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Latest posts by obelixx

New gardener rose question

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 17:53

Yes, clean off and bin or burn all the affected foliage when it drops so the spores don't stick around for next year.   Keep your roses well fed from early spring to late June so they are strong enough to withstand disease. 

Talkback: How to insulate a greenhouse

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 17:48

I have a 6' x 8' aluminium greenhouse which I bought from a friend when she went home to the States.  It came with ready cut bubble wrap and plastic clips and it does just take me 30 to 40 minutes to install it.   It's the emptying, cleaning and restocking afterwards that takes the time.

I'm considering buying extra buble wrap to give the walls a double layer this winter as it's been relocated to a sunnier site and, as yet, has no electricity supply for the heater.


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 14:51

Shugs - leaf fall is not the best time to prune.  It should be done in summer and winter.   See here for advce from the RHS -


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.

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