Latest posts by obelixx

Clematis - pruned it too hard

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:28

It should be fine and all the betetr for it as Richard says.

I treat all my group 2s as group 3s because most if not all of their top growth usually gets frozen to death in winter and it's easier than trying to clear out just the dead stems.  I give them a good handful of slow release clematis food about now and if it's dry, a drink of liquid tomato food as a tonic around Easter.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 15:44

He used to be a regular on GW with GH but AT couldn't cope with the tyres and  fridges.    Great for advice on fruit and veggies but short on aesthetics I fear.

Sorry to learn his wife is ill.  I hope she recovers.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 11:21

Fell asleep before we got to the clems.   Have it recorded tho and it's repeated this pm and tomorrow am - which clearly indicates space in the schedules which could be filled with a programme dedicated to clematis and others on major plant groups. 

Talkback: 10 best vegetable crops for shade

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:42

My veg plot is on the north side of the house so is in shade all winter but does get full sun for about a month either side of the summer solstice when it's high enough.  Morning and afternoon sun the rest of the year.

I grow salad leaves, red onions, Savoy cabbage, curly kale and cavolo nero, fennel, turnips, kohl rabi, leeks, beetroot, Swiss chard, broccoli.  Carrots don't seem to work in my soil.    I also have rhubarb and black and redcurrant bushes and purple gooseberries.

To prune or not to prune??

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 13:52

There was a trial by the Rose Society which found that beds of roses pruned with shears produced more flowers than the same size of bed done carefully tending each individual plant.    

I've never tried it as I don't have mono culture rose beds and I find that heavy frosts take their toll on some roses and they need dead stems carefully removed back to the base.   Some years I do conventional pruning and some years I leave long stems and hook them down to the ground.  Depends on mood.   Wouldn't work with shears.

Anyone started there cosmos seeds yet?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 07:50

Haven't sown a single seed of anything yet.   We'll be away for the first week of April and Possum, who will be manning the fort, is not a good seedling sitter.   

Maybe I should sow this weekend and hope they'll grow big enough to cope for a week if I can rig up an automatic spray of some sort.   What do you think?

What is your weather like?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 07:47

Bright and sunny and no clouds to be seen but very frosty.   I shall be tucked up indoors at patchwork class today but I do hope it's going to be warmer tomorrow as I have weeds to deal with and treasures to tend.

Happy gardening - those who can today.

Need ideas please for a steep slope

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 13:51

Have a look at the latest Big Dreams, Small Spaces programmes from this series on i-Player.   One, the first I think, deals with how to handle just such a slope by terracing and building wooden retaining walls.  

What is your weather like?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 13:49

Froze again last night but not by much.  Bright and dry and 10C so far today but seriously draughty with lots of wind chill factor.   Not pleasant.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 13:47

I had a glow from getting too close to OH's bonfire to toss wood from the edges into the flames!   Hope baby is btter today.

Other than potting up the rest of the lilies I split up yesterday and setting the loose scales in trays of compost I am doing no gardening today.   I have shoulders after yesterday.   

Serious wind chill factor out there today too so staying indoors and doing some unstrenuous patchwork homework.

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