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I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:09

Lovely word Dove.....beatifically.  Not seen it used in a long time. 

In your post,, read quickly, I thought you said ??ou were "roasting toads in the oven"  

So your favourite cherry tomatoes?? Didn't like Sungold so prob return to gardeners delight or Supersweet


Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 11:53

Hey Dove.

Ive ordered star child from national dahlia collection .....not far from me.  They will be rooted cuttings in March/April.  I ordered 2 so if you would like one of those I can send it to you.  They are expected to flower next summer

No probs if you don't want it. you, I was tempted by it too. 

Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:08

Lawns treated now will,have no effect on bees......

If treatment was recommended during the growing season I would think again but......

Anyway I guess it's out of our hands now

(do,enjoy a bit of banter though )


Posted: 30/09/2013 at 08:49

Morning folks

Good luck stacey


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 08:46

Oooooooo.  Cake 

Floppy Stem problem

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 08:42

I always support cosmos and bonariensis.  It's a lomg growing season here, early too, so most things do get tall.  I do 2 things.  Firstly, in mid spring to late spring I cut back to make bushier plants.  Then in early summer I support the main stems of bonariensis .  My plants are (6' plus tall and stand up,to anything). Cosmos grown in the richer parts of my garden are also supported.  

Come the autumn most plants tend to want to flop a little ..more moisture in the stems,  still extending, etc.

No, I wouldn't add any potassium.  

One point though......I,found that plants grown for the first time in a certain area will grow bigger but in subsequent years grow less vigorously.  In a new border made last winter everything planted there has been enormous.  I'm not expecting the same vigour next year

cordyline problem

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:29

Yep could be wet.  You haven't been watering have you? ,cordylines are a definite no water plant for me even on my light sandy loam.  Cordylines need to be on higher parts to avoid getting soaked.  Maybe remove it to a pot or drier spot

cordyline problem

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:28

Yep could be wet.  You haven't been watering have you? ,cordylines are a definite no water plant for me even on my light sandy loam.  Cordylines need to be on higher parts to avoid getting soaked.

Improving soil

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:22

It depends on what's in your borders now.

For new borders I plough as much organic stuff in as compost, manure, etc.....before planting.

In an established border mulching with generous quantities of compost is important.  And when I remove a divide or discard....I put compost into the planting hole.  Plus the use of organic blood and bone, chicken pellets, dried cow manure. I regularly  mix garden compost or mpc with dried cow manure to feed both plants and soil 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:13

Downton Abbey!!!!  It just emphasizes the class system in this country.  Why would anyone want to see offensively wealthy and pompous people lording it over the poor? The poor knew their place was at the bottom and the rich knew theirs to be at the top. Such a relationship is not entertainment

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