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Posted: 22/03/2017 at 16:52

I think you should be able to pick one or two stalks next year but otherwise agree with Pansy's advice.

If you want to force your rhubarb to get the early pink stems I suggest you get a second plant and then you can blanch them in alternate years as they need to be left to rest and recover after forcing.  Don't pick stems after mid July in any case as by then the oxalic acid levels are higher and the plant need to be allowed to build up energy for a good crop of shoots the following spring.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 16:24

Dove - I doubt if he planned it on his own or that no-one esle knew what he was up to and could have reported it.    Those poor French kids.

It's the anniversary of the attacks in Brussels last year.    Connections?  Coincidence?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 15:56

I have been happily oblivious outside in the rain digging out some currants - no idea what colour - ready for fence man who may come tomorrow or Friday.   Just as I was wheeling the barrow and pot and spade round a lovely chappy arrived bearing gifts - my plant order has arrived so I spent a happy hour or so potting up and potting on as needed.  It's a mix or repeat rambling roses, shrub roses, perennials and some osteospermum plugs.    Lots of fun.

Just put the news on.  Sounds messy and traumatic for those involved.  I hope they've got the b*****ds.

Coffee for me.  No cake.   Days like this need chocolate.

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 15:50

My plant order has just arrived so I've spent a mucky hour or two potting up and potting on as needed.  Now all under shelter to acclimatise.   Good fun.

Damp, soggy low corner of lawn

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:41

Just make sure it's sharp sand and not builder's sand.  One is sharp and drains well and the other is rounder and soggier for mixing into concrete.   Pour the sand on in piles and then brush across the lawn with a stiff brush so that it falls into your aeration holes.  Do it on a dry day.

Topdressing will come in packs with instructions for application rates, as will a weed and feed mix.   Do make sure you leave a couple of weeks between the sand treatment and any top dressing so your grass has tie to recover form all the attention..

Allium Care

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:37

Soil doesn't need sunlight unless you want weeds to germinate and grow.

pet companions

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:36

That's a shame.  Have you thought of a mounting block?   I loved a fun ride.

When we first moved to Belgium we hired horses for a hack in the Forêt de Soignes in Brussels which has bridle paths reserved for horses.  He wanted to do collected canter!!  I wanted a good welly and so did the horses.  We bought our Belgian house because it had a paddock but then my back went so we lent the paddock to our riding school neighbours who used it for their retired horses and socialising young 'uns with herd manners.

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Damp, soggy low corner of lawn

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:33

It means you're paying an awful lot for the sand.  Better, probably, to buy them separately.  Get your aerating done as soon as poss and brush in teh sharp sand and then, in mid April, you can use lawn weed and feed mix following the instructions on the pack.

Allium Care

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:30

Rainwater on its own does not penetrate pots, especially when covered by foliage.  You need to give it good, regular drinks and, whilst covered in foliage, I would add a liquid feed.    You need to leave the foliage to die down completely so it can feed the bulbs for next year's flowers so don't remove it till it's faded and gone brown.

I borders, you can disguise the leaves by growing the alliums through other plants such as hardy geraniums, geums, astrantias and so on.  In a pot on their own there's nowhere to hide.

Damp, soggy low corner of lawn

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:25

For brushing into fresh aeration holes, sharp sand.  It will help with drainage.  For feeding and improving theoverall health of the lawn apply top dressing according to the instructions.  

Raise the mower blades too.   As FG says, grass needs foliage to grow well and get its roots down so don't scalp it too short.

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