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New Pots in bags

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:17

Nutcutlet.........I have tried Vaseline around the rims of planters which contained courgettes.

It works for a while but I found it wore off after a bit and unless you really slathered it on ( which makes moving the pots if you need/have a mind to ) a bit disgusting, I'm not convinced.  You also get funny looks from the sales staff when you ask for several jars of the stuff

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:04

Our present govt. ( in the light of the coming election) has been highlighting the latest employment figures...........if you popped down to Earth from another planet, you may well be forgiven for thinking that all is well on "the Job front".  What I haven't heard explained is how many of these recently employed people are actually in full time work as opposed to part time or - as mentioned above - the zero hour contracts.

Par time and even zero hour can be a good thing but that depends so much on individual circumstances.  There is little benefit to those seeking full time employment if they are unable to obtain such a position.

Perhaps it may be more enlightening if the employment figures broke the stats down ?  Or is that expecting a bit too much ?

Is bistort meant to go brown?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:45

If it is doing well other than naturally dying down in winter, I'd leave well alone Bigbarb.

If you are concerned, just take a root off, pot him up and then you will have at least something to replant

New Pots in bags

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:41

Those woven sacks that you buy animal feed in seem to work quite well for a season.  Basic dustbins are good too.  Whatever you choose, you are always going to have to keep an eye out .

Mystery bulbs need identifying!

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:34

All the pics certainly look like Day Lillies...........too many hairy bits for Agapanthus   They look exactly the same as my Hems which are just starting to sprout again.  The Agapanthus haven't even bothered to die back this winter tho I understand some are "evergreen" ?  No idea which mine are as they were given to me .

Talkback: Five ways to eradicate weeds

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:10 do need to eradicate the perennial weeds ( bind weed, bramble, dandelion, etc. ) before laying your gravel.

Glyphosate really only works well when you can spray or paint it on the top growth so unfortunately you will need to wait until the weeds are growing and producing enough leaves.  With the likes of bramble and bind weed, it may take several applications to totally rid the area.

The advantage of Glyphosate is that it becomes inactive on the actual soil so you can re plant fairly soon after application.  The disadvantage is that , as above, one application is unlikely to be sufficient.  Best perhaps to start off your Lillies, Hydrangeas, etc. in pots until you know that the baddies have been dealt with.

Weed suppressing membrane is not all it is cracked up to be IME.........if you have any perennial weeds left, they will force their way thru the membrane within a season or two.  Also bear in mind that you will still need to do some weeding to remove any annual weeds blown or carried into your garden.

Hope this helps a bit and I wish you all the luck in making some nice borders

Is bistort meant to go brown?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:48

I've also found that they do better given a bit of shade ( for me anyway )

Moving Bamboo

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:45

I'd agree with Blairs...........that is Miscanthus tho what variety I don't know.  Miscanthus zebrinus is one I've grown previously.  Well behaved - slow to spread - and attractive striping. 

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:06

I believe this is a grass which I grew in a previous garden ( 15 plus years ago ) but cannot recall the name.  It looks and sounds similar but I had thought mine evergreen.

The description given states "may be evergreen in warm climate " but treat as deciduous.

If it is the one I'm thinking of, I grew it alongside Imperata "Red Baron" as the colour combination was wonderful.  I liked it particularly because it was beefier and a better blue than Festuca glauca.

2 questions...........Is anyone growing this particular grass ?  Is there another similar but better one ?


Heating/Insulating Greenhouse

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 17:31

If you only intend to grow Annuals from seed, it is probably more economical to delay sowing until the weather warms up.  If raised in heat too early, you run the risk of your plants suffering from low light levels.  Most annuals sown in March - May will soon catch up with earlier sowings.  Running a heater to keep the g/h frost free is a different matter

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Rude but funny.

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