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What is your weather like?

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:40

Hmm, not much sunshine so far GD.  However, it is warm, dry and pleasant and sunshine is expected ....forecast for late morning but sea mist is spoiling things just a little.  Have a feeling most of Cornwall away from the coast is was a few miles inland earlier when I drove there

Leather Jackets

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:33

Did you ask for Sep 20 Dave?  I feel sure the supplier will deliver earlier if you ask.

I specified this week....haven't read emails yet but I expect nematodes tomorrow or Wednesday which is ideal for me here. 

crane flies seem earlier this year.  The rule is when you see them it is time to apply nematodes

i guess not treating leatherjackets is working with nature...i.e. providing food for birds....but keeping our lawns in good condition is part of having a nice garden 

Last edited: 22 August 2016 11:36:23

Repotting into a much bigger pot

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:51

Mock Orange,,before you do anything can you post a picture?

although your plant came in a 28 cm pot have you checked the root system?  Does it look congested?  If you can tease those roots out do they occupy a greater area?  (I know they will do but when spread out a 55 cm pot may not be too big)  If the root system is small you can follow the above advice. 

Olives usually have vigorous thick roots and benefit from a larger pot.  The local town here has them in huge containers. I really do not think "overpotting" in this case will be a problem. 

I would not do anything to lighten the pot either with polystyrene.  Weight will be important (use john innes) to avoid the wind blowing it over. 

If your olive looks a bit lost initially plant a (relatively) shallow rooting sun rose (helianthemum) too.  helianthemum will add evergreen foliage and spring and summer flowers.    The Wisley sun roses, Pink and Primrose, are beauties with nice grey foliage 

Last edited: 22 August 2016 08:52:15


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:35

Hellebores flowering all yewr round?

just think about it!  If you allow hellebores to flower in summeer and spring they will eventually exhaust themselves. 

For me hellebores are hardly seen in summer as summer perennials obscure them.  Their flowers are usually pretty dull in comparison too then.  Removing flowers helps keep foliage clear from poss H. Black Spot too. 

re dividing clumps, hellebores often sulk when divided so only do this when clumps are getting too large.  Better to keep alert to seedlings and pot these up 

Leather Jackets

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:27

Alexis, your leatherjacket problem is easily sorted.  Now is the time to apply nematodes  to your lawn......I will be doing it this week.  

leaving leatherjackets for the birds to deal with is not a solution.....the leatherjackets will still destroy your lawn and the birds will make a mess of it whilst hunting for them.

nematodes are very effective.  One treatment per year is all that is needed 

Fairy, another advantage of living where you do....leatherjackets love it here esp the light soil. 

Your water butt is not their beeeding ground Alexis even though you may see them crawling there 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 20:20

Amanda, yes they will do that.  Quite normal 

i remove flowers in summer to encourage better flowering in winter and spring 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:26

See my reply on your beans thread JACKIE , but do you remove spent flowerheads?  As soon as flowers begin to fade snip them off, stem as well, to shoots just below 

i would also use a john innes compost  for long term plants like this 

Last edited: 21 August 2016 17:27:31

Runner Beans

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:22

Runner beans are greedy, thirsty and need a reasonable root space JACKIE

It's not just about feeding with fertilisers.  The soil needs to be as rich as year mix in dried manure,,fish blood and bone and even a few pellets of chicken manure.  They need regular watering...again, if your compost is ordinary multi pirpose compost it will dry out very quickly no matter how often you water.

space?  As big a pot as possible with plenty of depth.

then you can give supplementary feed with tomato fertiliser or seaweed.  

I think these are the reasons your plants run out of steam 

Is this possible?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:15

There's not mush room there Philippa 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:07

You mean I Interrupted my lager for nowt PP?   

Thought it was about tall cosmos...wot am I like ? 

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