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Spring pruning advice

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:55

Tom, prune out weak thin stems to the ground and any crossing and to do this asap . best way to encourage good strong growth then is to feed and mulch well right now

if your cotinus is small and stems look strong leave well alone.   Thereafter prune hard every year.  However, twice or so during the growing season pinch out the tips of growth ...this sdds rich colour and makes bushier 

Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:42

Ha can't help liking him though Pat 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:40

Morning folks 

well, again not too cold last night......some rain but dry now and a walk under blue sky and no wind.  Will be a beautiful day 

will revamp part of a border today.....already removed tired old plants and roots and replaced with some veg plot soil, manure, fresh chicken pellets and fish blood and bone.  Looking to add a group of argyranthemums, salvia love and wishes, carex testacea, hemerocallis Golden Zebra, a good form of euphorbia rubra as well as others all grown on into large plants from divisions/ cuttings.  In my "brutal" mood I will dig up a small conifer too  I have fallen out with 

seaweed feed

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 22:23

thanks Dave.....always learning aren't we?  Makes a lot of sense though 

seaweed feed

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 21:51

Ah Dave....not used seaweed on cuttings for some reason 

however, seaweed is something I use a lot ......used to pick bags in quantity from the beach.  The best fertiliser and soil conditioner.  

Seaweed spray great tonic for beetroot esp but all veg and fruit incl tomatoes.  

The dilution rate is not too critical but a tablespoon in 10 litres is effective.  A couple of sprays with epsom salts too is good 


Posted: 16/04/2016 at 21:42

Hiya Jinxy

i grow very large dahlias in pots too and use this mixture.  Occasional?  Well, fish blood and bone will sustain until mid summer so a high potash feed once a fortnight from then.  Seaweed is great.  Here, near the coast, seaweed was used extensively but seaweed spray is a great tonic. 

True or not I think from mid summer a high potash feed for flowers rather than growth is best. 


Posted: 16/04/2016 at 20:49

Little Poll, since your tubers are "nice size" now they will make big plants this summer.  For this reason I mix manure and pelleted chicken pellets plus fish blood and bone with mpc to help hold moisture and provide sustained sustenance and body during the summer.  Also adds weight.  

An occasional feed with liquid tomato fertiliser keeps dahlias flowering too 


Posted: 16/04/2016 at 20:44

Wait a little while longer for the cuttings rosemummy.  Agree £8 well spent if you take cuttings.  When you do, mix perlite....50/50 .....with mpc.  

Shrub border done :-)

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 20:41

Blimey!   what a transformation BRISTOL.   Like it a lot . Money? Well, a one off and think of the pleasure for years to come 

Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 20:38

Pat, interesting echivaria and succulent globe.......I hav done this with busy lizzies, all one colour.  Not sure about it though.  no Costa didnt feature so much but I love the programme 

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