Latest posts by Obelixx

Yew bare root planting, autumn of spring?

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 21:40

Autumn for bare root anything - soil still warm and the roots have time to settle before the plants get active in spring and require food and water supplies from their roots.

Gardening for active elderly

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 21:38

If there's golf on TV I find my OH can be a heavy object to shift but wiling enough to do heavy lifting otherwise.

How do you define elderly?  I had my only child aged 42.  Medically, pregnancy over 35 is defined as a geriatric pregnancy.

Now that she is 22 I know people of her age and older who get exhausted just hearing about what I and my kind get up to.  Gardeners, in general, are active, energetic and inventive people who find ways round problems and stay fit and supple far longer than couch potatoes.. 

The student posting this question needs to think much more carefully about what he or she wants to achieve and how to define and quantify the limits of his or her project and/or aspirations and then, maybe, ask a more intelligent and considered question.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 21:26

That's correct.

simple Questions

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 21:24

You need to embrace the power of Google and look and learn for yourself!

Herbs can be annuals, biennials or perennials and can be used for culinary of medicinal purposes.

Have a look at this site for starters then google on from there if you need more info.  http://thegardeningcook.com/fresh-herbs-annual-perennial-or-biennial-which-is-yours/

You also need to start finding your way around the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website which includes lists and info about all sorts of plants you are likely to be selling - as well as many more - along with info on their size, soil and light needs, hardiness and how and when to sow, grow, propagate and prune.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:48

I'm assuming both but can't really say as I'm just getting to know them.   I've just found some sprouting in a pot of daff bulbs I dug up earlier this year and hadn't separated as they do look just like wee daff bulbs.  I shall pot them up quickly and see what happens.   They aren't growing in the best soil here - heavy clay that goes rock hard in dry spells.  None in the looser, more fertile bits that have been pasture before.

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Is it the end of Fuchsia?

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:24

Fuchsias did originate in the Americas so maybe they've been breeding them, like they have hostas.  However; Europeans love them too and have a wide range on sale now at plant fairs and specialist nurseries so who knows?

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:22

Even upside down it looks good.

I have been out to take pics of my autumn daffs - sternbergia lutea.  When we arrived here last October I thought they were crocuses but they are, in fact daffs and have leaves at the same time as the flowers which are even better this year in the group at the foot of the wall.

This pic of a group by the well shows the foliage more clearly.

Is it the end of Fuchsia?

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:05

That is really sad.   Lots of fuchsias in gardens here as many can stay out all year.   Do you know where the gall mite came from?  USA or European imports?

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 15:54

Possum adores Waitrose mint jelly which we buy at the British supermarket in Waterloo or Everberg back in Belgium.  None here but a garden full or wild apple mint so I made my own which, as yousay Dove, is so much nicer.  Possum had a teeny taste but doesn't like it.   Not sweet or green enough I suspect.

Was going to go and buy furniture restoring oil and seat cushion pads this pm but got distracted and then chappy called to talk about starting our shower extension next week so too late.   Will go tomorrow instead.  Meanwhile, I'm re-organising the dining room and cleaning floors and cuddling dogs who miss their dad.

Good looking beans.   Need to go and pick veggies for dinner this evening.  Lots of cabbage and broccoli full of wildlife cos OH made the beds too wide to net.  That'll be fixed for next year!  Swiss chard and beetroot looking very good and assorted squashes ripening nicely.

Dots on Laburnum leaves

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:35

Looks like one of the rusts which are caused by fungal spores.   As it is late in teh season and the leaves will fall soon I don't think it's anything to worry about but I would suggest your sweep up the leaves as they fall and burn or bin them.  Do not put them on the compost heap or use to make leaf mold.  I don't think there are any other effective controls for this problem other than good plant care.

You can fork loosely around the base of the tree and under its canopy once the leaves have fallen and work in a handful or two of bonemeal for root growth and general plant health and then, in spring, give it a high potassium feed for roses or tomatoes or just potassium (K) if you can get it.  This will promote good flowers without the nitrogen levels encouraging too much soft leaf growth which rust spores will enjoy.

You can find out more on the RHS site - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=756 

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