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Talkback: Wrapping up plants for winter

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 13:01

Winters here usually have a few weeks of -15C and can get as cold as -32C in a bad year so I prefer tor try and grow hardy plants that don't need extra coddling.   I put pots of hosta and lilies in a shed and pots of bulbs and evergreen agapanthus in the greenhouse.  I put a windbreak mesh on the back fence and another round the two blueberry bushes and then it's fingers crossed.

Why are so many of our favourite bloggers leaving GW?   Great shame.

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 12:52

Nowhere near hardy enough for my garden where winters have seen off a mahonia Charity.

Weed killer on allotment... Which to use

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 13:53

I don't like using glyphosate either so save it for stuations where nothing else will answer.   I too have bindweed which just multiplies when I try traditional weeding so I use glyphosate on that and my garden backs onto an arable field whose edges send invading couch grass, nettles and other nasties into my veg plot and borders.

I use glyphosate along there in spring when they're growing fast and most likely to take it all up and I gather the bindweed up for a close spray or a brush with rubber gloves coated in glyphosate solution.  One day I'll win.


Talkback: How to make willow plant supports

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 17:42

I did a day's course learning to make an obelisk from willow.   They were fresh withies cut in late winter so we had to let them dry out a  few days when we got them home if we didn't want them to grow in the garden.   It was lovely and very satisfying but by the end of the next winter it was ruined.  Not designed to stand up to howling gales, heavy rains or snow or -20C apparently.


Very Frustrating

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 16:20

Epsom salts help with this.  I tbs/15ml dissoved in a gallon/5 litres of water ten used as a foliar spray in spring and summer.   Chlorosis isn't just about iron deficiency.  Epsom salts correct magnesium deficiency and are good for all ericaceous plants as well as ones that aren't to bothered about acidity but are showing yellowing leaves.

Fence Replacement?

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 13:50

What does the neighbour hit it with?  Is the fence just a boundary marker or intended for privacy?

I would be inclined to go for metal mesh fencing as it is sturdy and, if installed correctly will last for years and be more or less maintenance free.  You can buy green, black or white coated mesh fencing in various heights.    You could train a clematis or two or some pyracantha along for added interest.

If that's too fancy or expensive you could make one by cutting panels of the rusty mesh builders use for reinforcing concrete.  It comes in 5m x 2m lengths and we have used it to separate our veggie plot from the field behind and it now has blackberries growing up it and also supports sunflowers and pumpkins in season.

Along another boundary we have cut it to 4' high to protect a holly hedge from cows who were nipping the tender new shoots in spring and making it a very short, fat hedge.  It is now growing taller and has been a picture with masses of bright red berries this year.

Our panels are attached to wooden posts buried in concrete to withstand strong winds.   


eating and..........

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 12:37

My daughter was weaned on carrot purée, mashed bananas and mashed avocados after she spat out baby rice.   Now coming up to 20 she won't touch bananas or avocadoes but likes raw or roast carrots.   We have a rule, she has to eat a good spoonful of any veg I prepare for any meal.  Now she's a student she's away weekdays and cooking for herself.  She loves Thai, Japanese and Indian food so does get plenty of veggies.

When she was at kindergarten and primary school, I gave her healthy packed lunches or sandwiches and hid carrots in little chocolate carrot cake buns.  She never had crisps or bought biscuits and cakes from me but I rather think she bought them at secondary school.

I have a new spiraliser which turns veggies into slices or spaghetti and we all  loved Tom Kerridge's hard core cole slaw with great long spirals of carrot and beetroot.   They only cost about 30 quid and would probably be great fun for kids to use to prepare fun veggies.

Coffee Grindings

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 12:05

We only ever drink filter coffee at home and the grounds all end up on the compost heap.   No good for hostas as they're decaf. 


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 14:35

-5C at midday and bright and sunny so only the stuff on the road has thawed to a slush which will freeze and become a skating rink tonight as we're set to go to -8C.

Staying cold all week with more snow due to fall by Friday so absolutely no gardening but I'll get fresh air walking the dogs so that's OK.

Plants and snow and the Hardiness rating

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 11:51

If it's warm enough for snow to be wet it's warm enough for most garden plants not to need insulation for their branches and crowns but may be too wet for many root systems.   Borderline plants need to be wrapped up in horticultural fleece well in advance of any snow of heavy frosts or else moved to the shelter of a greenhouse or a garage or a conservatory.

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