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Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 19:50

Best to clean it up Gertie, cut it back, and support it.  It will recover well 

Should i remove these broken/wilted stems from Lupins?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 19:47

Hefty, yes definitely.  They will only attract slugs,,etc.  remove dead, dying or broken stems and leaves.  Keep the plant clean and tidy from soil uowards for best possible lupins

Nematodes for carrots....

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 19:44

Thanks Edd but I dont know of anybody using this product.

Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 19:21

If dahlias look a little spindly pinch them back a little.  They will usually need staking though if over 5' or so.  Shorter varieties shouldnt be "flattened" Gertie although the winds were pretty strong

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 19:04

Tried so many mpc brands ane they do vary...from poor to average. Luckily most of my potting is temporary and I spray feed the plants until they go out in the garden.  However, the quality itself doesnt do much for the plants.

I find john innes mixed with mpc is pretty good for lomger term subjects.....maybe cannas or dahlias that remain all summer in pots.  

I agree with the earlier comments that peat is used more for non garden use.  Nothing beats peat

Shrivelled and dry mail order plants?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:38

Louise, contact  the supplier asap.  Post that photo if necessary. 

If a reputable company they will send replacements and or offer refund.  Still do as Lyn suggests and soak them but your plants should arrive in perfecf comdition.  Your delivery is of poor quality 

Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 17:28

Depends on their size Parkerwitton but there is still plenty of time.  They wont be big though.

i suggest you pot them up first and then plant out or pot into bigger pots later.

Nematodes for carrots....

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 17:25

I fleece my carrots but  it occurred to me today....a flash of logic that near bowled me over .....that carrot fly could be already under the fleece.  Always have good carrots but sillyly (?) sowed them in same place as last year so now considering nematodes to make sure I get my summer's supply of carrots.

anyone tried nematodes for carrots?


Posted: 03/06/2015 at 17:20

Just for you Runny.  Rather wait a couple of weeks though....runner beans will be near top of supports then and I can show off a bit 

Crambe Cordifolia

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 17:16

Not for me.  

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look wot she did to me........

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Such a shame......

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