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Dividing Carex 'Evergold'

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 16:35

Will........I split my Carex "Evergold" about a month ago.  It's one of the plants I don't like doing because I find them awkward little beggars. I wouldn't use a knife on them ........ I shake off all the compost and then try and tease away the new growth and follow down to make sure it has some roots attached.  I was looking at mine yesterday and find that about half of the new ones are OK, the others not but I did do some which were very small and therefore a bit debatable.  To be honest, I'm not sure it is a good time to do them now.

There will be other members, notably Verdun, who may have a better suggestion or advice.

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 19:44

Gladioligirl............have a good Haloween anyway

greenhouse for Aeonium arboreum

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 19:36

Providing your Aeoniums are kept very much on the dry side, they should be ok in a cold greenhouse. 

Paraffin heaters are fine but they do produce moisture......something to bear in mind particularly in a well insulated G/H with little or no ventilation.


Posted: 06/10/2014 at 19:29



Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:46

Borage would probably survive long enough to set seed and invade the rest of the is a good plant for bees and other insects but can be a bit of a thug.  I rather think you would regret planting it just to grow something close to the Leylandii.

You don't say how "close" you need to plant or the actual width of the border.  Vinca (minor or major) can make quite a good ground cover.  Also Ajuga reptans may be worth considering.  Both reasonably quick growing ground cover under trees and both as tough as old boots. 

Hopefully someone else may have better idea 

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:13

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:02

Mrs.G......well, you could always pickle them and pass them off as green walnuts I suppose

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 17:38

You don't say what variety of pumpkin you are growing or whether outside or under cover but at this point in the year they should be almost ripe or at least well on their way to ripening.  If you have any small fruits attempting to grow on the vines, remove them as they won't grow much now and will take vigour from the vine. 

As a general rule for winter Squash/Pumpkins, once you have the number of fruit you feel the vine will support and which you think will ripen, remove other fruits and trim back the vine.  Whilst the leaves remain green and healthy, leave them on.  Sad to say, if 2 of your pumpkins are still green at this time of year, it is rather unlikely that the will now ripen sufficiently. 

Hope this helps

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 09:35 far as I am aware the plant/seed distribution has finished for the time being.  The main concentration for those affected is on the drying out, etc. of properties.  It may well be that plants and seeds will be welcomed again next year to continue renovating the gardens but I don't know for sure.

In the meantime, have you checked out the Seed Swap thread on here ?


Posted: 05/10/2014 at 17:19

Many thanks to all.

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