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Latest posts by Verdun

Best year for Rhubarb?

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:30

Love rhubarb too folks.  Never force it though...prob should.   Plenty of organic feeding mulching and watering produces a bumper crop.

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:29

It's the rain that spreads the spores of peach leaf curl Star Shaped Peg.

difficult to,cover a peach tree in the open to prevent leaf curl.  

According to Bob the Gardener there is a disease resistant peach variety.  I sure he will comment.

I grow 2 peach trees in largish pots.  They are in the greenhouse at the moment with some leaf curl........I had them out over winter (not advisable but it's mild down here) with the intention of taking them indoors in very early spring.  Hardly a damaged leaf now having taken them in and removed affected leaves and sprayed with Bordeaux mixture.

I will plant a peach against my wall and arrange a structure whereby I can unroll and drape polythene over it when it rains in early spring.  The leaves in summer seem to be resistant to leaf curl so are fine outside then.

If you can cover your tree in spring you will be fine.  However Bordeaux mixture needs to be applied before signs of disease so do this before buds and shoots open .

what are these grubs ? how to get rid of them

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:20

I think an autumn treatment is usually sufficient.....late August early September.

runner beans

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:37

Went through the "keeping runner bean roots in the ground"  phase.  It does not produce a great crop.  Freshly sown beans every year are far more productive. 

"The Blues"

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:34

It's human nature, alas, that anything or anyone, is knocked back after being praised.  Apart from being a good doer Rozanne is beautiful too


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:31

Morning folks

raining right now but supposed to be sunny soon.  Amazing growth overnight because of the rain and everything looks clean and fresh


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:28

Morning Justin

you can divide at any time.....easy to do and they recover quickly.  However they are in flower right now so you may want to wait until flowering is over

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:58

Never had an allotment folks. ,must be another top,notch guy...

did some planting, grass cutting, edges cut, veg patch hoed, and some visualising of planting options.  Have several bonariensis to plant out again........lovely airy colourful structures but need careful siting to hide their awful low foliage.  And a couple of tropicanna black cannas that need more thought as to their homes. 

Always exciting when new plants are in but it's not until their second year that we know exactly what they do, how they grow and how big they will be.  There will be a lot more echinaceas this year too.  

How do you fill a trough

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:49

Can't you plant in the gravel Christine?  A nice shrub like choisya...scented white flowers and attractive aromatic foliage?  yes,,some bulbs too.  You could buy all,the plants you need with the money for that box...?

pelargonium cuttings

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:17

Never rooted pelargoniums in water. 

they are easy anyway in pots of multi purpose compost. remove flowers and buds and most of the leaves.

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