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Why have my box plants turned orange?????

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 09:58

Bonemeal is Poudre d'Os and is good for promoting strong roots.   I have no more Blood, Fish and Bone so can't give you the exact French translation.  However, if you can get it, pelleted fumier de vache, poule et cheval will do the job too and is clean and easy to handle.

Bleu bordelaise treats algae and fungal infections and is not a fertliser.  I would give your box plants a generous helping of the slow release fertilsiers mentioned plus an instantly accessible liquid tonic of engrais liquide pour tomates.  

You can also make your own liquid feed for greenery by soaking nettles in a bucket of water (with a lid on for the smell) for a couple of weeks and then diluting the resulting nitrogen rich stew 10 to 1 with water and using as a foliar feed by pouring it over the plants.   You can do the same with comfrey and the resulting stew is good for flowering and fruiting plants because it has a wider range of nutrients.

science behind frost protection?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 08:32

Such a simple, neat idea.  I shall definitely keep it in mind for my greenhouse if we get a real winter next year.

What can I plant in a shaded north facing garden?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 21:36

Hostas would love it and astilbes and astilboides and some of the hardy ferns.   Eupatorium should like it and will add height and then there's forms of pulmonaria for early spring flowers and spotted leaves for later interest and filipendula.  

You could also try ligularias at the sunnier end - purple leaves for contrats with the other foliage forms and hemerocallis which is very adaptable and has many different flower colours now.   For early spring colour from bulbs I would suggest snowdrops and snake's head fritillaries.

Climber for a north east wall

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 13:16

Have a look at these - and for rose pruning advice to boost your confidence.

help me choose a rose. white blooms, climbing, partial shade

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 13:11

New Dawn is pale pink.   Bobbie James and Mme Alfred Carrière are white and may suit you - 

Beetroot and radishes

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 11:29

Beetroot needs fertile soil that doesn't dry out.  They are prone to bolting if they get stressed by a cold snap or thirst.  Here's what the RHS says about growing them -


Talkback: Bulb layering in a pot

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 10:39

Bulbs go completely under the soil and buried so that the soil or compost above them is twice the depth of the bulb itself.  Shoot end upwards, root end downwards but they find their way if you can't tell and get it wrong.

bare soil

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 10:01

Sheets of cardboard will block the light and prevent weed seed germination whilst also allowing rain to permeate and they will break down to add to the soil over time.  You can hold them in place with metal pegs or just stones.

On the other hand, it may be advisable to let weed seeds germinate and just hoe them regularly to kill them.  If you do it when they're still small they can be left in place to break down and add to the soil structure and nutrients.  A cheaper and easier option than a green manure which needs to be dug in once done.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 08:14

After a heavy frost and a misty start, yesterday eventually turned out very well for pottering in the garden.  I have put up two spring hanging baskets filled with primulas and swapped primulas into the front door pots replacing the cyclamen that are done and can now go out in the front bed.

Cleaned up and top dressed several post of hostas which are now out in the elements but sheltered against the front wall, divided another pot of hostas to make 2 to keep and 4 to swap or sell for charity and sowed 6 kids of tomato, 4 kinds of chili and one of sweet pepper.

Today is very wet and cold so I'm taking 5 pine kitchen chairs to Waterloo to be dipped and then hope to be able to sow some beetroot and get my red onions sets in cells as it's too cold and wet to plant them direct in the veggie beds.

my huckleberry friend

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 08:04

I grew these from seed over 20 years ago in my garden in Harrow.   I remember them being very tasty and easy to grow but our neighbours wouldn't touch them as they looked a lot like deadly nightshade.   Haven't seen any since.   Enjoy.

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