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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.


deleting gardeners world account

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 22:29

There are adds on this forum and every other forum I've been on except the old BBC forums which are now defunct.

If you can concentrate enough to read messages on the forum and ignore the adds at the side it's surely possible to ignore ads on a video.

Advertising is what makes it possible to run forums at no charge to the subscribers.  You get ads on You Tube videos too.  Maybe time to grow up and stop having tantrums.


Can I start a holly hedge with bareroot plants?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 22:21

I planted a holly hedge 10 years ago.  We had to buy 60 plants lifted in late autumn and with their root balls wrapped in hessian.   It was a particularly freezing December so we had to hide them all in a barn till early January when it thawed just enough to dig a trench with the rotavator and get them planted.

Causing offence on this forum

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:43

I do live in Belgium which has its share of heroes like Obelix - eg Ambiorix from what is now Tongeren and who had dealings with Julius Caesar - but my name comes from my love of clematis on obelisks with a kiss added. 

A sock puppet is someone who creates 2 identities on a forum so they can talk to each other, usually to stir trouble.

strange scrapy-type holes in lawn.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 11:56

Foxes probably, grubbing out critters such as worms and grubs they can hear moving underground.  I have a similar problem but it's my dogs digging for moles in their tunnels.

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