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Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:57

So is he filed under G or C ?  Good point to remember. No mice, healthy pea seeds!

Pansies all wilting :-(

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:50

It's more important to give plants in pots a BIG drink say once or twice a week than a small amount daily. If it's really hot then a big drink daily might be required. As Caral says time of day is important, you can actually cause more damage watering in the heat of the day, especially if you water the leaves rather than the soil as it can cause scorching.

They'll benefit more from a watering early morning, or I think, even better in the evening so they've got all night to soak it up. Hmm hadn't thought about slugs, though apart from Hostas I can't say my pot plants really suffer from them


Plum tree

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:16

To be honest Bergerac the amount of wonderful blossom in those photos who cares if it has fruit, it's amazing anyway!

Best feed/product

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:10

I made nettle fertiliser last year which I left "cooking" over the winter. The problem was  the smell was really awful, and I mean really awful  Not sure I'd try it again

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:57

A dog is a valid option. When we had a dog no cats came anywhere near the garden. EXCEPT you have to clean up dog poo yourself. Cats are at least cleaner. I think adding a bit of washing up liquid to the water sounds a good idea Keith

Plum tree

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:58

How old is it? Thy are notoriously erratic in early years and can take up to 10 yrs to provide any meaningful crop. I have a Damson in its 5th year. It didn't flower for the first 3 yrs. This is the first year I've had lots of fruit - I got 2 last year. 

Rhubarb from Scratch

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:52

Re the forcing, I tried it for the first time a couple of years ago. The variety was Timperely Early, which is supposed to be good for forcing. It tasted bland to me, in contrast to previous years. Also this year, despite feeding, it's been thin and spindly and not worth cultivating. I've taken it up and split it so fingers crossed it comes back.

What varieties would people recommend - not bothered about forcing it?

Using compost early

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:40

When you say "mud" that sounds like it's a bit wet, so just check it doesn't smell sour, in which case it wouldn't be good to add. 

Some things aren't always rotted down completely, such as tree/bush cuttings, hard veg stuff, such as sweet corn husks. Personally I would sieve these out if I was using it in a pot/planter, and put them back in the compost. If  your planter is fairly large then it should be ok, and mix it in esp. if it is a bit wet. 

Best feed/product

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:29

I use chicken pellets as a general fertiliser on everything in Spring. Bonemeal when I'm planting anything new (it's good for root growth).

Tomato fertiliser same as Dove, Liquid seaweed fertiliser on fruit and most other things in pots, liquid  Rose fertiliser on the one rose I have plus the Clematis and Honeysuckle.

Liquid Ericaceous fertiliser on acid loving plants and Blueberries.

Spring and Autumn I'll mulch with my garden compost.


Akebia quinata - thanks

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 04:50

Last year I asked for suggestions for a climbing plant for an east-facing wall. The above was suggested, but I can't remember who by. I planted it a few weeks ago along with Clematis alpina Albiflora, and Clematis macropetala Wesselton.

Anyway thank you. It's romping away, and the Clematis are coming along nicely too!

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