Latest posts by quercus_rubur

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!

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 04:36

I have 2 cats (after taking in a stray cat which turned out to be pregnant). I provide toilet facilities in both house and garden, but have still seen the youngest using a flower bed in my next door neighbour's garden when it's been weeded.

I'm the only resident in my neighbourhood who grows fruit and veg so I don't feel too guilty. Plus I've always kept them in at night, and I think this is why they generally stay in the vicinity of my garden.

Cows in garden

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:46

I'd go with Dave's suggestion of asking him for his insurance details. Better to shock the farmer than the cows


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:32

If the stems haven't broken you might find they actually perk up again. A couple of weeks ago most of mine were flattened by the wind. A couple of days later they were fine

Pansies all wilting :-(

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:09

I have pansies in a pot. As Dave says, they do react very quickly to lack of water. They also react very quickly to being watered and will perk back up in a few hours


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:04

How badly are they flattened? Personally I remove the flowers anyway as they take energy from the tubers. I wouldn't have thought it would cause much damage. Have a furtle round in the soil and see how they're going. If they're a decent size I'd be tempted to leave them be

Cows in garden

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:59

Well we've had badgers, moles, mice, rats. I think cows are a first! I agree with Fairygirl, if the wall is the farmer's he needs to take responsibility and make it secure. Don't move from some of the world's best views Ian!

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