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Current problems with forum and login

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 17:21

Hello Daniel.  Just logged back in 5 minutes ago - 17:15 - and still having to do ctrl F5 to get latest posts in threads.

Do appreciate being kept informed of what's going on.  Good luck to the team hunting and fixing the bugs.

Push pull hoe

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 14:05

I have the Wolf system and have two of the 15cm wide push me pull you heads and recently found the 10cm one in teh UK as it's not sold in Belgium.  Very useful for cleaning between roaws of veggies and salads and the smaller head is good in the borders while new plants are getting established.

I also have handles in various lengths so can use the heads standing or kneeling depending on where i'm working.


Tomato varieties

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 14:01

On Beechgrove recently, Sungold won the taste test.  It has an AGM form the RHS so worth investigating.

I have grown Black Russian this year and been very pleased.   It's fleshy like a beef tomato but a medium size and very tasty.

Talkback: How to look after roses in autumn

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 13:55

Apart from shortening long stems to prevent wind rock in autumn and winter gales, mine get done in March or early April depending on what kind of winter we've had.  That means I can prune off any wood killed by hard frosts and see where the new shoots are coming from and prune back to those to keep the shrubs open and airy which helps prevent disease such as mildew later on in the season.

spring bulbs

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 13:49

The short answer is no, they won't keep if they're not planted so, if neither of the above solutions suits you, pass them on to a friend or neighbour who'd appreciate them.

plant pots

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:44

Think laterally and use other containers.  Wooden boxes lined with bubble wrap or black plastic and with holes in the bottom plus feet for drainage.  I have an old chimney pot I found lying around and some old galvanised laundry pots I bought in a car boot sale.  Other than that, buy pots cheap when the garden centres are clearing their shelves ready for Xmas displays.

Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:39

Well, I'm clearly behind the times as I thought it was the idiot Johnson woman.

Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:11

The crown of the plant is the part just under the soil from which perennials produce new shoots each year.   Shrubs and climbers don't have such a crown but still like to have a mulch to improve the soil.

Have to agree about David King and anyone being able to predict weather 6 months ahead.  However, given who is the editor of the Lady I don't expect much better.

Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 11:52

Mulching done in autumn when the plants have died down just involves clearing dead growth that may encourage or shelter slugs and tipping well rotted garden compost or manure or a mix of the two over the ground and spreading it, the thicker the better.  It helps trap moisture and autumn warmth in the soil and protects the crowns of plants from frost.    It gets worked in by worm activity over the winter so aerates and feeds the soil and its organisms and improves texture, making it easier for plants to grow good roots.


Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:53

I agree with Berghill about growing what does well.

Winters have been particularly hard since Jan 2009 and were already harder than the average UK winter.  It's not so bad when there's a snow blanket to protect plants but lethal when it's cold and dry or cold and very wet for long periods.  I've lost count of the shrubs and plants I have lost and have stopped buying fancy plants with wussy tendencies and stick to good doers that will cope.

The best way to protect plants is a good mulch so that at least the crown is protected.  They have the added benefit of improving the soil.   After that, wind breaks which can be either porous wooden fences, shrubs or special netting stretched on posts or wire fences.   Fleece is fine in a greenhouse but looks dreadful in gardens and gets blown to bits in the first gale.

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