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ID Please

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 13:35

Looks like C. persicifolia alba to me.   It likes fertile, moist but well-drained soil and can be grown in full sun or partial shade.   

Florence Fennel bolting - can it be saved? And when to sow (for future reference!)

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 13:30

Use them for vegetable stock or compost or the green frondy bits chopped fine in salads.

I have grown it successfully for years on end by buying plugs in spring and planting in succession.  They do like a lot of water so maybe yours were a bit dry?

I have since read it's best to sow after June as this reduces bolting but I have yet to try either method in this new garden as our veg patch is still in the "creation" phase and nothing will be planted there for a few weeks yet.   I'll be giving fennel a go in July, I hope.


Posted: 20/06/2017 at 11:29

Bin then.

Poor soil after conifers

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 11:28

Conifers really rip the life out of the soil so just keep adding as much well-rotted garden compost and manure as you can get your hands on.  Take advantage of end of season offers of cheap multi-purpose compost and pile that on too.  If your ex conifer bed is in the rain shadow of a wall or fence you'll need to wait for heavy autumn rains to moisten it thoroughly or else get the hose out and give it a good soaking.

In the mean time, plant annuals and succulents and Mediterranean plants that don't need massive resources of food and water.  If it's a sunny spot, lavender should thrive and give you perfume as well as being a  magnet for bees. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 11:02

OH had a moan about me watering plants last night but as we've spent the money on bringing them here or buying them it's daft to lose them for the lack of a drop of water, metred or not.   I'll mulch them when we get some rain.

No doubt they'll all complain when it turns cool and/or wet Hosta.


Posted: 20/06/2017 at 10:51

Persicaria can be a very attractive garden plant but this one looks like a weed form to me and not worth keeping unless you plant it as ground cover in an awkward corner.   The RHS lists over 100 garden worthy forms for sun and shade - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Search-Results?form-mode=true&query=persicaria


Posted: 20/06/2017 at 10:25

Wisteria can take several years to establish themselves and start flowering.  They can be encouraged by a twice yearly pruning in July and then again in Jan/Feb when it isn't frosty.   You have to shorten the whippy stems in summer and then cut them back again in winter so that flower buds form.

Easy guide here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242


Posted: 20/06/2017 at 10:21

Thirst is your problem.  Stand your pot up on bricks or pot feet so excess water can drain and then give it a jolly good soak followed by regular watering.    Better still, put it in the ground after giving it a good drink and then bury it a few inches lower than it was in the compost and backfill with good soil.   Keep it watered till autumn when its roots should be able to find enough water on their own.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 10:07

Good morning everyone.  35C out there already and warmer than forecast.  The wind is from the south east so from the land and they add a wind warming factor that says the 33 forecast will feel like 38.  Got that wrong.  The breeze is pleasant but we're keeping the shutters down on the sunny side today.

OH is playing golf, armed with lots of sunscreen and 3 bottles of water as he tees off at 11:30.  Mad.  Doggies will get walkies at 9pm again.

I'm staying in the shade and painting and maybe a bit of sewing in prep for next lot of visitors.

How come all the long hours Chicky?  Year end?  Project deadline?  Hope it's over soon.

Liri - glad it was a good holiday.  LP - hope all is well with your eye ow.  Try a PM to Nora or a post on the Site Feedback board.

DD - your sellers have surely been around your area long enough to know about rural Monday bank closing.  We had to complete our purchase on a Tuesday.    Stay strong.   You're nearly there.

Stay cool everyone and remember your fluid intake!

When is the latest time to sow green beans

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 09:53

Probably too late for runners but I came across some info yesterday that said you can sow dwarf French beans now and get a crop.   I was looking because I have a new potager that has just been cleared but I need to wait another couple of weeks before I can work the soil again or plant anything because we needed to use a brushwood herbicide on some of the weeds.

You could also sow some beetroot, carrots, fennel, broccoli and it's probably worth trying kale to crop from autumn and winter greens so you get something to eat in early spring.   Chinese brassicas such as pak choi can be sown from July as they bolt if sown too early.

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