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Talkback: Bulb layering in a pot

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 10:39

Bulbs go completely under the soil and buried so that the soil or compost above them is twice the depth of the bulb itself.  Shoot end upwards, root end downwards but they find their way if you can't tell and get it wrong.

bare soil

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 10:01

Sheets of cardboard will block the light and prevent weed seed germination whilst also allowing rain to permeate and they will break down to add to the soil over time.  You can hold them in place with metal pegs or just stones.

On the other hand, it may be advisable to let weed seeds germinate and just hoe them regularly to kill them.  If you do it when they're still small they can be left in place to break down and add to the soil structure and nutrients.  A cheaper and easier option than a green manure which needs to be dug in once done.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 08:14

After a heavy frost and a misty start, yesterday eventually turned out very well for pottering in the garden.  I have put up two spring hanging baskets filled with primulas and swapped primulas into the front door pots replacing the cyclamen that are done and can now go out in the front bed.

Cleaned up and top dressed several post of hostas which are now out in the elements but sheltered against the front wall, divided another pot of hostas to make 2 to keep and 4 to swap or sell for charity and sowed 6 kids of tomato, 4 kinds of chili and one of sweet pepper.

Today is very wet and cold so I'm taking 5 pine kitchen chairs to Waterloo to be dipped and then hope to be able to sow some beetroot and get my red onions sets in cells as it's too cold and wet to plant them direct in the veggie beds.

my huckleberry friend

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 08:04

I grew these from seed over 20 years ago in my garden in Harrow.   I remember them being very tasty and easy to grow but our neighbours wouldn't touch them as they looked a lot like deadly nightshade.   Haven't seen any since.   Enjoy.

Monty's wildlife garden

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:36

I have a pond, log piles, 3 compost heaps, trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs to provide nectar and pollen and I feed the birds all year round.    My garden is ex cow pasture with agro-chem arable fields to the north and west plus boggy paddocks to the south and east and woodland a few hundred yards away which are supposed to be havens for a wide range of birds and insects - all to be found in my garden which has food and/or shelter for most of them.

I should have thought most of Monty's garden is already a haven for wildlife too but I can see why he'd decide to turn a neglected corner into a new wildlife area to show others with less experience how to go about it.   About time he did something on a normal garden scale that viewers can relate to more easily.

Climber for a north east wall

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:17

They are vigorous and get quickly out of hand and if not regularly pruned they flower at the top and not all over.  They flower early when it's too cold to sit out and enjoy the view of their flowers.   They are dull for 49 weeks of the year but make a good backdrop to other plants when in leaf but not a good solo feature except for the 2 or 3 weeks they are in flower.

Nosy neighbour

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:13

You have the right to use your garden as you see fit as long as you respect laws and by-laws about hedge and fence heights and so on and do not need planning permission or his to erect a greenhouse.  

Be polite to your neighbour when you point this out and maybe suggest a bit of trellis could be added to the top of your dividing fence which would disguise the greenhouse from his garden.  You can then leave th e trellis as is or train a climbing rose or clematis along it for further provacy which its sounds like you need more than your neighbour. 

Pruning persicaria

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:21

Mine looks exactly the same.  You can lightly rake it to remove dead foliage but be careful not to uproot it and otherwise just be patient.  It will recover and regrow as things warm up.

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:58

Belgians don't do proper biscuits so I make my own but only for events such as dance club activities.   I do a mean Parmesan and oat biscuit for the savoury types and then chocolate chip always goes down well and there's a chocolate one with apricots or cranberries which make them chewy and sort of healthy.   I like ginger nuts for the base of a lemon cheesecake and that means a 60km trip to the English shop.

Climber for a north east wall

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:03

There are lots of clematis that would be happy here if you can provide wires stretched between vine eyes screwed to the wall in horizontal rows anything form 12 to 18 inches apart.   You could plant more than one to have a variety of colours of flower but do make sure they are from the same pruning group or things could get complicated.   Viticellas are probably the easiest group as they are vigorous and can be pruned almost to the ground every March and will then produce new growth with flowers all summer long and into autumn.  Have a look at Betty Corning (scented), Etoile Rose, Pagoda, Hagelby Pink and its white form, Lisboa, Melody.  Nelly Moser and Perle d'Azur have larger, flatter blloms and can be treated as group 3s and pruned like th eviticellas if you want to contrast form as well as colour.

Climbing roses such as Golden Showers, Paul's Scarlet and New Dawn will also do well and provide repeated flowering through the summer.  

Both roses and clematis are gross feeders so need really good soil preparatin and annual feeds to keep them looking good and blooming.


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