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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 16:21

Too early for sowing here but I have been doing lifting and dividing and replanting or potting on root days.

I assume I can sow my newly arrived chilli and tomato seeds on fruit days now that things are warming up.

Gunnera Care?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:34

I have had two of these freeze to death so my third and last attempt is in a pot which has been plunged in the greenhouse bed.  This mild winter means it already has new shoots.  I shall give it a bigger pot this spring and keep it on the terrace and it will go back in teh greenhouse next winter and every winter until the pot is too big to move and it's time to see if it's big enough for life out in the beds next to the pond.

I used to get the others through winter by burying them under a 3' high heap of garden compost but twice I was caught out by early, unforecast frosts down to -8C and that did for them.   This one will get buried at the beginning of October just in case.

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:28

I'm with Hostafan.  Too many shots of Nigel and also long unfocussed shots of Monty parading with his wheelbarrow.  30 minutes are too short to waste on anything except close-ups of plants and tasks and techniques with occasional general views of a border for the context of a plant.

Can't comment on the spoken content and advice yet as we had no sound but it's set to record tomorrow morning so I can catch up.

spring is coming

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 08:12

Try putting them outside for the day but bringing them back into shelter at night - cold  greenhouse, garage or shed to protect against any frost or just wide changes of temperature.  After two or three weeks the trees will be hardened off enough to stay outside.  The calla lily will need protectin till late frosts are over in May.

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 08:06

It's repeated on Sunday at 9:15 for anyone who wants to watch it with sound.

I was definitely dismayed to find Nigel in the opening shot.    I love my own dogs to bits but don't expect them to offer anyone useful guidance about how to manage my garden.


North facing wall.

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:28

Roses - Guinée, Souvenir du Dr Jamain, Mme Alfred Carrière, Golden Showers are all good climbers for north facing walls.   New Dawn should be fine and is repeat flowering though less scented.   Falsatff (David Austin) is a rich deep Crimson with good perfume and will get to about 2 metres.


Gunnera Care?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 09:10

They get very large as they mature if they like their situation and make bold, dramatic plants.  They like their soil to be damp and can grow in full sun if it's moist enough for them not to dry out at the roots.

They are not very frost hardy so for the first few years it's often a good idea to grow them in pots, increasing the size as they grow and then take them into shelter for winter.  After that, you can plant them out and then protect the crown in winter by covering it with some of its old leaves folded over and then a pile of garden compost to keep the frosts at bay.


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 08:37

We used pallets upended and screwed to support posts to make the sides and backs of our 3 bay compost heaps.  The fronts have slot in slats to allow access for turning and emptying.

A few years later I used some more pallets to make an insect hotel with a  roof garden as shown in this thread if you scroll down a bit.

Ask Alan

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:15

I'd really like to see him back on the Beeb with another How to be a Gardener type series that's of interest and relevance to both new and experienced gardeners.  It was thorough, varied, detailed, informative and fun.   Has he any plans for such a programme?  It could be on design, regional climate and soil variations, AGM plants, gardening for wildlife, water management (drought and flood), seasonal tasks and highlights.  Lots of possibilities.

Failing that, I'd like to ask him what shrubs he'd recommend for spring wow factor for those of us with fertile but alkaline gardens who cannot grow rhodos, camellias and azaleas.  They'd also  need to be very hardy for my garden.  H7 in the new RHS system. 

Clematis wilt

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:05

Planting them deeper doesn't prevent wilt but it helps the plant recover more easily by encouraging it to grow new shoots when it's been pruned back to remove the affected growth.   The large flowered hybrids are more susceptble than the later flowering viticellas but they can grow out of it once they've got themsleves well established so, every spring, give yours a good dollop of proprietary clematis food which will encourage good roots, shoots and flowers over the season but also a liquid tonic of tomato food when growth starts and then every couple of weeks till flowering starts.


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