except last year when the blossoms were frozen by a late and heavy frost.

I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 23:21

Any solution that involves growing things is not going to be instant so a hedge on stilts doesn't have to be bought in ready made and grown.  It can be bought young, trained up and grown on.

The advice about trees for perspective at different heights and distances is sound and will make the garden interesting but also take time to grow.   A lot depends on how much budget is available and how much patience.  No point having a 10 year plan if the owner is not planning to stay more than 5 and needs instant privacy.   In that case, a pergola will serve best.

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