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Latest posts by Verdun

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:53

Not the best grass to grow in a pot, in my opinion.  However, depending on size of your plant at least double the size of  the rootball I'd suggest for this year.  And to use a john Innes number 3 compost.


Cat Poo on my raised veg beds

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 18:24

Damp soil surface works for me.  In veg patch I try to keep surface damp by spraying with hose.  

I would not eat veg if cats used the area as a toilet

a dog being around helps too I think 

Put A Name To This

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 17:54

So many hybrid hebes around now it's difficult to identify.  Cold weather, new spring growth etc all cause red or coloured foliage.


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 12:34

Day daisy, do that and your rhubarb will not be good next year.  Rhubarb likes to be undisturbed for best stalks.  


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 12:09

I'm here wintersong....survived the eclipse Phemonemonomenomum 

Perfect sunshine here throughout ...not a cloud in sight.


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 12:06

Brilliant sunshine throughout.  Watched it over Godrevy beach.  Some mentioned a drop in temp but for me it was gloriously warm and bright throughout.  No darkness as I expected Though

Poultry manure pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 12:01

Kitty, go for the fish blood and bone for nutrition

chicken manure makes good mulch when mixed with mpc

Strawberry plant dying, please help!

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 08:08

Think it's overwatered sirrith.

its a problematic time of year re watering.  Plants are moving but do not want too much water as soil, etc., is still not that warm.  Roots will,just sulk in wet cold conditions.

stop tinkering too.  Do not over pot. 

Camellia Debbie

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 07:43

Morning Cottagegardener.

camelias are far more tolerant of alkaline conditions than azaleas, rhododendrons etc

my soil is neutral and I can grow camelias well.

how alkaline is your soil?  

If a camelia is growing well already the signs are good for the others.  A spray of sequesterene is advisable but why not try Epsom salts first?  Cheap from any chemist and often this is sufficient to address your yellowing leaves issue.  

Camelias are also excellent for pots.  Use ericaceous john Innes and maintain moisture levels.  

What better evergreen than camelias?  

J Parkers

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 07:32

Seeds are fine from these Stagbeetle.

Discussions started by Verdun

Even you hard hearts......

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Ok...its nasty

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Doomed I tell you.......

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Is this an arrogance?

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Disappointed ..

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Love your garden in the sunniest county !

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Well the girls are better

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New garden prog just about plants

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Spring onions

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Oh come on......

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Alan's new series

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When is a scented rose not......?

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WHAT IF.........

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