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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 23:06

Well, I can say the damage I have from slugs and snails is dramatically reduced by hand picking.  E.g. Slugs target salvias early in the season....I catch them.  End of damage.  Lupins are attacked by small snails after flowering....I pick them off.  No further damage.  I can site several instances.  

Hand picking does work despite any reports about the numbers of slugs existing in the soil.

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 22:54

Busy, you are confusing the issue.  Dove has been denying she is my gran ever since  I broke her walking frame.  It's so childish.

Night night grannie 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:40

David K is my uncle and dove is me grandma. 

Summer Bulbs/Bare Roots Planting

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:30

Hiya Matt

I would pot up all of those now.  However, maybe you should wait just a little while longer

I would then pot up and fleece them well.

Your greenhouse though......polythene?.....is not too good at retaining warmth or protecting against frost so, all in all, a delay would be better.   However, the echinacea root, agapanthus root and nerine could  be potted now.

flowers

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:23

Tracey, 

Already said, but look out for perennials available now that you can divide and pot up. Even in 9cm pots you can see how some perennials can be pulled part.......delphiniums for example throw up 3 or more shoots.  A sharp knife to cut top and root and pot on for 3 nice plants in few months' time. 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:16

It's not about gardening by moonlight but to do with phases of the moon.  A famous  advocate, John Harris, lives down here and he is persuasive.

However, it's not for me.  I sow and plant according to the weather, soil conditions and season.  I do fairly well.  

I think moon gardening just makes a simple, basic everyday subject (gardening) unnecessarily complicated

Its an interesting theory.  Nothing to lose by trying it.

flowers

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 19:12

And then there are tender perennials. ,these would live from year to year if temperatures were high enough  ,examples are dahlias, pelargoniums,  cannas, salvias,etc. which are overwintered indoors or in greenhouses and replanted again in the  garden in spring.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 18:23

Hiya punkdoc, 

Last year was first for me with Amistad.  Someone sent me a few cuttings.  They rooted very quickly and made shrubs 4 to 5' high.  It's difficult for me to say how hardy it is but I have one plant still outdoors and young plants growing apace indoors.  Its hardier than Patens, prob same as leucanthemum and not as hardy as the microphyllas.

It is an absolute beauty Punkdoc.  Velvety inky blue with touches of purple, arching ultimately and flowering all summer. Behind a yellow mound....santolina lemon fizz, for example .....or berberis atro nana it looks womderful I think.  Not many, patens guanajuato apart, are better.  

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 17:57

Wendy bone meal,takes about 3 months before,it's usable for,plants.  So applied now it would be "ready" in April.  It's not something I use preferring fish blood amd bone. You could use chicken pellets or dig in dried manure.

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 17:52

Sorry Philippa not attractive to me.

However, many years back my father installed a pump and hose to pump out the,liquid from the septic tank. It was a weekly chore for me and my two brothers.  We had fantastic fruit from gooseberries, blackcurrants and rhubarb.  

It did stink if I recall rightly. Probably would not be allowed now.  Human waste,,albeit broken down as liquid, surely cannot be good.....???

 

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