Latest posts by Verdun

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 07:57

Of course hand weeding is the traditional method.  Downside is it makes a mess of the lawn.  If you have a lot of it Newb...looks like you could look more like a patch of bare soil.  The time too?  

also, when soil is dug it releases/ exposes more weed only have to see this on paths.  Weedkiller is effective all summer; pull a weed and another pops up??? 

Tomatoes not ripening

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 00:34

Not when the fruit is ready and just needs to ripen.  My plants now have little to no leaves.  Remember too, some advice recently given here for ripening tomatoes was to remove them from the plant and take indoors and place a banana with them..?   No leaves! 

I have leaves only at the tops of my plants now  and I have a glut of tomatoes with more every day from 6 plants.     For me it is completely logical that air and sunlight encourages ripening...  a friend nearby has a gh full of unripe...some ripe...tomatoes but has yet to remove a single leaf.  I will defoliate them this weekend and feel sure she will soon have quickly ripening fruit. 

we all have our different's what  makes gardening fascinating 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 00:17

Granma, meant to add, if you really prefer to sow seed there are several suppliers out there.  Cuttings though are easier, quicker and perfectly copy the plant you want. 

Fuschias and vine weevils

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 00:10

Oooooo, my deliberate mistake......fuchsias of course. more haste less speed.,


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 23:57

I have 3 varieties and they are delightful plants.  Not sure what you would get from seed ...cadge a cutting if you can Granma.  

Hibiscus hasnt flowered again?!

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 23:53

Too small to flower yet C3k.  As simple as that 

Japanese Anemone propagation

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 23:47

Lie, too soon to divide them.  less than a year planted.  

You will need patience and wait at least a couple more years before you divide them.  If happy they will sucker though....careful many have come to regret planting them as they can be invasive.  

I suggest you wait, see if you like them and if they grow well there, even too well, then decide if you want  more 

Fuschias and vine weevils

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 23:04

A friend of mine has a lot of fuschias in pots that soon will be overwintered.  She often loses many of them because of vine weevils.  She has a few standard varieties too that she does not want to lose

apart from Provado, my option, any bright and novel ideas out there to control these critters?  Ideally a cost effective solution....??  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 21:42

Ah!  Maybe Fairy.  Thanks 

Hibiscus hasnt flowered again?!

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 21:41

Hibiscus is a very late summer flowering shrub.....often in September  C3k.  Time yet 

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