Latest posts by Verdun

ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 18:16

Not aware of any smell whatsoever Berghill and certainly not of onion....I think we are talking very different plants.    I suspect you have a form of allium

further on the spreading I have clumps that have been in place for 8 years plus.  They simply form larger well behaved clumps and I can see no real reason why they would....

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 17:14

Peas soaked in red lead and paraffin works a treat.....once suggested to me by an allotmenteer.  However, not for me now.  How unhealthy is that?

i find peas CAN be transplanted successfully.  I sow indoors and plant out when the seed has grown out. A simple seed tray to start them off.  It works.  A determined mouse will dig under a cloche then gobble all those peas.



ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 17:06

I have grown it for years Berghill.......never a problem. I regularly divide mine and the shoots are always almost white.  Perhaps you had a poor clone. It does benefit from division to keep it compact.  And it does not enjoy too much heat in summer so I plant accordingly.  I suspect if grown in too hot a situation it will stress....I can see it reverting under those conditions

invasive?  It spreads from clumps and at a surface level never deep.  Wonder if we are talking about the same plant 

I can only add I receive numerous requests for it during the spring.  Would not be without it. 

It is worth noting that many grasses can become invasive....pennisetums, except the tender (rubrum) type, will spread wide and deep.  For this reason I again divide every 2 years 


Posted: 05/02/2016 at 16:54

sorry Michael.....can't think what this could be.  I find them reliable trouble free shrubs that can take a year or so to settle in 

however, if mine I would move it elsewhere.  I have a feeling those roots have not done much....if you do move it you will have an idea of this.  I tend to think of mahonias as not liking it too alkaline, too dry or poor soil.  

Do you water or feed it?  

hopefully someone will pop up with an idea.

Fruit Cage

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 16:44

Andy, you are doing it all the right way, viz., thinking and re thinking your plan there.  When you are satisfied you have it right then go for it.  Aha!  Gin???

topbird, you like your gin too? 


Fruit Cage

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:40

Andy,,is your soil acidic?  I would guess not so blueberries would perish v quickly in it. Hence ericaceous compost in I grow them but I plunge the pots in the ground to help conserve moisture.  It is almost impossible to acidify an alkaline soil I think.....the lime in fhe soil and from surrounding soil would permeate through.  

Alternatives Andy.....a fig, again in a large pot?  redcurrants?   A fruit tree?  I would not grow apples or pears in there as I don't think they need a cage.  Plums and cherries would be too vigorous.  A fan trained peach or nectarine or apricot again, grown in pots.

topbird, I have never had that problem with straw....hopefully someone else can comment.  It suggests the straw hadn't been thoroughly dried....?


Posted: 05/02/2016 at 13:11

True Lyn.  I use them only on veg patch.....nematodes I mean 

Fruit Cage

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 12:21

Bark chips will indeed harbour slugs as Topbird says. straw is the traditional and generally recommended mulch for strawberries.  If it gets too wet then consign to compost heap and re apply fresh.  Best applied loose and "fluffy"  cardboard collars tend to harbour small slugs.  No perfecf solution though

Fruit Cage

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 11:41

Andy,,blueberries pretty easy to grow except for one essential thing....they must have ACID soil.   However potted in ericaceous john innes they are superb.  Tey for a couple of varieties to help pollination and provide a longer period of cropping.  Trehanes are the best for products and advice 


Posted: 05/02/2016 at 08:53

Hiya Clarington....your pay situation is incredible.  The mind boggles . Hope you get it sorted asap.  Your petrol seemingly lasting longer....the cheaper price gives you more fuel for your money so maybe your car is not simply in sympathy with you 

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