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Spring onions left in the ground too long

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 22:50

Absolutely.  I've just harvested mine today and plan to dry them out and then cook them in the usual way.   They're the best onions to use for curries, or baked whole but almost quartered with a knob of butter and fresh thyme pushed in the centre or red onion tarte tatin or in roast Mediterranean veggies.

Mine started as spring onions but got too big while we were away on hols so I left them to grow and they've turned out better than the crop I got form sets planted in spring and which then suffered from a long, cold, wet spell and then a hot, dry summer.

Soil. How good does it need to be, really?

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 22:42

That doesn't look too bad at all but do add plenty of compost before planting and then look up plants that like shady positions. 

Not sure about a hydrangea but if the soil is acid, camellias should be OK as long as they don't get early morning sun when frosted as this will burn their buds.   You can also try foxgloves, ferns in the dryopteris family, variegated ivies, euphorbias if you like them and one or two other shrubs such as sarcococca which flowers in winter and gives perfume, mahonia, viburnum x hillierii and variegated euonymous.

wedding music

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 17:45

Another excellent song for the walk out.   How about Bill Withers and Just the Two of Us if we're going non traditional and non religious?

Billy Joel - She's Always a Woman for going up the aisle?

Soil. How good does it need to be, really?

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 12:54

Some plants do well in poor soil, especially wildflowers and weeds but if you want the more usual garden plants you really do have to get the soil right before you plant.  A bit of hard work now to clear crud and rubble and then lashings of well rotted garden compost and manure added will pay dividends over the life of your garden.  

No need to import topsoil if you can get your hands on garden compost.  Ask if your local council has a communal heap and distributes the proceeds.

wedding music

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 12:30

That is an excellent quickstep for beginners.  Thanks Dove.

wedding music

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 11:41

Pachelbel is really very solemn whilst the arrival of the queen of Sheba is all about her rather than a couple so, as it is an exhuberant, uplifting piece, I'd go for that for the bridal entry.

Love the idea of Stevie Wonder for the walk out.  It will make everyone smile.  Does the bridal dress lend itself to a boogie down the aisle?

Keeping hydrangea over winter

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 10:37

You bubble wrap the pot to protect the roots from freezing.  You leave the plant uncovered so it can breathe.  If seriously heavy frosts are forecast you could cover it with a layer or two of horticultural fleece which gives protection from a couple of degrees of frost without suffocating the plant or trapping moisture that will cause it to rot.

It might be simpler just to plant it in the ground.  It will  probably need re-potting to a bigger pot next spring anyway.

Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:55

Well done DD.  That must be such a relief.    And well done to to everyone who offered support and practical help.  Such a good thing to see here but also what I have come to expect of gardeners who seem naturally to be generous people.    


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 11:45

When they are dormant and have lost their leaves or by mid November - whichever comes first.    You can cut them back to about 12 to 24 inches as the first two are group 3s for pruning and group 2s like the General can be treated as group 3s.  I do with mine.

Make sure you water generously at least an hour before you move them and then dig out as deeply as possible as their roots go very deep down.   Prepare their new planting holes first and add plenty of well rotted garden compost and manure to the soil.  Re-plant a few inches deeper than before to encourage extra shoots to form and water in well.

In spring, apply a generous dollop of clematis feed and when shoots start to show, give them a liquid tonic of tomato food.  Repeat the liquid feed occasionally till flowering starts and then into summer to keep them growing and flowering well.

Raised beds on a previously weedy lawn

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 11:25

Turn over your turves as planned then layer on cardboard which is an earthworm magnet and then any grass trimmings, weeds, raw kitchen waste, manure and spent compost you can get your hands on.    Make sure you have some brown, dry waste in there as well as green stuff.  Cover with more cardboard or black plastic and leave to cook over winter.

By spring, you should have wonderful fertile soil that just needs a bit of a fork and rake to level it before planting up.  It should also be moisture retentive so will save on watering except in very dry spells and immediately after planting..

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