Latest posts by Verdun

'toilet roll seed starters'

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:08

They have been biodegradeable for some time Busy..........they do indeed collapse after a month or so of watering, etc. 

Most everything these days has to be biodegradeable.  

'toilet roll seed starters'

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:54

Not necessary I feel Chris.  

RIP Terry Wogan....

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:53

sad news indeed.  a shock to hear this.  A decent guy 


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:50

Mags.....dig out the soil there and place on a board or sheet of plastic and search through it for small cream coloured,,brown snouted, curved grubs.  Squash them or leave them exposed for the birds. 

For other polyanthus use Provado vine weevil killer if you want to save them.   You can use nematodes in mid spring but by then you will have lost your plants 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 23:42


snails I think.  After flowering snails seem intent on devouring them so protect both early in spring and again in summer.  Lupins all look awful after flowering....decimated leaves and usually then it's the newly "hatched" small snails....loads of them too small for pellets.  I pick them off at night .....just a few nights will do the trick.

i keep some in and lift others...they really are nothing to look at in late summer.  Trim them back after potting up.  

worth it Hazel....lupins here are wonderful offen producing 3 flushes 

remember too, lupins do not like alkaline soils.  A couple of sprays with epsom salts in the early spring helps 

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 21:16

I think you are spot on Zoomer 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 20:14

Andy,,plants in too large pots will sulk. pot on into slightly larger ones to encourage rapid and better growth.

try it for yourself....put a 9 cm plant into a 3 litre pot and another in multiple pots and see the difference come spring.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 19:54

Posted a reply earlier Victoria but the tech issues seem to have been at work

no, not GW ones.  Not letterbox size. Nice clump of 100 for about £12 

New plants

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 19:48

Pot on Maureen no matter how hardy they are.     Much better plants will result 

has anyone underplanted bamboo?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 18:42

Perennials for me......hardy geranium and Rozanne for its vigour and long flowering.  

Or Ceratostigma willmottianum.......deciduous shrubby with blue summer flowers

giant nepeta....almost evergreen and blue flowers for spring and summer

or how about white Gauras?  Or Agastaches?


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