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What's the best way to plant a dahlia

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 22:06

This is only partly true unfortunately. You need to get air into the clay and improve the drainage so water can run through it. Lots of organic fibrous material will hold the clay particles apart. Sand and grit acts a bit like putting stones in cement unless you have organic with it to trap air around the grit. Just mulching (covering) the soil with compost works, over time, because worms will take into the soil, but life is usually too short so you have to mix it in too. The sharper and larger the grit the better. Don't use shingle, i.e. round pebbles.

What would look balanced in large ceramic boot?

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 11:52

Pottery snail shells of course, not the real thing

What would look balanced in large ceramic boot?

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 11:50

You want something that is a temporary display such as the Pelargonium. Anything more vigorous and permanent will be a real pain to deal with when it gets choked with roots. Or you could take the alternative and have saxifrages, sempervivums or sedums tumbling out of it. Assuming good drainage of course. I drilled holes in the bottom of 2 large snail shells I have had for many years. They have deep red Pelargoniums in this year.

Vine weevils - plastic

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 15:38

Bet it was in the peaty compost from the original plant as bought. Many of the alpine people wash all plants that they buy to remove the peaty stuff and repot immediately. The plant will not suffer usually if done carefully and the plant sheltered for a time.

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 23:17

I have cacti that I had as a teenager and an orchid that was in our wedding bouquet. That's over 50 years ago, but they rarely make it into the house now, just the greenhouse.

Vine weevils - plastic

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 23:09

My experience is compost high in organics have the most vine weevils. By organics I mean peat or peat substitute. The more soil grit or gravel the less likely I get problems. The pot makes no difference other than plastic pots stay moist longer between watering.

growing grapes

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:18

I think it will depend on what your grape bunch looks like. If the plant (cut) end is just a straight stem then you have none of the growing stem of the plant, so no probability of a bud eye. If the plant end is a "T" then you have a section of plant stem so could have a viable eye. When grapes are exhibited at shows they always have a section of the growing stem to suspend them by.

Buying plants on the Web

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 18:06

Are you sure you want to pay P&P? What area are you in? Plants for shade (Long Acre) have very good value plants, but I always buy from them at shows they attend, such as the AGS Harlow show on February 28. Many of the specialist nurseries sell at shows often well away from their base, and will bring orders with them, so check that first. Only one problem is you will probably buy much more than you would by post when you get there.

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.
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