Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 15:49

Cooling a little now so I'm off outside to try again.  Have just found a white ermine moth on the living room wall.  Never seen one before.  Isn't it gorgeous?

Can't find what it eats but I shall move it to the nettle patch in case it wants to lay eggs.

Black currant in pot

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 15:33

Yes - one per pot and if you prune to pick the way I suggest you control size.

Black currant in pot

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 14:50

I would say the biggest you can manage and 60cms minimum wide and deep.  Put drainage crocks in the bottom and then fill with John Innes no 3 mixed with about 1/4 of MPC for moisture retention.  They should then be good for 2 or 3 years before they need re-potting but you will need to maintain moisture levels with regular watering and food supplies with a spring supplement of blood, fish and bone and an occasional liquid feed of liquid tomato food to encourage flowers and fruit.

A suggestion for picking fruit that automatically renews the plant - cut out each fruited stem and then sit in comfort holding the stem upside down to remove the fruit.  This way you will always have new fruiting stems and maximum cropping.

Weeds around Bluebells

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 14:39

There are no weedkillers that discriminate between weeds and bluebells.  You'll have to do it by hand.

Sticky bud is nasty but does succumb if you pull it up regularly and can use a hand fork to get roots too.   Dandelions just re-grow if you only pull up the leaves so use a fork or prong to get the entire root out.  Also, a daily hoeing by hand will decapitate weeds and starve the roots so don't weed and then leave it too long.

Once cleaned, the area can be mulched with leaf mold or chipped bark to a depth of 2" to cut out the light and prevent further germination and it should then become more manageable.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 14:32

That's good Liri.  I love making gravadlax with lots of dill.  Used to get it in huge bunches from the Moroccan chappies in Belgium markets.  Haven't see it here yet.

Too hot for weeding so waiting an hour or so in order to avoid frazzle.

Onion plant

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:58

You need to learn patience.  You won't get harvestable onions for 2 or 3 months yet.   Keep the soil between them hoed to reduce competition from weeds for water and nutrients so they can grow in peace.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:55

Let's hope a move up the ladder helps you get the problem identified Hosta.

Ever wondered what you'd make with a 3D printer?  I've seen stories about plastic guns in the USA, bone replication to help with graft operation in the UK and what does Belgium do?  Chocolate of course - https://all3dp.com/3d-printed-chocolate-miam-factory-belgium-mouthwatering/ including a chocolate beer bottle!

Cosmos has now come indoors - to wash his ears.   I'm off to weed the silk tree bed.

What's eating my clematis flowers??

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:42

Well done.  There will be more and the small ones are really hard to spot.

Growing ornamental grasses in troughs

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:41

Until last October, we gardened in Belgium and I found stipa tenuissima to be too nesh for cold winters.  In fact all the stipas and pennisetums I tried failed.

Have a look at Carex buchananii, calamagrostis and shorter forms of miscanthus.   Personally, I find grasses on their own to be very dull so would add some tall alliums to the mix for late spring spheres of purple and something airy like verbena bonariensis which will add texture and colour without volume.

Cuttings from Wisteria?

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:34

I think you should read it all again.  Seed grown plants may take 20 or more years to produce a flower and it may not be the same as the parent.   A successful cutting will produce flowers in 2 or 3 years.

You can try one or all of 3 methods:-

layering, where you peg a stem to the ground or into a pot of compost and wiat for roots to grow before severing it from the parent and potting on.

soft shoot cuttings in spring to mid summer

hardwood cuttings in winter

The RHS thinks layering is the most reliable.  See here for more info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=173

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