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Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 00:55

Dahlias growing in pots are going to be vulnerable to freezing if left outdoors, and if the tubers freeze they will rot and die.

I leave my dahlias in the ground, mulch them well and hope for a mild winter.

If my dahlias were in pots I would wait until the first frost blackened the plant, cut them back to a few inches, put them on their sides to let any water in the hollow stems drain away and then store them somewhere frost free, keeping the compost pretty dry, until next year when they could be planted out after the threat of frost has passed. (If you have the space in a greenhouse/conservatory etc, you can bring them into growth earlier, but you cannot plant them out until the risk of frost has passed)

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 00:43

A local garden centre (which I find rather dear at the best of times) was selling off some Veronica gentianoides which had finished flowering, at half price. Bearing in mind that the original price was £8.99 that made them £4.49.

Another local nursery was selling the same plants, in larger pots and in flower at, you guessed it, £4.49.

(p.s. I bought an astrantia from them that had been reduced from £4.99 to 50p. Now that's value)

OK, who's got it?

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 00:34

We once had the local farmer deliver a trailer load of pig muck which was tipped on to the front garden. During the night, about a ton of it was stolen. In the morning we could see the wheel marks where the shit thief had barrowed it up the road 20 yards to a car trailer. Heaven knows how long it must have taken.

On a similar theme, a friend had a ton of sand delivered to lay some block paving but it vanished during the night. Next morning he traced the wheelbarrow track and split sand to a nearby block of flats. Entering the foyer, the tracks led to the lift.

What on earth was someone doing with a ton of sand in their flat??

Leaking Oak Barrel

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 00:10

Have you tried hammering the hoops down to tighten the joints. I find this works with properly coopered half barrels when I want them to hold water. using a hammer and piece of wood or metal I work around the barrel driving the hoops tighter.

honeysuckle won't flower

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 00:29

Do you know the variety? 

Honeysuckles usually flower on two year old wood and my 'Serotina' a late flowering honeysuckle is only now starting to show any buds.

Also if it growing prolifically, it may well be putting on leaf at the expense of flowers. As it matures t should start to flower.

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS 1 METRE HIGH LOG ROLL

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 00:10

If you want a log roll look, try your local timber yard or sawmill (not diy shed or garden centre ) and see if they have 'half round' posts. These are basically what log roll is made from.

I would fix treated battens 1"x2" horizontally to the wall and then nail or screw lengths of half round pole to these. If the bottoms are kept clear of the soil, they should last a good long time without rotting.

 

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 00:29

DANGER!  If you use a hover mower on a steep slope and walk down the slope with the mower in front of you, then you are in danger. Should your feet slip down the slope, you end up under the mower. Best plan, pay someone to do it, second best plan, cut along the slope, not up and down. You can lower a hover mower down a slope which works well but as has been said before, you risk cutting the flex on an electric model, or a hernia from hauling a petrol model. Either way you would need to override the dead man's handle, and that is never a good idea.

If the slope is really steep, don't grow grass on it.

Water Butt Solutions - How much do i need, and other questions

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 00:14

As long as the levels are the same, you can connect water butts with hosepipes acting as siphons. i.e. a length of hose is filled with water, one end is placed into one butt and the other end into another. So long as the ends stay submerged, the water level in both butts will automatically be the same. Therefore you could hide a large ibc out of the way, and run a length of hose to a smaller butt on your downpipe. when it rains, the water is automatically transferred to the ibc until both are full. (if the pipe falls out of a butt, the other one will be siphoned dry, so be careful )

jam maker

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 21:03

you can make small batches of strawberry jam ina microwave oven.

Strawbs into a large bowl, high power untill soft, quick bash with a potato masher, add equal weight of sugar and stir till dissolved, then nuke on high until it tries to climb out of the bowl, test on cold plate and into a jar. I don't worry about sterilising jaars as I only make small batches and eat it long before it can go off.

Bees

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 00:00

 I decided this year to sow my whole front garden with Phacelia tanacetifolia. It is usually grown as a green manure and dug in before it flowers.

I let it flower and am know the proud owner of bee heaven. I estimate 20 to 30 bumblebees per square metre at peak times, have identified at least 7 different species and have tree bumblebees nesting in the eaves of the house.

The only down side is that I have read that Phacelia self seeds freely, so I may be growing it every year from now on, whether I like it or not.

C'est la vie.

Discussions started by Tootsietim

cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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