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Latest posts by Verdun

How LATE can you plant blackcurrents / raspberries?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 19:42


Get soil right first.  Take your time cos this is vital.

This is what I would do.  Buy a good blackcurramt variety .....I think Ben Sarek is best......and pot it up in good size container.  I would have said heel in your raspberries but maybe your ground is far from ready by a long chalk by the sound of it.  So, I would also pot up the raspberries.  They prob will be ok in smaller pots.  When your ground is ready.....even if its in can plant out from your pots.  

......the good guys

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 19:36

Delighted for you Red.  Brilliant.  

Am I a sillee billee?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 19:34 subject but when you pass your test....good luck for that.....take your Pass Plus.  It's a practical test, prob 5 hours long, that gives you  extra discount on your car insurance.  

I did this for my 17 year old. Cost about £100 but saved her (me!) a few hundred pounds on her first year's insurance and for the next 2 years even more.  Well worth it Ryan.  

Pruning budleia

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:39

Thanks I mean Patsy. 

......the good guys

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:37

Paddocks plants have always been exceptional for me.  And check out their prices.... £3 for perennials in 2 litre pots?  Their service has a personal touch.  Delivery is next day. One of the good guys for sure 

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:34

Busy. Yes I do hate that stuff.  My feeling is that soil life is destroyed by it and it makes cultivation difficult.

Agree basically with Blairs about feeding however Snowyy did say his soil is stoney, etc.  so I would certainly add fertiliser but, as I said, a " light dusting" only. 

I planted a long lavendar hedge early last year.  It did reasonably well but then I decided to water it.  It theN flourished.  The point is although lavendars like impoverished dry soil they first benefit from a little extra feed and moisture.   This hedge now looks absolutely superb and will not receive further feeding or watering this year.  

Gravel versus slugs

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:43

Supernoodle, copper tape discreetly stuck under the rim of pos wll prevent slugs.  

(how come that all of us, gardeners and non gardeners, have waged a war against slugs, etc., yet cannot seem to reduce their numbers??  With everything else we are accused of causing extinction !) 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:38

Good morning folks

Bright here.  Looking promising...well see 

Will be fun n games today.....a meeting with council planners today to object to an application then further haggling over a laptop later for a friend.  Then lunch all you can eat option I think.  Well, I'm still a growing lad 

Yes, Clari.  Your pond is going to be fantastic when finished.  Ponds always look huge at the excavation stage but then look much smaller when complete.  

Hope everyone has good day 

help me

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 23:49

Well Hamza you now know they are aphids......they will be more frequent during spring and summer.  I too use soap or washing up liquid or you can buy organic soap sprays for them.  They do weaken your plants by sucking all the goodness from them so you do need to control them.  I hope you enjoy your gardening 

Gravel versus slugs

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 23:40

Trouble is slugs dont read the scripts.  They are supposed not to like gravel...too sharp.....sand....too dry .....or a number of other materials.  They move across gravel very easily.  The Towans behind me is sandy yet myriads of juicy fat slugs are seen crawling there.  I have gravel paths and slugs use them.  

Supernoodle, just enjoy your slug free situation. 

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