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How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:52

My poor dahlias are just green stumps with no leaves. They have been eaten down to the ground at least twice this years dispite me scattering ferric pellets around them. I am getting worried that they will just run out of steam if they dont develop foliage soon. One has been in the ground for two years and the second for one and I would be quite miffed if they would die not because of the weather but because of slugs! Thinking of bying some pet bottles just to be able to make some chaeap closhes for them. Previous years they have just outgrown the slugs but not this time.

So will they surive if they don't develop proper foliage this yaer?

No fruit on my redcurrant

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 21:18

Tried to find out when I did prune it. but cant find the old post on the beeb's website. Suspect it was in the sping of 2011 so I though all the damage should have been rectified. These plants seems quite tricky to prune. Too much no fruit to young wood same problem

No fruit on my redcurrant

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 20:17

My redcurrant is now about 2.5 years old and I think it should show some signs of fruiting. Last year I pruned it and therefore didn't get any fruits at all. This year I have locked the secatearus away but still no sign of currants. The bush locks really healthy with loads of leaves. It gets sun in the afternoon. So what is going on? The British summer???

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:20

I have tried the ferric pellets and this year they have failed. Everything has been eaten. Tomatoes gone, sallad gone, italian kale gone, sunflowers gone, beans gone, POPPIES! gone. Even my sweet peas has been killed. Nothing seems to be safe this year. The plants are either gone or chopped off at ground level like my final marrow. I suspect the weather has been so bad the plants havent been able to take off. My only surviving tom is about 4 cm high and it is almost three months old!!! As you can see there has been carnage in my garden (ok some might be the wood pigeions that used to play bats in my neighbours tree before it fell into my garden)

I have tried planting garlic all over the borders to discurage them as I read the bulb scares them off (Might think they are in France!) but oh no. Might try beer traps again but using ale than lager. Mine slugs are definetly CAMERA members. Haven't tried grapefruit shells but might give that a go too.

Tried grounded egg shells but that didn't help.

.Wouuldn't using coffee granuals shift the pH over time as it makes the soil accidic?

OK engough ramging from me.

Plant identified by Alina W about to flower (epiphyllum)

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 19:39

Thank you both. I have no idea why it has decided to flower now. I think it is about ten years since I took the cutting. Fotofit what tricks did you use to get it to flower? Alina W recomended a coldish spel in winter.

Plant identified by Alina W about to flower (epiphyllum)

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 23:28

Before the BBC closed down their gardening website Alina W identified a  plant that has been in my family for more than 50 years (epiphyllum). Today I spotted that it has two flower buds!!! The original plant that died in the early noughties flowered once in the early 80. I am well shuffed!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbgardening/NF2759007?thread=8343173

Aquilegias and the Chelsea chop

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 10:12
Any season why? No idea what plants you can do this to.

Aquilegias and the Chelsea chop

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 09:32
Can you do this to them.

Gardeners World PDF's

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:11

Any news about the free digital subscriptions to subscribers?

Dying Wroms

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 13:30

I have had a wormer for over two years with ups and downs but now the grim reaper seems to have killed 90% of them. The heatwave we had seems to have accelerated the process of the wast so it all went into a much. Tried to sort that out with some paper but realised it wasn't healping so I empited the whole thing including the sump which had turned into a mudbath. Leaft some in the bottom container and threw the rest in the new scraps I had thinking that the ones in the bottom would leave now it was nicer upstaris. Instaid most of them seems to have died and the wormtea is full of dead worms at least they seem dead. Any idea what went wrong after I emptied it. Is the hand full of worms still alive enought to repopulate it or am i better of to start anew. Had quite a big population before this disaster.

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