Latest posts by obelixx

Day Lily.. Corky

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 23:03

My smallish yellow flowered hemerocallis have been flowering for a couple of weeks now and wafting perfume about but none of the others is flowering yet and I have all sorts.  Most were split last autumn so should be in fine fettle however it's been a cold, dry spring here and maybe that's holding them back.

Ants vs lettuce

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:59

Just keep them well watered.  Lettuce like moisture retentive soil or compost.   Ants indicate your compost is too dry.  

If that fails, once the compost is properly damp again, water the pot with a solution of one small bottle of oil of cloves in 5 litres of water and pour that on.   They don't like the smell and will move out but the compost has to be damp or it'll just go straight through and not work.


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:19

I do it to nearly all of mine then give them a feed of pelleted chicken manure and a good drink.  3 weeks later they have a fresh covering of new foliage which is healthy and attractive even if they don't flower again, but they often do.

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:13

Surely the art of a gardening programme such as GW is to show us what is possible, what is good practice and what to do now and why so that we all learn, or have reminders or new info on techniques and plants, whatever our abilities, budget and level of experience.

I find Monty's approach baffling at times.  He'll say something like sow your own foxgloves and get 100 plants for £2.50 packet of seed but then feature great hulking expensive purple bananas that the average gardener can't hope to protect in their average sized plots and sheds and greenhouses.

He'll say things like right plant, right place and know its origins to get it right then mess about growing these bananas or planting melons in a dodgy hot bed when many of us are having a job just to get squash and pumpkins to cope with the cold, dry weather this year. 

Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 12:42

A lot depends on where you are and how old the bulbs are.  I have new allium bulbs such as Allium sphaerocephalon planted last autumn that are still in bud whilst the new Christophii are almost at their full OTT glory.

Older ones of several forms are already going over and setting seed including tall white ones and puprle sensation and shorter purple chives.  White chives are still flowering.   Their nectarospordum cousins are just opening their flower heads.   All are fabulous for bees and other beneficial insects and are good for companion planting with roses.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:50

Hi Biofreak.   I've been sowing and planting my veggies and ornamentals according to the lunar calendar and everything is  looking very good apart from clematis being blasted off their supports by strong winds.

Noted with interest that the farmer planted the field behind me with spuds on a roots day and now has some fine healthy greenery poking through and looking sturdy.   The ones planted by another farmer in a neighbouring field just 3 or 4 days later are only just showing through so are well behind.

I am about to start a comfrey tea for my plants and would be very interested in the black spot recipe.  I have very little of it but Zephirine Drouhin has come back this year after doing nothing last year and she always gets a bit.

Path ideas

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:35

Try freecycle too.   Stepping stones are going to be the easiest and cheapest option.  Playing with your dog will scatter gravel all over anyway and then it'll get in the blades of your lawn mower.

My local GC has irregular shaped Japanese stones in grey or brown for about £10 each.  Make sure they are sunk just below grass level so you can go straight over them with the lawnmower.

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 02:06

Never mind the watering - how good is it to see he's got rid of that dreadful attempt at a wildflower meadow!!  

I've just watched the episode in full having missed bits earlier for a phone call and he's seen the light.  Wrong place.  Wrong soil.  Wrong decision.

Let's hope plan B works better.

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 00:18

It depends on the size of the pot, whether it's glazed or terracotta or plastic, what's growing in it, whether it's in full sun or shade, how warm it is each day and how windy it is as that can desiccate plants as much as heat.   You have to use your judgement but definitely better to give fewer thorough soakings than lots of little trickles that don't wet the roots and compost deep down.


Annoying Weed

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 15:38

You need to crush it first and then apply weedkiller.   Otherwise it doesn't absorb it.   In the border, just keep pulling it up when you see it and then bin or burn it.  Do not put the bits on the compost heap or waste ground as they will grow again.

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