Ritchard Freeman

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time to take cuttings

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 00:12


I thought I'd take advantage of the heavy rain yesterday and gather some fresh cutting material from my Hanging baskets and containers to make some 'stock plants' for next year.

Thought it would be a nice dry(ish) greenhouse job, and proactive!

My heated propagator gave me amazing results in spring, so I thought I'd try some more cuttings now. I carefully gathered and prepared over 100 cuttings.

I inspected them today to see if any have wilted (some do sometimes) only to find, with today's change in weather they ALL HAVE! Not only that they've gone black.

I guess the greenhouse temperature of 50C + was too much? 

Do you think I should put the propagator somewhere cooler?

Better luck next time.


Talkback: Rain dancing

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 00:01
I have the same problems! Not tryied the ballet dancing, but doesn't seem worth the effort. I've given up on trying to sow seeds in my new veg patch. Too wet for most things. Then in the dry spells I'm watering what I have put in!

Most of that is 'bolting' due to stress!

Half my plot has 6" cracks in. The other half too wet to walk on. Why can't we just eat the weeds? There's plenty of those.

small black spiders...

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 23:25

I've seen loads today. about 1cm big, all sunbathing. You don't notice them until you go near them, and then the path seems to move, as they all run away?

Overgrown Ivy on House

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:54

The green ivy in the side of my newly bought (last year)  house is getting out of control.

Last year I cut back, almost to the wall, what I could reach, and to my surprise it grew back all variegated, lovely I thought.

Now for the rest?

I want to take it off the wall totally (above where I can reach) and let it re-grow. flat & variegated.

This will involve scaffolding etc...

But I think there might be birds nesting in the higher, sticking out 3', green, ivy.

I want the Ivy gone, I'll do it carefully, by hand (not machine) but ...

What if I find a nest? What do I do?




irises changing colour

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:52

Are you sure they are the same plants? Have you checked the rhizomes. They could be seedlings, mixed in with the originals. Just a thought.

Advice with a planter

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:47

I'll third that. Are you planning on planting the wall too?

Border planting plans

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:42

Try one question at a time. I'm sure there's lots of answers here for you. Firstly, Now's a good time to move perennials, can you take some of yours with you?

Peas in the Gutter

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 23:10

Thanks, might try both options, got to give gutters a go!

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 22:22

Started mowing and weedkilling. in March!

Almost planted the new Rose border.

Potted up sprouts.

Watched the ladybirds wakeup.

Watered and fed the move 'in the green' Snowdrops

Well please with results of last springs harsh pruning of flowering currant and forsythia. now flowering beautifully.



Peas in the Gutter

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 22:14

I've read that one good way to start off your pea crop is to sow them in some guttering in the greenhouse, then put the rooted run into the garden. Has anyone tried this? Successfully?

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time to take cuttings

something to do in the rain. 
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Talkback: Rain dancing

I have the same problems! Not tryied the ballet dancing, but doesn't seem worth the effort. I've given up on trying to sow seeds in my new v... 
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Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 00:01

Overgrown Ivy on House

...but there might be birds nesting in it? 
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Peas in the Gutter

Propagation method 
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Problems with Cauliflowers!

Cauliflowers not growing well? 
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What happens to snowdrop flowers when they fade?  
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can you make a free hedge?

quick growing hedge from cuttings 
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