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Creeping Dogwood

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:55

I would think they would be ok Tanty although I haven't grown them myself. If nobody else can give you more definite information, why not try digging up one plant and seeing how much root etc comes up with it. If it looks like a nice root ball I would think you would be ok to transplant them.

The plant is increased by division so is (presumably) suitable for digging up and hacking about. If you find that you get lots of bits coming away rather than a nice bunch of roots you could try potting the 'bits' up to grow them on that way before reusing them.

Good luck 

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:46

Dear old Des - him of the original fake tan & white teeth - used to quite fancy him when I was about 13 

john innes seed compost

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:41

I thought compost for sowing seed was intentionally low in nutrients anyway - so I wouldn't be too worried about that aspect of storing it. You should be ok as long as the bag is intact - it is a bit of a nightmare rehydrating compost which has completely dried out - only suitable for use as a soil improver really.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:34

Yvie - it sounds as though your hubby has a real issue around bees (presumably wasps too?)

We have a friend who was badly stung by a wasp as a very young child & is now quite phobic about them. He is a commercial pilot & one got into the flight deck ....

Fortunately he had a co-pilot to look after the plane while one of the cabin crew dealt with the wasp. Obviously could have been very serious if it had happened during landing or take off - but it was just instinct for him to wildly flail about and then run out of his seat. 

Don't know what the passengers thought - but he had to go for a tea & biscuits chat with his senior pilot... 

PS: Really, really hope it is not a rat in the car - I would die if I found one in mine (probably quite literally, if it happened while I was driving).

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:20
pansyface wrote (see)

I think they taste like cat pee when they are raw. Not that I would know......

Can't take you anywhere Pansy.... 

Perki - Blackcurrants are a bit like gooseberries - you might find a nice sweet one off the bush - but they usually need to be cooked with some sweetener to be enjoyable.

I believe some raw white currants taste a bit like grapes.

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:57

Thank you for your help Perki - I'll look at the varieties you suggest. Fortunately I have a reasonable sized space for growing the bushes and we love to eat the produce 

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 21:24

Thanks for your help Pansyface - they are all lovely to eat aren't they? I just adore summer pudding mix (quite happy to have it without the bread casing) with clotted cream or ice cream - high summer in a bowl

(Also rather nice spooned into a G & T)

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:02

Thank you Pansyface - I should have said that I'm in sunny Suffolk. We probably don't get as many really bad frosts here as those in the north or higher up - but it has been known so a frost resistant variety would be good. 

I'm thinking of having 2 blackcurrants and one red to be planted in a row. I should be ok with the spacings you suggest as I think the length of the row will be between 4 and 5 metres (need to check).

Ben Lomond sounds as though it has the sort of growth habit I prefer - but I'm a bit concerned about the redcurrant. Does it get very sprawling and big? Do you also grow white currants? How does their growth pattern compare?

Lots of questions - sorry! 

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 12:00

I'm now ready to plant up my new soft fruit patch.

Have just ordered the raspberries (Polka) but would like some help selecting currant bushes.

I want to grow both black currants and red currants and am looking for large, juicy, sweeter fruits and a good yield. Can anybody recommend some reliable varieties please?



Posted: 27/02/2015 at 10:54
Morning all - lovely day - off into the garden soon.
DD - certainly sounds as though 'something' has happened to make your cat nervous of going outside. I agree with some of the previous posters to keep him in at night with a litter tray and with the flap locked. I highly recommend using a Feliway diffuser close to the cat flap and where he sleeps. I would also clean the door and the cat flap with diluted biological washing powder solution then rinse off and spray the door and flap with Feliway in case another cat has been nosing around there. Hope you can buy Feliway in France!
When I helped run a cattery we sometimes had cats who were reluctant to use a litter tray. We found that a covering of soil from the garden sometimes helped encourage them.
If the problem persists a trip to the vets to make sure there is no underlying medical problem might be on the cards.

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