Latest posts by Verdun

Is it worth removing dandelions from a lawn?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:14

Oh dear.  

I'm in the minority then


some will say this is anti green and anti wildlife but I disagree. I love my green green spread...the look, the feel and those stripes 

so people you have a choice.....a lawn with weeds or a lawn without 

mameha, it is simple to rid your lawn of damdelions. Use a lawn weedkiller.  It works quickly and does not harm your grass.  It saves your back and your knees and it is job done.  It does not destroy wildlife....I have bees, butterflies and a host of natural creatures here

you can use a spot lawn weedkiller and just spray the weeds or you can water over the whole lawn

you weed your borders...the anti lawn weed killing brigade do weed your lawn and do so the easy way 

Bishop of llandaff

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:02

B3 don't be in a hurry to out them out just yet

grow them on in small 9xm pots and pot on as soon as roots are seen.  I pot on seceral times...have some in 10 litre pots.   I would put them in your container when they have filled 1litre pots.  

The Bishop is a vigorous dahlia so wait for a few weeks to see how yours are. 


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 08:25

Morning Steph

I assume you mean pelargoniums so, yes, pot them into 9 cm pots.  Before you plant them into the ground pot on again so you have nice size garden ready plants.


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 08:22

GD, sorry to "dishearten" you.....not my intention at all.  

Let us know how you get on.  Not saying they will not grow...far from it.....but in my experience I found re seeding beetroot (to fill gaps) produced far better plants more quickly than transplanted ones.

as later comments suggest, transplanted beetroot can be successful .  Many transplanted seedlings suffer a check (hence my "sulk" description) when moved and I think affects the taste and quality at harvest time 

I have beetroot several cm's tall and bushy growing outside far the best way for me 

Soil for Salvias

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 08:11

Only ever bought one salvia as a plug.....hate perennial plugs with a vengeance   Perennials growing in 1 litre pots are so much better value and not much more expensive 

bought one a few weeks back from a well known supplier and, boy, is it slow

fidget is right, if you have bought plugs Jason they will really be for late summer at the earliest if you want flower...Amistad though is vigorous and needs potting up frequenty.

Ceanothus not flowering

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 07:51

Oooooo, are soooooo ruthless 

is Meadow growing this in a pot?  enough of a reason for it not to have flowered if so 

Soil for Salvias

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 07:45

Nice Jason,

all pretty hady 

Blue Note is a little gem for sheer blue 

Soil for Salvias

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 01:33 edit button

will give loads of colour into late autumn. 

Enjoy Jason 

Soil for Salvias

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 01:30

Jason, can you say which varieties you are getting. as Fishy said, salvias vary in their tolerances and needs.

uliginosa,,for example, demands moist conditions and will perish in dry soils.  Patens varieties need good drainage....guanajuato needs perfect drainage.

they vary too in their hardyness....microphyllas are mostly hardy as are nemerosas like Caradonna which you may need to,comsider for permanent beds.

different habits too from dumpy cacalifolia to spiky nemerosas; low as in Snow Hill to tall as in guaranitica and Amistad.  

Mostly sun lovers too 

generally I would dig in compost ....mushroom compost excellent but not too much.  And fish blood and bone tickled in too.

a salvia bed will give l

New Forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:24

Getting used to it now.  If the edit and one or two other functions missing are incorporated it could all be pretty good.  The members are a pretty decent bunch too 

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