Verdun


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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 08:14

Mizzle this morning.  Then rain then sunny later this pm.....so most everything.

My imagination perhaps but mornings do seem to be getting lighter earlier already.  

If the wet weather continues like this I will lay a sheet of polythene over my bare veg patch in February.  However, I think we will have ...by the law of averages......a good dry spell soon.

Have good day everyone 

 

Pruning a 25 year old Jasmine officinale severely

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 23:33

Hiya pepper

Yes you can prune it that much

Oh, I assumed a new wall.....as in concrete.  

 Best to go to b & q, etc.  and just see what style you like. Maybe you could have a word with your neighbour and see if a lightweight galvanised wire set up would be acceptable...?

Standard red robin - poorly!!!

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 23:28

Hello Jess, yes there are nematodes for caterpillars.  

Just be vigilant from,the start this year. Torchlight visits in the spring will confirm snails.   Better than pellets. 

 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 20:35

I didn't grow sweet peas last year and missed them.  I like to grow them in one colour and by mid summer I have a wigwam of white flowers and another of red.   Always go for scented too. 

As an experiment I compared autumn with spring sown sweet peas for a few years and I concluded early spring sown were best.  They grew without any check in growth.  Autumn sown seemed to produce more foliage too...??  

I always pinch back shoots.....does anyone find this makes a real difference though?  

Far from an expert on sweet peas....know nothing of varieties, for example.....but usually germination is rapid without any form of chitting, etc.

What do you all think are the best scented varieties?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 20:17

Oh yes lily. I do, I do, I do 

Rosemary Bush

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 20:16

Tomsk,

In mid spring or in summer simply tear off some of the newer growth.....I like to get a heel.  I trim it back neatly and put into a 9cm pot of half perlite and half multi purpose compost.  I would take about 9.  Water in well.  Put in 3 thin sticks taller than the cuttings.  cover with polythene bag.  Put in warm spot out of direct sunlight.  After a couple of weeks or three remove poly bag.  They should root before summer's end.  

I would not plant another rosemary where the old one was.

Pruning a 25 year old Jasmine officinale severely

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 19:27

Dove, dove dove.  That's far too small.  Pepper's wall is a lot bigger than 4cm....doh!   You will need hundreds of those.   

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 19:22

Not strange at all Lily.    I don't like toad in the hole.....prob the very name of it....but I do like sausages amd Yorkshire puddings.  

Oh, someone else brought in donuts for me today at foodbank.  Puzzle that.  How do people know I like donuts?  One of those mysteries of life 

Pruning a 25 year old Jasmine officinale severely

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 18:42

Hiya Pepper

You can prune this drastically back....something I have done to rejuvenate it.  I would prune back to sturdy self standing framework or hard back and lean it away from the wall until rebuilt.  

I would use galvanised wires and screw in eyes.  are you allowed to do that to the new  wall?  You won't need more than 3 or 4 wires.

After attaching to framework I would apply a generous granular feed.  

Grasses

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 17:58

Ever tried pennisetum Villosum Matty?  I love this one.  Bit different to the others.

(slightly more tender I guess)

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