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Posted: 09/06/2016 at 23:00

Clari - Do you feel better for it?   Have you measured yourself?  Muscle weighs more than fat and takes up less space.

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Monty Don's Rhubarb

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:49

Any edible rhubarb will grow well if you give it plenty of muck on the crown every autumn and moisture in spring when it's starting to grow again.   Some varieties have better flavour than others but that's a personal thing.

Mine is huge this year too because of the mild winter and all the rain we've had lately.

Last edited: 09 June 2016 22:51:00

Rose graft - what part of the Rose is this?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 16:57

Good idea.  I have taken to putting all my new roses in pots for their first year so they can grow new root systems without worrying about competition in the borders and have also rescued a few that were struggling and which are now doing well in pots.

I'll plant them out again in the autumn or maybe protect them again over winter and plant them next spring.


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 16:51

Never mind YS.  Chocolate is good for you - as long as it's good chocolate.   When I did lots of juicing I found it was also god for the compost heap.

I am so discumnockerated with this flipping coughing lark I have been reduced to making a spreadsheet of the seeds I bought at Chelsea FS including web links for cultivation needs.   How sad is that?   Just need to do the couple of hundred packs I have in my treasure chest now.

Roast peppers are wonderful and I also like them raw on their own or sliced and baked with sausages and red onions and cherry toms and in my sweet and sour red salad with red cabbage and red beetroot and red radishes and red apple and red kidney beans.  Dress with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.  No oil.  Yum.

Wouldn't roast a cucumber but we like that too.  In fact the only veggies I really dislike are aubergines and okra and swedes and Brussels sprouts.  And asparagus peas.  Complete waste of time.

Need to do a bit of Chelsea chopping too when the thoracic earthquakes stop.

Acer planted in sunny spot

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 13:02

Most Japanese maples suffer from wind scorch rather than sun scorch but the pale leaved ones are definitely more susceptible to sun.

One way to help it is to give it a thorough soaking of several gallons of water over a couple of hours and then mulch the soil under the branches with something like chipped bark to reduce water loss. 


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 12:58

YvieStevie - shocking for your rmum.  Hope she recovers well.

Hazel - parsnips are very versatile.  i've done this cake and the Belgians loved it - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/honey-parsnip-coconut-cake and this way with sausages is very good too if you use parsnips instead of swede which we don't like - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/sausage-maple-swede-traybake and then good old roast parsnip with Sunday dinner cos they van be tweaked with honey/male syrup/parmesan/spices accordingly. 

I am coughing and spluttering so much I've had to rope in OH to clear a veg bed so I can plant the onion sets.  Fed up.

Rose graft - what part of the Rose is this?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:32

Not working but yes, the graft is the knobbly bit where the decorative rose is grafted to a rootstock, usually a  rambler for vigour.   There are two schools of thought for planting.  The old one says leave the union above the soil and the newer one, as advocated by David Austin and others, is to bury it a couple of inches below the soil to protect if from frost and wind damage and allow the grafted plant to produce some of its own roots.  It's supposed to reduce suckering from the rootstock too.

Be patient.   New roses can take a season or two to get going while they develop a decent root system so be patient.  Make sure they don't dry out in hot spells and give them some slow release rose or tomato fertiliser to encourage flower formation.

helping my christmas tree

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:26

Too true.  We buy rooted trees most years but have only once had one grow when planted out.  It's now as high as the house but has a raised canopy cos the horses in the paddock leant over and ate the lower branches on one side.  I cut the other branches to stop it looking unbalanced and now it's a fine tree.


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:09

Hosta - what have you got in there that needs such warmth?  Don't they cook?

We are forecast a whole day of sunshine and NO RAIN!  Whooppee.  Still a chilly northerly breeze though.    Unfortunately Possum has passed on a cold which has grabbed me in the sinuses and chest so not conducive to gardening but I'll do my best.   Found some red onion sets yesterday - didn't plant them at the right time as it was so cold and then so wet but they'll not do owt if they stay in the bag so I'll give them a go.

All those wanting rain, I hope you get some.   

Busy, 40 for tea will be very cosy.  Have fun.

A friend of mine opens her 1 hectare garden for charity in the Belgian yellow book scheme but also takes groups by appointment at €5 a head.  She had a date booked in May for a prestigious historical gardens society to come and offered to do an English tea if they'd pay €10.  Lovely - roped me in for cakes and she'd do sandwiches.  The day before the visit they cancelled.  Friend incandescent and sent off a shirty mail to the organiser who replied indicating the group's website where my friend found they were charging €55 for the visit.   No wonder people cancelled when they discovered they could see it for €5 in June.  No cake tho.  In Belgium you just get the garden.

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helping my christmas tree

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 09:45

It won't grow new branches to replace the old dead ones.

If you do this again, you need to give it a decent sized pot with good quality compost and regular feeding and watering.  In a pot it is entirely dependent on you for food and water - like a houseplant.   Rain on its own won't be enough.

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