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Anyone for Coffee

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:14

If applied thickly enough the caffeinated grounds are supposed to deter slugs who don't like caffeine but I just add ours to the compost heap with all the other green kitchen waste.

hormone rooting powder

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 16:47

It's not a food product for consumption so maybe the rules are different.

hormone rooting powder

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:04

It does lose its potency after just a few months so is probably no good after a few years.    Pelargoniums root readily without help as long as you give them a gritty compost.

Hardy geraniums can simplify be divided and potted up with bits of root attached.  Water and keep in a sheltered spot out of direct sun until new growth starts.









Looking after my gunnera

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 08:04

Hi LL.  Mine will be moved into a cold greenhouse lined with bubble wrap.  I will sink the pot to its neck in the compost filled bed.   I do have a heater I can put on at night if I think it's going down below -10C and I can also cover it with a couple of layers of horticultural fleece for added protection.

Next spring I will start wtareing gently when the temps get around 5 to 8C which is when I expect it to start thinking about growing again and then I shall take it out again after the worst frosts and pot it into a bigger pot for it to grow on and get bigger.

Mine will be planted out when it reaches a pot size I can no longer carry with OH so 60cms max or 90cms if I use one of my plastic terracotta effect pots which are so much lighter.    I keep mine on the terrace in summer and it gets full sun most of the day but has a saucer of water to keep it moist.    When it does get planted out it will be at the edge of my unlined pond where it can get its roots deep into moist soil.   It will be in full sun but they can take partial shade too.

Here is what the RHS says about them -


When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 22:11

Pruning time is picking time and for me that's July when the fruits are ripe.

Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 18:25

I have an old tin bath.  I painted it glossy black and used it for chilling beers in packs of ice but haven't needed it fo rthat in years.  It may very well become a planter when I have time to decorate it and punch some holes in the bottom.   I also found some old galvanised laundry tubs in a street sale.   One has been painted red and gold and stencilled with Xmassy stuff for the Xmas tree and the other is still waiting to be painted to hold pots of plants............

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 12:18

Top pic looks liek assorted blue and white agapanthus.   2nd pic looks like perovskia but caryopteris is a good alternative for late blue flowers.  3rd pic looks like a white form of scabious.   No idea for 4.

I like your cast iron table and chairs.

Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 12:14

I like them as sinks, not planters.  Too stark for me as planters.

I had one installed in my kitchen because it was the only model big enough to fit things like oven shelves for soaking and washing.  However, it broke when I dropped a heavy object in it and I subsequently found a large enough stainless steel sink in IKEA of all places.

I do have a huge ceramic sink outside but it's in ly work area and used as a sink for washing pots and holding cuttings and divisions for easy watering in their early days.   If and when I move I shall either take it with me or try and find another one equally large for hosing down filthy dogs after wet walkies in my new garage.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 11:12

Thanks for this.   No time for gardening this week apart from spraying weeds in paths and cobbled terraces as busy with teh start of teh dance club season.

Will be trying my first ever green manure in teh potager if all goes to plan.  Having difficulty locating seeds round here but may be able to get some from neighbouring riding stables and animal farm or else order by mail from UK.

When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:24

My method is to cut off the stems that have fruited and retire to the terrace with a cuppa or glass of wine and sit and strip the fruit in comfort without cricking my neck or squishing my knees.   This automatically prunes out the oldest wood and leaves the plant to ripen next year's stems and make new ones for the following season.

Other than that, prune out any dead, damaged or frozen stems after the worst frosts of winter are over and make sure the plants have plenty of mulch to retain moisture and encourage good soil organisms.

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