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Storing Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:22

Gremlins been attacking my posts again. Thanks for your replies. Garden got through the weather without any of the major plants being damaged only the tall dahlias got snapped so they are all in being prepared for storage now. I have had new glass cut for the greenhouse door only £20 in my local double glazing factory so not too bad . Anyway got to get on with it , let see what the snow can do this year!

Dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:00

Sorry Bilje for not thanking you on your response the website gremlins lost my posts and I could not find the thread until today. 

Half my dahlias are up and drying off in the kitchen. They came up quite cleanly this year so I havnt washed them , as they have dried off I have just rubbed off the loose dirt and returned the worms to the garden.. All the green leafed dahlias have been frosted this week so they have been  lifted. The dark leaved bishops are still ok so they will get dug up next week after this cold snap they are promising this week. 

The garden is still looking colourful though. The roses, gerainiums and marigolds are having a last blast. the weather is a big chilly here today so I have just started digging out the horses muckheap ready to mulch the garden . Amazing the amount of heat that comes out of the pile.

Still got problems with Forum

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 15:44

Cant search my old posts and not getting any reply notifications... come on techies get it sorted!

Dahlias

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 15:31

I have heard some people use an anti fungal powder to prevent rot. Any idea what it is called? Looked in my gc today but could not find anything. Just started digging my dahlias up today. The storms have really battered them. Last year I dried them for a few days in my kitchen and then wrapped them in newspaper before putting them in garage. All my bishops survived but some small dwarf tubers did not but not to bothered as they b are easy to grow from seed next year. 

 

Storing Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 22:11

thanks fidgetbones. I am sure i will have more fatalities by the morning, greenhouse door has just smashed in the wind!

Storing Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 22:04

The wind today has snapped some of my cactus dahlias. They have about 6inches of stems left. As they have not had chance to  get frosted and die back yet should i dig them up and try to store them or are they ruined? my other idea was to leave them there and see if any leaves come back before the frosts maybe mulch or put a frost tunnel over them?

Sparrows!

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 03:51

We have had a brilliant year with young birds, the garden feeders have been covered with baby sparrows, gold, green, bull and  chaff finches, various tits, blackbirds, wood pigeons and for the first year we have a family of starlings. I now have 3 seed feeders, 2 suet blocks and  kitchen scraps out on the patio. I have to hoover the patio every day to clear up the mess!

I counted 21 baby swallows in our horse barn this week all trying to fledge at the same time. Itwas a nightmare trying to do the horses without being dive bombed.we also have another 2 nests which will probably go next week. It is amazing that as soon as these tiny swallows leave the nest they fly thousands of miles. 

On a down though we have not seen the nuthatch return this year and somone shot our buzzard last week. Sick bastards!

Can you ID this prolific flowering plant?

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 21:42

cant quite make out the flowers but the leaves look like that invasive plant found on river banks etc think it is called hymilayan or indian Balsam. if it is get rid of it as it spreads like mad dont compost it either bin or burn as the seeds are very resiliant or pieces of it will grow new roots. It is getting to be a nightmare for conservationists and farmers. hopefully it will get on the banned list soon.

http://www.first-nature.com/flowers/images/impatiens_glandulifera5.jpg

poorly nectarine tree

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 08:21

Thanks Busy-Lizzie and fidgetbones. I will start taking leaves off this mornng and give it a spray. Hopefully I can save it as it is early in year, pity it started off the spring so well with plenty of new growth and leaves i was hoping for a good crop  

whats wrong with my tree?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 21:05

my nectarine tree is always the last to get leaves so I would not worry to much. They like sheltered sunny positions but be carefull they dont dry out. I cover mine in the winter with a fleecy bag seems to encourage it to come back to life a bit better

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