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Posted: 04/09/2012 at 14:04

They're a fast growing climber that can, with skill and attention, be trained as a standard type tree.   Many take years to get to flwoering maturity and they need pruning in July and January to encourage the formation of the flowering buds.

Not a hedge plant.

Non flowering geraniums this year

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 13:09

A bit late for this year but try giving them a high potassium feed next year to encourage flowering.  Rose or clematis fertiliser will do or tomato.

what can you start now

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 13:06

Chinese Greens such as Pak Choi and Japanese Mizuna can be sown now for a quick crop that shoul dbe ready by October.

I have some carrots I sowed in pots in the second week of August which have germinated well and are now 2" high which is 2" more than the ones I've sown in the ground for the last 4 years.  The pots were a last ever chance for them but it seems to be the way to go.  Now we're back from hols I can move them to a sunny site at the front as they no longer need to be grouped in the shade for automatic watering and that should speed up growth.

You can plant onion sets for a crop next July and spring cababge plugs if you can find them.  Bit late for sowing them though.  It's also a good time to plant a new starwberry patch.

I'm also going to have  a go at a last crop of beets, turnips and spnach in teh hope they'll germintae quickly in the September warmth.

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 11:51

It's on at daft times for gardeners with families so I rarely listen but I do sometimes remember to listen on my PC when I'm doing dance club admin.

Harvesting Squash

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 16:05

I'd say leave it to grow on but it'll need plenty of watering and maybe a bit of feeding too.

Generally speaking, squash require a gerat deal of space and light and plenty of moisture and food to grow well so are better off grown outside in the ground or on a compost heap where they'll get pollinated by passing insects.

water edging plants

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 16:02

Hemerocallis associate well with hostas and like life near water.  They're not expensive and soon bulk up so can be divided to create more plants.  Astilbes also like moist soil.  I have a purple/lilac flowered one which is spreading very happily ina damp bed and have recently planted some white forms near our own unlined pond.

Forms of gunnera (not all as huge as mannicata) like damp soil as do eupatorium, lysimachia Firecracker and Vesuvius, hydrangeas, miscanthus zebrinus, assorted irises (check for marginal pond varieties), iris sibirica, forms of salix with colourful stems that you cut back in spring to keep the stem colour, rodgersias, acteas, aruncus, dicentras and so on.

What's eating my beans, fennel...and well everything now!

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 14:17

There are several beasties that cut holes or chunks in leaves.  OK when it' s leaf cutter bees but not when it's vine weevil adults as that means their offspring are probably chewing through the roots.  May be worth fossicking in the soil to see if tehy're present and then either picking them out or treating with nematodes before they work their way through the garden.

Slugs burrow in the soil or under leaves and stones by day and snails are pretty clever at hiding so you may simply be not seeing them.

Digging in the Wet

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 13:13

Yes, digging wet soil is not good.  Your energy would be much better spent doing other garden maintenance like fixing fences, washing pots, clearing rubbish or sitting in the dry poring over seed catalogues..........

no blueberries

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 12:07

I have self fertile blueberry (variety name lost) which fruited muchbetter after I bought it a friend.  They both spent a few years in pots before I planted them out in the veg plot.  I dug big holes about 70cm deep and wide and filled them with ericaceous compost and they've been very happy apart form suffering badly in a couple of nasty winters.

This year we had very few fruits but we had a frost when they were in blossom and that's always bad news.  Maybe yours had the same problem.

This year I have given them a mulch of ericaceous compost, added two British bilberries to the same bed, fed all with slow release ericaceous food and done a final mulch of chipped bark.  They've all put on good growth and look very healthy so I'm hoping for good crops next year.  I shall be erecting a protective cage of fleece round all 4 plants to help keep off winter winds and frosts.  Fingers crossed I get no more severe damage.



What's eating my beans, fennel...and well everything now!

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 11:47

Sorry, should have said she'd need to pick everything first and then destroy the evil munchers.

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