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Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:38

Thanks Emma Lou.   will get one during the week 



Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:36

Aym, I always talk sense....sometimes .  actually, I grow good looking veg too so must be doing something right 

veggie newby, you will notice the difference with nematodes.  Although average temps are not great right now the soil is warmer than the required 5 degrees.  you will need a special coarse watering can rose to apply them though so get this first,

What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:29

Very warm again. . Should be reasonable tomorrow too 

Beware. Very cold arctic winds (hopefully we here will just miss them) heavy rain, snow and severe frosts expected this week.....all week 


your favourite woodland perennials

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:25

Agree about tiarellas darren.  I have them in flower now and with a little care will flower all summer 


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:22

Sanjy, i have already told you abour the woodlouse monsters.  I have seen nematodes as big as worms.....oh! Hang on they were worms   Silly me 

aym, prices do vary so shop around but online is your best option. I applied nematodes over a week ago on my veg patch. too expensive to use over the whole garden but I dont get much damage from slugs n snails.....hostas, for example, I can grow in the ground and in pots without damage.

i agree with you....kill something and you damage the natural chain of life.  My old dad, bless him, always maintained this view and he was the grandson of a very famous historian so not stupid.  Eccentric yes.  Stupid no 

Dahlia treatment

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:12

GD, delay in planting out just yet.....esp with forecast this coming week 

Pots look big enough as far as I can see

I pinch everything so,,yes, I would pinch at least a couple of times more.

one of my jobs recently, incl today, was to pot on dahlias into large pots and I mix up mpc, dried manure, pelleted chicken manure and fish blood and bone. Last year I compared growing them with this mix and with those grown in mpc.  Plants were stronger,,more floriferous and healthier. interestingly too, they were pest free.  The only additional feed was a monthly spray with seaweed....this seems to make plants unpalatable to slugs,,etc.  



Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:01

Zenjeff, do you anticipate any backlash in the future with large scale and repeated nematode use?

will nematodes evolve into something more sinister to create yet another problem man cannot control?  Do we really know enough about them?  

I use nematodes for weevils, leatherjackets and slugs but I am aware of some worries about them ! 

How to kill bluebells

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:50

Bluebells not for my garden.  They certainly will take over.  Glyphosate or digging them out are the only options.

however, a friend with 6 acres including woodland wants as many as possible so that's where mine go. ,

bluebells in a woodland area are fantastic.  In a small or medium size garden they are,  and look like, weeds 

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:46

Emma lou, good suggestion.  Used one years ago but great for gravel paths so you have emcouraged me to get another flame torch. 

15 years post cancer!  Excellent 

your favourite woodland perennials

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:40

Keen, white arum lily is superb in shade or partial shade.  Provides nice lush leaves too.  

If you can get some goodness in the soil check out acteas. ,sculptured bronze/purple leaves with scented white flowers in mid to late summer.  Unaffected by pests.  In shade the foliage will tone down a little.  Gives height without needing support.

another structural perennial is veronicastrum alba. lovely lanceolate leaves on a sturdy frame and white flowers in summer. Neat and tall up to 5'

Liriopes too for lower levels.  Evergreen grass-like foliage and, although usually blue flowers in lare summer/autumn, there are white varieties.  A white foliage form Blondy is very nice esp,when planted with white heuchera Snowstorm. (Evergreen white foliage)  check out hosta White Velvet too 

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