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Fuchsias! to prune or not to prune?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:04

I think it is up to the individual, the fuscias I have in the garden I have a tendency to cut down to ground level. If left to their own devices the sap is slow to rise and the stems can look unsightly and this is at a time when we want the garden to start looking nice and fresh. Many of the old stems are irregular and crossing over each other, so a good prune is necessary anyway and the sap does not always reach the ends of the old stems, so they have to be trimmed off.

Mr Fothergills Seeds

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 20:16

I have tendency to shop around, Up to 2 years ago I did a little showing at local shows, then I would pay the extra money for the F1 seed, but now at the age of 75 I look after the pennies and still get good results. Country Value seeds and those obtainable from Lidyl's can give you good results. My Runner Beans and Broad Beans I buy loose weight from a local garden centre, if I decide on peas I do the same, buy as many or as few as you need. This year germination has been excellent, Dwarf Beans from Lidyl's 2 rows planted a week ago, 90% already showing. Carrots, at the moment I have sown two lots of Early Nantes, 50% germination 1st sowing near on 100% on the second, this is Kings seed. Onions I grow from sets, 4 six metre rows I have lost 3 bulbs. Parsnips are always a little dodgy and tempermental, you always want fresh seed, even then its hit and miss. I have a 50% germination on 1st sowing which is not good enough so have resown, early days yet, fellow allotment holders have had the lack of success, maybe the season. Some Sweet Peas have been my problem, I buy the best seed and am growing just over 300 plants this year. Three packets of seed bought(15seeds to the packet) 1 packet no germination the other 2 packets 30% germination, I contacted the seller and received 3 free packets by return, still no germination on the 1 but an increase to 50% on the other two. Today 26 May picked my first flowers.


Copper for deterring slugs

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:40

Many thanks to you all for your comments, it's strange that some have success with copper and others don't

Copper for deterring slugs

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:41

Is there anything special about copper tape for deterring slugs, or will copper pipe or stripped copper wire do the same job/

Soap solution for greenfly

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:47

yarrow2,  you do not say what soapy water you are using, what you need is the horticultual soft soap, spraying with this blocks the pores of your pests, like I have already stated if you google Horticultural soft soap you are faced with a choice, there is one on Amazon at £9-50 a bottle will make 12 1/2 litres but I stick to Savona

Talkback: Slug invasion

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:37

They say this copper tape is good as it is supposed to give the slugs an electric shock, this a new one on me, but if it works, would copper electric wire or copper pipe do the same job, it is not that you are sticking one end onto the power supply.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:28

I have just over 300 sweet pea plants started at ditterent times, this year they have taken quite a time to get established, but now they are away. The first sowing at Christmas are now two feet tall and showing their first flower buds, the second and third sowing are fast catching up, the second sowing are on heavy clay ground, the third sowing are on my allotment which is very stony, the first sowing were potted up into large 2'-0" pots 6 plants to a pot, i always try for some early flowers, my wife does the tying up and removing all the tendrils almost on a daily basis, this produces better flowers.

Soap solution for greenfly

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:11

hello LesleyK, I dont think you will get much joy from washing up liquid; I am a 75 year old gardener and I remember when we used to do gardening at school, we used to disolve soft soap in a bucket, then use a stirrup pump to spray the crops. If you google horticultural soft soap, you are given a choice of what is on the market. I have used Savona for a number of years now, the only problem with it, is disolving it as it is like axle grease and needs hot water to disolve it. i mix batches in half gallon plastic milk bottles, then this can be diluted again for use in the sprayer. It is quite economical, I have not bought any for about 3 years now at around £6 a tub, there are others on the market, but I stick to what I am used to

Begonia Tubers

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 20:20

I left my begonias in their compost from last year and let it dry out completely in the greenhouse (no heat) about 6 weeks ago shoots started to appear so I lightly forked over the surface of the pots and watered with a solution of phostrogen (are you allowed to advertise here?) the plants are now about 6"tall. Four weeks ago a friend gave me 10 corms that were a free gift, won't say where from. Each one was potted into a 6"pot of compost, I fill the pot to about 3/4" from the top, then make a hollow in the top of the compost and lightly press the corm in, half the depth of the corm, then water; most of these corms have now got shoots on 1/4 - 1/2" long. remember the hollow side of the corm is uppermost.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 20:01

Yes first 2 pic's are honeysuckle, the third could be campanula but also looks like golden rod, the fourth pic' looks remarkably like winter honeysuckle very sweet scented and finally a buttercup. You were pretty much on the ball, all the best for tomorrow

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