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Hostas - Any Advice out There

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 11:40

I have a hosta which is, supposedly, slug proof.  Bought it from a specialist supplier who recommended it.

Guess which of my hostas is a slug magnet!

Can bare root deutzia and hibiscus share 60 cm pot for one season?

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 10:30

I would give them a pot each and get them planted asap as they shoul dbe developing new root systems now to help them cope with all the foliage and new stems they'll produce in spring.   As Nut says, you want balanced growth so a pot each.

Soak the roots in a bucket of luke warm water for an hour before planting so they are fully rehydrated.   Use the best compost you can find - Jon Innes 2 or 3 - not multi purpose as this can turn into a solid block which is difficult to hydrate.   To ensure good flowering potential, give them regular feeds of liquid rose or tomato fertiliser after the first couple of months as the fertiliser in the compost only lasts 3 months at best.

Hostas - Any Advice out There

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 10:04

Hostas benefit form being grown in pots for the first couple of seasons, especially if sall when bought, as tgis gives them time to grow bigger and stronger with better root systems before they need to fend for themselves.

You can protect against slugs with a regular, weekly scattering of organic slug pellets starting on Valentine's Day cos it's easy to remember the date.   The point is to scatter thinly around all susceptible plants - daffodis, hemerocallis, hostas, clematis etc - and not to turn teh earth blue.   This system get sthe perishers a sthey emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before the have acahnce to feed and breed.

Keep it up till mid July or later if we have a wet summer.  Renew after heavy rain.

Plants in pots need protection too so don't forget them.

Wood post in concrete

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 08:43

In my experience metposts are less secure than concrete too.  All our fence and trellis posts held by metposts are at a drunken angle now after a series of gales over the years but the concreted ones are vertical.    Some of the posts have been there 20 years and none has rotted yet.

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 13:53

I have box hedging round my front rose and perennial bed and love it but it measures 7m x 4m and had trellis for a climbing rose at one end so doesn't take up masses of space.  The box hedge gets an annual trim around Derby day.    My veggie beds are all raised beds using roof beams which I find very practical.

I think you should do as Swiss Sue says and try taking out the middle hedges to make bigger beds and see how that goes for a year or two.   Then you can decide whether the box hedging adds or detracts and have the option of clearing the rest or keeping it accordingly.

It's easy enough to make regular light scatterings of organic slug pellets to deal with any slugs and sanils and you may well find the box shelters beneficial insects and keps cold breezes off young seedlings so you get better crops.

Where to buy

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 15:18

You can go to the RHS website and use their Plant Finder facility to identify nurseries that stock these plants.  Some do mail order if there isn't a supplier near you.

I indulged myself...

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 13:37

Lovely new toy Steve.   Lots of fun to be had.

hydrangeas

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 18:52

Depends which variety you have as some flower on old wood - mop heads and lace caps - and some, such as paniculata forms, flower on new wood.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:47

Thanks Biofreak.   If we stay above freezing this week I may also risk sowing some toms and chillies next Sunday but will save some seeds for a later fruity day, just in case.

New old window

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:44

Our farmer nieghbour, whose wife runs a riding school, has used old French doors reclaimed from the local double glazing company to build the walls of a mounted observation post for judges and commentators next to their big outdoor manège.

Since then, he's used more to make a sheltered picnic area for competition days for competitors and spectators.  

When we bought this old farmhouse and had some nasty white UPVC windows replaced with wooden framed ones we kept the old frames and their windows and I used them as coldframe lids for a while before giving them all away to a chap who used them to make a greenhouse.......

 

 

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