Latest posts by Verdun

Monty planting florence fennel near bean

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 09:29

let us know how you get on jane.........plants don't get a reputation without some basis for it.  

Thought for the day!  who believes in companion planting?  Why?  Is this rubbish too?  

much of my horticultural "wisdom" was gleaned from chatting to guys on their allotments years back (Never had an allotment myself) they know a thing or two and I was cautioned then about where to grow fennel 

Let's see how Monty does ........hopefully he is aware of our comments! 

Like your jungle garden Jane...........I grow cannas, watsonias, colocasia and a lot of tender stuff down here.  (Far better than those wishy washy annuals 

Monty planting florence fennel near bean

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:05

Yes, I was a tad surprised Monty planted fennel so close to his beans jungle jane.    In fact I have always regarded fennel as not being good with anything!  With beans I think fennel inhibits pollination

I grow fennel as an isolated ornamental in the corner of the garden.

i must confess to not knowing really why fennel is such an unwanted resident in the garden so will watch this space.

What's this colourful leaf plant?

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 21:28

Ah! Ok.   So it is smaller than it looks then?  It should certainly be outside though and it should grow fast.

a couple of years back I "bought" 3 tatty barely there coleus plants for 50 p.  They looked almost dead.  They were potted and then planted out to make large foliage plants by the middle of August.  Admittedly it was earlier in the year but there is no reason why yours wont make a decent size plant. Water and feed it weekly. 

As already said coleus really is best grown as an annual.......cuttings took for me but eventually suffered over winter.  Seeds are the way to go if you want several different coloured forms

let us know how you get on.

zebra grass

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 21:13

ricky, dig it up, break it up.  burn it.  Cut up the stems into smaller pieces and use in compost bin.    How big is it?  Can you divide the clumps and take to the dump?  

Could you advertise it for someone to take pieces away?  Family or friends want some? 

I divide zebrinus every 3 years to keep it manageable........last time I dug up a huge specimen I gave clumps away.  

New lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 20:14

Dave, I acknowledge that but turning in the top regardless will bury weeds and make for a clean clear space to work with but I think we agree basically about top soil 

What's this colourful leaf plant?

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 20:12

Wakeshine, plant it outside asap or into a large pot.  water it well and feed it.  It will grow fast....and flower too.  

What is wrong with my plants?

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 20:09

Beat me to it Dave.  Totally agree with you.

those plants have run out of steam, and water, and food and space 

New lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:39

Mark, simply turn it over and place the turves in trench..grass side down.  no need to kill it off.  It will rot down nicely.     Nice and tidy too 

New lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:10

Mark, wait until September to sow grass seed...the ideal time  

if you dont mind bare soil you can prepare for it now though

trench in your grass .....scoop off top 1 or 2" and place upside down in shallow trench. remove large stones and roots as you see them.  If you can add a couple of inches of good top soil it would help.  Then the (relatively) hard bit.....raking and levelling.  Take your time over this.  Level by walking on your heels not with a roller.  Then rake.  Then tread again.  Very satisfying at this stage as you develop a fine tilth and firm level surface.  The more times you rake and tread the better.

come September lightly scatter fertiliser and rake it in.  Then sow your seed.  half one way and lighly rake it iin then half of the seed in the opposite direction and rake it in.  Keep moist until it germinates...usually a couple of weeks.....and until it is a couple of inches high, when you can mow 

Removing healthy blooms before going on holiday

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:56

Exactly what I would do Allyblueeyes . all buds and lanky growth too.  Water well and fed too and move into shady spot 

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