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Planting out Lupins

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 18:33

Thanks FR and Chris. I have a well drained, sunny patch on the side front which is more neutral then the rest of the garden and may prove to be a better home.  I'll try them there and not water them after planting.

Blueberry cuttings

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 15:20

You can take softwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn.   Cut pieces about 4" long from the tips of branches.  Trim them to just below a leaf node.  Remove all except the top 2 leaves then dip in rooting hormone powder or gel and put in trays or pots of ericaceous compost mixed with vermiculite for extra drainage.

Water with rain or distilled water - unless your tap water is soft - then keep them sheltered from direct sun, wind and frosts.  They should root by next spring and then you can pot them up into individual pots and grow them on. 

wooden planters

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:21

To protect the wood and the plant roots, I would line the inside walls with small gauge bubble wrap.  It will keep the worst of the moisture off the wood and give an extra protection against frosts to the roots. 

You will need to drill drainage holes in the bottom and then stand them on either pot feet - available at garden centres - or bricks to allow excess moisture to drain away and also protect the tubs from excess water on the ground in winter so they last longer.

Has anyone made their own greenhouse staging?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:15

When we relocated my greenhouse to a sunnier position last autum, we put in 4 3 x 3 fence posts cut to size along one side - two in the corners and 2 further in at a distance measured to fit the wire shelving grids from an old plastic greenhouse.  I then screwed roofing battens horizontally to the posts and laid the shelving grids across them.  Works a treat and the shelving can be removed if I want to do something like tie in cordon tomatoes after all the early seedlings have gone out in the garden..

Planting out Lupins

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:09

I'd like to know the secret to growing lupins.  I've tried them in the ground in various parts of my garden and they just don't survive, let alone thrive.  This year I tried again in a pot and those curled up their toes too.

I have very fertile, alkaline to neutral loam and very hard tap water.  Do they need acidity?  Better drainage?  What?  All advice welcome as I plan to try again from seed next spring before giving up.


Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:05

I get painful rashes, but not blisters, from sticky bud/goose grass and some conifers.  All sorts of plants have bristles or sap which can upset sensitive skin, especially in sulight so, if it's a weed, best to wear long sleevs and gloves once you've identified the culprit.  If it's a treasured plant then consider protecting yourself or finding it a new home with friends or neighbours.

Overwintering Regal Pelargoniums

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 13:20

Last autumn I decided to save, rather than bin, some of my pelargoniums so I pruned them quite hard and transferred them from their hanging baskets to fresh compost in window boxes which I kept on window sills indoors (not near radiators) over the winter.  They did very well with an occasional watering.

I shan't be keeping those plants this year but will be trying the same trick with some fuchsias and a regal pelargonium.


Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:42

Owing to drought, I planted most of mine very late last year and they did fine - even the ones I forgot and found in the garage in February when I did a tidy up.  These last were late flowering but did OK so just store your bulbs somewhere cool, dark and dry till you have more space to get them in the ground.


Posted: 22/09/2012 at 14:20

We tried humane traps too but you have to be very nifty setting them and not get any smell of human on them or the moles just go round.  Our cats have caught two in 20 years and our dogs have tried diiging up the grass to get to them when they hear them tunnelling.  Looks like a bomb site afterwards.

Our moles also tunnel under gravel paths, wood chip paths, veggie beds, flower borders and even the road to get to and from the paddock across the road.  We did use a Mole Blaster till we got the dogs.  Very effective and very satisfying but not available in the UK.


Posted: 22/09/2012 at 14:01

Assuming you want to rid your garden of moles, the only foolproof way is to hire a professional mole catcher but you'll need to do this on a regular basis - best done in early spring when they're on the move looking for mates and then later when the babies leave the nest and set up their own territories.  Lots of tunnelling at those times.

I have found that mole reppelling plants, moth balls in tunnels, bottles and other noisy devices just don't work.   A friend told me her husband put the hose pipe in the tunnels and left it on on all night to flood them out.  That worked but water is precious and, if you're on a meter, expensive.


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