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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 22:50

The moon's phases come round again every month so you can follow what suits your latitude, exposure and températures.  I find this on line site easy to use -


Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:18

There are plenty of dams already in the UK and also plenty of water but not necessarily close to th egreatest centres of population in the south east.

More thought needs to go into water supply and treatment and sewage and waste disposal when giving planning permission for new housing or industry.  All houses should be metered and have water butts or cisterns to collect rain water for gardens and toilets.  Water companies should be forced to make repairs to reduce water losses through leaks - up to 40% in some areas!

Flood plains should not be built on - it's asking for trouble - and areas like the Somerset levels should have their drainage channels and waterways regularly dredged to reduce flooding near homes and businesses.

None of this is rocket science.  Just common sense and good management.

Loads of bulbs not in the ground

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:10

With the smaller bulbs, it helps to soak them for an hour or so in cool water so they can rehydrate.    Plant them as soon as you can and even if they don't flower, they'll make foliage which will feed the bulb up for a display next year.

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:14

I much prefer the softer forms and colours of calendula than French marigolds and tagetes which, for me, have harsh, hard colours.   I receive a small tray of tagetes from a friend every year and plant them in the veggie plot to help ward off nasties.   They definitely don't fit in the rest of my garden.

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 14:21

Your hosta White Feather will eventually spread to 30 inches/90 cms wide but not in its first season.  It needs to be grown in shade or very dappled sunlight to avoid burning those pale leaves.

Slugs will probably love it so you'll need to protect it - wildlife friendly slug pellets scattered thinly but regularly, a mulch of coffee grounds or sharp grit, a copper ring round the plant............

Different hostas have different heights and spread and very different leaf shapes, textures and colours.  With care, you can plant a beautiful tapestry of them.  Most like moist soils rather than sharply drained so you may want to add some well rotted leaf mold or compost to your soil before planting.

Help please.

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 15:08

Grav - it could also be a reaction to underwatering at the time of flower formation in August and September.

Eric - start a new thread to get answers on your topic as people will come to this one to read about camellias, won't they?.

Rose questions now I've sorted the begonias :)

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:36

I'd go for 5 different ones to spread the blooming period, flower forms and colours a bit but space them a bit with perennials so they don't fight with each other.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 16:16

I'm willing to give it a try.  Did it a few years ago and it worked fine but haven't always found the calendar since and the last two gardening years were wiped out by various ops to reconstruct failed bits of my skeleton.

Are slugs still about?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 14:29

MM - I'm in Belgium so I buy a brand called ESCAR-GO! which is quite amusing.  In the UK I think they're called Growing Success Advanced Slug Killer.

Are slugs still about?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 13:59

It's been so mild that yes, slugs and snails could be active now.  I shall be scattering a few wildlife friendly slug pellets near any young shoots, including bulbs, that have been encouraged to grow by the warmth.    You'll need to do it regularly until late May - scatter thinly and repeat after rain - to get them as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they manage to munch your treasures or breed and make the problem even worse.

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