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Turning ugly waste land into edible garden

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 08:54

fruit bushes, gooseberries are good as they are spikey, it keeps the marauding local kids away from my fruit!

primula candilabra

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 09:19

I love the candelabra primula's at Harlow Carr, the year before last I arrived as the seed was just about ready to harvest and some just jumped into my bag without my knowledge (but with my mothers knowledge apparently! ). now I've got loads flowering, but they are all red so far which is a little disappointing, but there are some more just about to flower, so I live in hope of more colours

Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:54

weeds, sorry

How can they get it so wrong

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:02

its the problem with showers, hit and miss, it was supposed to rain all night here but it started raining at 8am and rained for about 2 hours on and off, we've had one heavy shower this afternoon and that was it! could have done with a few hours rain overnight to give the ground a good soak

Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 15:55

standard peat (make sure it has NO fertilizers added) mixed with some perlite or washed sharp sand works great (I usually do 75% peat 15% perlite and 10% sharp sand), for my fly traps I have a pile of pine needles rotting down which I top dress with in the spring (stops the weeds and also is acidic)

potting up us usually done when the plants are dormant (during winter) I usually pot up in around April time, but if you are delicate you could do it now, just try and leave as much soil around the root balls as possible, make sure you give them a good soak before and after you transplant.

once potted up make sure they are somewhere sunny with lots of air flow, mine are outside from February till late October in full sun and currently under an old hamster cage as the local blackbirds try and take the soil for nests at this time of year!


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 15:38

I grow runners in rows but crossed half way so they form an X shape end on, it means that when the runners get to the top they hang outwards with the beans underneath so they are easier to pick.

peas and French beans I grow in wigwams with sides sloping at about 45 degrees, and tied into a kids bike wheel at the top. That way there's plenty of space for them to grow and I can see all the pods

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 15:35

I get bull finches, gold finches and green finches regularly, masses of starlings (like 50 at a time) even a willow tit recently (which must have been lost!) less commonly I get linnets, partridges and a heron that wont take the hint that there's no fish in my pond!

peacock orchid problem

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 15:29

if they are supposed to start showing in the next two weeks or so I would've expected to see some signs of growth, roots and shoots starting out, but there was literally nothing?

i'm just wondering if they needed some sort of stratification in cold or something to kick start them?

peacock orchid problem

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 11:52

i bought some peacock orchid bulbs (Acidanthera bicolor, sometimes called Gladiolus callianthus) over the winter and planted them in some decent compost/leaf mold mix in large pots about 4 inches down in around late February I then put them in my greenhouse as I know they are not particularly frost hardy.

this weekend with no signs of growth on the surface I had a dig in one of the pots and the bulbs are still there, solid with no signs of rot - but no signs of growth either? as in they look exactly the same as when I planted them?

am I just being impatient? or should they be growing by now?

Planting wild flowers in a previously heavy weeded area?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 11:37

de-turf the area, this will get rid of most of the main weeds (docks and dandelions might escape) and it will give a nice nutrient poor soil for the wildflowers to seed into.

also make sure that you have a mix of annual (cornflower, poppies etc.) and perennials (Red Campion, oxeye daisies etc.) that way it'll reseed itself nicely

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