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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?


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.

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

poorly nectarine tree

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 21:03

my nectarine tree leaves are going red and curling. Anybody got any ideas? the rest of my fruit trees apple pear etc are fine. it seemed to be doing really well with loads of new growth but suddenly it seems to be changing.

update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 20:53

make sure you dilute jeyes properly. i used it to wash our stables out and the dog went in the water it caused horendous chemical burns. it is brilliant stuff but if it gets on the fur of animals it can do some real harm. I hate cats in the garden too so use it diluted as even thoughh I dont like cats i would not want them to be hurt


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 20:48

I would spray it with a strong root killing weedkiller first so the plant takes it in and kills the roots. You will never be able get every liitle piece of root out, there wiill always be roots etc under the ground waiting to sprout again. If you give the weedkiller a few weeks to work first it will hopefully stop any regrowth. Also it will make it easier to eventually dig out as the roots will be weak and starting to rot.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 20:43

B&Q have got buy 1 get 1 free on bedding this weekend and other offers if you are member of their club. I bought some reduced hostas 60p each in Poundstretchers this week and all have sprouted really strongly. They looked a bit sickly in the bag so I was quite surprised when i went into the greenhouse today. I am going back tomorrow to see what else they have reduced

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 20:36

they need plenty of warmth and light to sprout. prehaps put them in a pot and place on sunny windowsill for a week or so 

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