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Dahlia tubers

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 16:59

Try and buy the plumpest tubers with the tubers still firmly attached to the central stems. The new shoots will come from the base of the old stems but the old tuber is needed to get the plant going, although it will rot away over the year, and new tubers form. You should preferably get them potted up, or in trays, with barely moist compost or sand to get them going, and keep in a frost free place. They will need little or no light until the shoots start, then move into a well lit place. Depending when you have your last frosts, they are often not planted out (if shooting or young plants) until May or June, so don't get them going early if you have no suitable protected place to keep them in leaf.

Talkback: How to install a bird nest box camera

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:39
I have considered doing this many times but my own personal experience is that you need a site that previously had a successful nesting box first. The last 2 boxes I put up have had no use for nesting by birds so far, although 1 has been used as a winter roost I think. A system that allows all the equipment to be fixed to a removable lid and a wifi link and battery power might be helpful too, so I can move the lid to where the birds end up choosing as a nest site. Too many natural nesting sites here I guess.

north facing wall

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:14

Cyclamen hederifolium is the easier of the 2 as it is less fussy, but I find both are OK. The Hydrangea can be a bit slow getting established on a wall, maybe a couple of years, but then takes off. An old plant grows 2 -3' a year but you can cut it back each year in the middle of summer to where you want it to stop and still get flowers for the next year. It is a tree climber naturally and can go well up mature trees without pruning.  I stopped mine after many years at the height I could reach with my ladder. The perfume is wonderful.

holly tree

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 20:58

50:50 chance of it being a female and bearing berries though.

Feeding birds.

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 20:42

Don't use them. Attracts Jackdaws in my garden and disappear very rapidly. The only food I use are sunflower hearts which I get from Britvale. Free delivery for reasonable order, overnight. Very good value.

All the usual finches, tits and other lbj's and frequent woodpecker and tree creepers. Now if I could just get rid of the parrots.

Tulbaghia - wow!

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 19:33

Best with very well drained soil and some protection over winter. The coarse roots get very congested in pots so give them plenty of space in loose soil if you want to split them. I used to keep them in pots close to the house (south facing) and the strong onion smell in mid winter when you opened the door was very noticeable. Need similar conditions to the more tender agapanthus.

Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 19:24

There is a Dahlia nursery next to me. All the stored tubers are just sitting on the ground under the benches of a frost free greenhouse. Nothing will be done to them until next spring when they are boxed up and cuttings taken for the next years plants. Why increase the space you need to store them and risk cut and damaged surfaces at this time of year? Don't see the point.

dwarf raspberries

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:14

I'm knocking on a bit too. Would only grow autumn varieties like Joan J. Autumn bliss OK but not a patch on JJ except maybe just slightly better flavour. Summer varieties too readily avaiable in the shops and more trouble to grow. Don't see the point in bending to pick raspbaerries when the others grow at such a convenient height.

House moving and needing plant advice

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 23:01

It depends a lot on the scale of what you are doing. I found these large plastic tub trugs great for moving large plants, and even as temporary pots, with or without drainage holes made. They are cheap relative to the value of most large plants, and easy to carry by the handles. They are also useful for moving heavy pots. You can also just lay shallow rooted plants on the new garden, with weed suppressing fabric under preferably, and pour some soil round the exposed roots for protection, moving them later, preferably before spring growth gets going.

John Innes Compost

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 22:41

JI composts are (should be) made up to a fixed formula, and are soil based. Most of the others are peat or peat substitute based. Use whichever you are comfortable with. I rarely use any of them without altering them, by adding grit or sand or Perlite etc. or mixing a JI with a peat based. I remember many years ago getting some JI compost for my father who was shocked to find lots of grit in it. He sieved all out before using it.

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