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Latest posts by Verdun

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 17:52


Cornus Alba

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 17:29

Mine are taken now...long 3 - 4" cuttings inserted around the rim of pots.  They root quickly. 

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 17:22

Now is the time but, as already said, don't cut into green shoots.  if you do it will.produce ragged growth.  Easy to do

Digging in green manure

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 08:51

You can't dig very wet ground.  Just building up problems.  

when soil is workable bury your green manure .....upside down....and level.  It's still a little early to sow seed.  You can sow seed as soon as you have re- created a fine filth but add fertiliser too.


Posted: 25/02/2015 at 08:19

Very mild here.  Should be nice for walk,with spike.  

Have good day folks 

Suggestions for a shady corner

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 08:04

depends on the plant chicken chaser.  Ferns usually have a lot of vigour so one of each is enough. Others can be divided later to plant as a group.  I occasionally plant in Threes but plants quickly make large size so one is enough after a season. 

Lychnis chalcedonica - vesuvius

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 08:00

Not rotting Gillian. vine weevils.   Dig up your heucheras and wash them off.  Pot them up. they will regrow.  And sift through the soil.  Dig up the area of,the rootball and spread out soil on tray or bag.  Look out for the White grubs.

Suggestions for a shady corner

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:41

Ferns, hellebores, white arum Lily.  I'd get something in for scent too for this time of year like sarcoccoca or daphne or winter honeysuckle


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 19:58

Now you tell me!   Truth is I had squatters' rights and then, whilst I was away, bloomin squatters moved in.  Wot's this country coming to?


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 19:42

Wondered about that too....if nematodes already exist in the soil how come we need to add to their numbers?  Perhaps they are a foreign breed??  Or slugs breed so fast they outnumber existing nematodes....??

Anyway, I will be using nematodes for slugs in veg plot this year and in the lawn in late  summer. I think the organic wool slug pellets are pretty useless. 

Discussions started by Verdun

Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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Slugs knippimg.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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An observation.....

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Mildew free monardas

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Boring, boring rosesN

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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Ok...its nasty

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