Teenrbee


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Feeding

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:58

Many thanks Ladybird4 that's helpful.  I do let the bulbs (all varieties) die down naturally so I am getting something right! I didn't know if they needed an extra boost though.  What sparked this question was that a well known Peony grower/show person suggested feeding peonies with a little BFB in spring and autumn, which I wasn't aware of before. It got me wondering if there were any hard and fast rules on feeding. My agapanthus are grown in a pot so I don't know whether to repot them next spring or just leave them be and hope for the best following the principle that they will get all they need from their leaves? They have been ok the past two years but don't want them to fade to nothing next year.  Anyway, thanks for your response.  Happy gardening.

Feeding

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 09:08

I have been gardening for quite a few years now but still don't know when and what I should be feeding.  I get the impression that you should feed when things wake up and sometimes when they go to bed i.e. spring and autumn but I am totally confused.  Should you feed bulbs (in particular agapanthus, tulips, daffs)?  My two favourite foods I reach for are Tomorite and Blood Fish and Bone - is this ok.  I always feel that plants need a good feed after going to all that effort of producing flowers but will it make them produce leaves or next year's flowers too early or will it merely just go to waste? If anyone can help me and finally stop this annual confusion I'd be so grateful.  Thanks.

Plug Plants

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 12:52

Thanks punkdoc for the answer about Parasene, it's made my mind up.  I hadn't thought the heat/condensation/moisture thing through so thanks for that point.  I think I will just risk it with a fleece at the ready to cover on those particularly frosty nights.  The greenhouse is contained within a beech hedge 'room' in the garden so it isn't quite as exposed as the rest of the garden.

Plug Plants

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 08:37

Thanks Verdun, I'll get the fleece at the ready, got a feeling we might be in for a hard winter this year, since last year was pretty mild here.  Have you or anyone else had any experience with Parascene heaters.  I keep thinking about getting some non-electric heating for the greenhouse but keep getting scared off with stories of greenhouses covered in soot, also worried about fumes as well.  Any thoughts?  Just wish I could win the lottery so I could afford to run some electricity down to the greenhouse/polytunnel.

Plug Plants

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 00:07

I bought some T & M mixed perennial plug plants in the spring, potted them on and didn't get round to planting them out.  They have grown on beautifully on a bench outside but I now want to overwinter them until next spring to give them a fighting chance against the rabbits. I notice that T & M are doing their offer again and am tempted to buy more because they are great little plants.  Question is how should I overwinter them (both this year's and any new ones which will be tiny).  Would they be alright in an unheated polytunnel or unheated greenhouse?  Both are too far away from house to run electricity to them.  They are hardy perennials but I didn't know if they would be too vunerable to frost because they are in 5" pots.  Any answers gratefully received. Thanks.

Green Manure

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 07:41

Can anyone tell me if it is worth growing a green manure on the veg plot over winter.  We generally give the plot a dig over and then cover with black polythene to keep the weeds down and warmth in but are wondering whether it might be beneficial to try a green manure this year.  A few questions, are germination rates fairly good, is the crop easy to deal with when it has done it's work and does it break down easily when it has been dug in and also would it be possible to use a tiller to break it down/turn it in?  Any replies would be gratefully received. Thanks.

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 19:01

Agree Jo47, a dog's breed instinct will always out, although i didn't think mine were bred to run around with pants or socks in their mouths!

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 17:21

Thanks everyone, yes it's nature and you don't live in the country if you don't want to interact with the wildlife but it does spoil the excitement of planting or trying to grow anything.  Yes our PBGV is a sweetie and a 'character' 1 1/2 years old but bosses our 10 year old Basset Fauve around terribly.  When she caught the rabbit she would not give it up and stayed out in the garden, under a hedge until well after dark. As far as repellents goes, I wondered if that would be the case Dovefromabove, and presumably you would have to reapply after rain.  It seems two ways to go, learn to live with it or get someone to net them, surrounded by plenty of helpful farmers so it might be an option, although I would have to go out while they do it.  Yes I do have a foot in both camps - fluffy bunnies and gardening - I can't help it!

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 08:29

We seem to have a worse than usual rabbit problem this year.  French beans, runner beans and more flowering plants than I care to mention have all been ruined by them. Veg patch is fenced all the way around, sufficiently we thought, haha!  We have two French hounds, different breeds but both breeds used in France for hunting rabbits.  Our youngest, a Petit Basset Griffon Vandeen has already caught a young rabbit and whilst this is one less rabbit eating our garden, we would prefer to drive the rabbits out humanely.  I am a bit scared to let the dogs out in the garden now because I cannot deal with the potential carnage!  We are surrounded by open farmland so appreciate we are at a major disadvantage but if anyone has any suggestions.  Re-fencing the whole garden is not really an option - too big and too expensive.  Any repellents?  Many thanks.

Sweetcorn

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:17

Thanks for your replies Welshonion and Blue Onion.  We have planted them in a block as usual. Never had a problem like this with sweetcorn before, last year they were eaten by, we think either a deer or a badger that got into the garden judging by the devastation caused in one night And just when we were planning to harvest the next day, typical.  We didn't realise that about pollination, just really relied on the wind and an odd shake before! Really great tip, will definitely be paying more attention next year. Thanks again.

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