Latest posts by Verdun

Can I plant these out now?

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 15:52

Pot them on.  All good,,tough plants.  No they will not come on any quicker if planted out.  On the contrary they will sulk in wet cold ground.

loosen any tight roots and water well.  A greenhouse, cold frame or any contrived protection to keep them a little warmer and drier and away from the worst of the winter.

the herbaceous stuff, especially, will grow fast in a few weeks.  A second potting on in early spring will produce far bigger plants to out out a month or so later. 

I usually purchase lupins,,delphiniums, lychnis, etc. etc in 9cm pots in early Feb and by mid spring they have tripled, quadrupled in size. 

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 15:39

Totally normal.   the foliage stands erect again when dry.    

it's not nutrients that cause carrot problems but the excess of them.  I always add fish blood and bone but very sparingly and well mixed into the soil.

consistent moisture level in the soil is important....drying out and re wetting will cause carrots to split

New Gardening TV Show

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 15:33

Hmmm.....looks suspect,,doesn't it?  

New Gardening TV Show

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:51

A programme on plants releases, traditional plants....all sorts 


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:21

Light trim now.  Hard prune in spring'd be nutty to do it now 


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:19 7 posts are all mine.  ALL MINE I TELL YOU 


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:18


keep them dry.......put pots on their sides if necessary maryed 

Talkback: 10 ways to deter carrot root fly

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:15

Hotspur....fleece is useless if carrot fly is already in your soil.  Nematodes then fleece. It will work.  Onions and carrots side by side is how I do it.    Parsley too near onions.

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:13

I found it a sulky ...sickly...plant though 


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:11

Wintersong, put these guys out of their misery.....pleeeeeeeeeeeease 

clearly you are in demand here.  


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