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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:26

Ok, Busy.....I WAS TOLD THAT BY THE CROCUS CUSTOMER SERVICE LADY.  Point is crocus plants are not better than B & Q therefore not worth the extra cost. Matter resolved 

beautiful day as it still is.  I thinned beetroot, hoed spring onion and lettuce rows and potted on Colocasia Black Magic....anyone grown this cos could use a tip or two.  I will grow in damp spot and water copiously which I think is right.  Looks like a fantastic black foliage plant. 

friend's mother died last night.  Suffered severely with lupus and her last 3 or 4 years have been traumatic.  Her son is a little slow...not backward....and shy and his family are waiting in the wings to grab the house.  His mother asked me to look out for him and we got his name added to be co owner of the house a few years ago.  I anticipate some problems but nothing I can't deal with.   Where do these people come from? They have done nothing for the deceased yet pour out of the woodwork at the smell of money.  Well...they wont get a penny 


buxus smells like cat's pee!

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:05

Yes, of course, It's not fit for purpose.  However just say truth.  It will be fine   Never known buxus smell thusly .....flowering currant has that reputation. 

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:01


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:37

Jad, stab in the dark but do you have acid soil? However I think sun and exposure are the reasons for poor flowering 

try mushroom compost as a generous mulch.  They do prefer some shade but I grow loads of hellebores and most are in the sun.  They wont like it exposed too much though.....wind and sun in an open spot n summer will dry out your plants 

If you decide to dig them up be prepared....they make massive rootballs; deep and wide.  Mix mushroom compost with the soil plus fish blood and bone plus dried manure.  Plant little deeper too. 

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:30

Ha ha....great stories.  So I'm not the only plonker then....."fans" need not comment  

9cm plants - grown on since Jan

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:26

Pot them up and plant out later.

as an experiment, do it both ways (as I have done) and see the difference.  Those in 1 litre pots will be much bigger.  Let us know if you do 


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:22

Re watering can rose for nematodes.....although microscopic a normal rose will block up with them.  Check it out if necessary.  

For me all slugs are enemies.  Your ring of salt is not ideal if overnight weather is damp.  Plus salt if concentrated is a weedkiller. 

Bleeding Heart

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:17

Yes it can because I have a couple in 3 litre pots.  as long as pots are big enough,,grown in john innes no 3 and fed/mulched annually 


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 12:48

Mark, remember to use a special coarse rose on your watering can.  A regular rose is useless for applying nematodes. Go online for coarse rose in time for using nematodes 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 12:45

Well. yesterday people were suggesting I was lying about Crocus.   Something I don't do.   What has changed overnight because the posts now are back pedalling?  Do I still need to prove anything now?   Punkdoc, told you....they buy them in from same people B&Q do.  Thus, same plants  but prob cheaper from B&Q .  I guess I am vindicated 

The remaining issue re Crocus is the size and quality of plant I received .....have my photographic proof to publish if anyone asks. 


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