Latest posts by Verdun

When to cut back Euphorbia × martini?

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:02

Asap cut off flowered shoots to the ground. 

dopey dog (literally) eating lavender

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:45

Good advice Steve. 

Dogs have been seriously ill because of died down here recently.

My own dog loves runner beans and blatantly ate most of them at the bottom.


Carrot query

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:39

Told this story before but the very best carrots I grew were a few years back.  My "crowbar" carrots were HUGE.  

I made holes with a crowbar.....purely for fun.....and filled the soil with a mixture of sieved soil, compost and fish blood and bone.  Two seeds per hole prob 6" or so apart.  Weakest seedling removed

The carrots were DELICIOUS too.  

As a joke I went into the garden audience there, of course ....and pulled up a carrot.  "Oh, just a baby" (words something like that) I said out loud as I displayed the biggest carrot most will see.  (Not those long tapering inedible roots either; solid carrots)

Carrot query

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:32

Hey Lyn....we had this discussion....

its not the feed, the fertiliser, that forks carrots.  It is the manure, lumps of soil or compost or stones that does this.

carrots like all crops need nutritients.  However, for me, just a light scattering of fish blood and bone tickled into the surface.  Roots do not touch this anyway.

since your carrots are seeding (boxes should have been ticked when you said woody stems) I am now confident your bed dried out.  Most everything flowers when under stress, esp veg.  So dont allow them to get stressed 

My carrots are grown in 2 x 20' rows of 4 rows 3" apart.  First rows are half picked and wont now be watered.  They wil not split.  

the second rows are still watered but moderately because they wont be eaten for a few weeks yet. In my experience, carrots do not root very deeply.  I use a no dig system but cultivate the top 9" or so......a cultivator is perfect for this.  Ground mulched thickly.  (Ground initially trenched )

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Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:18

Lyn, vanilla fraise?  Nice?  I have limelight and kyushu over winter.....Looking good and packed with flowers.  They have grown 4' plus already. 

I went for limelight but considered vanilla fraise.  

(rain again...hmmm! )

Talkback: How to grow astrantias

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:12

Lou, yes grow them 

Mine dont seed....I clip them hard as flower stems go over.  Stops poss seeding and helps them flower for longer. they are easy leave alone plants. 

if you have reasonably moist soil...good soil anyway and you ensure it doesnt dry out........astrantias are real work horses in the garden.  Smother weeds, attractive foliage from early spring to autumn and flower for weeks and seemingly slug resistant.  Some of mine flower all summer.  Mounds of foliage from 60 cm high and more wide.  even a touch of autumn foliage colour on some of them.

I have them in shades of pink, red and white.  Even a variegated form.  "Pincushion" flowers that sparkle like gems.  

grow them Lou....unless you have very dry sandy soil...and you will be hooked, mark my words . Grow with astilbes, dicentras, tiarellas 


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 12:46

Brughtening up.....sun is coming 

outside now

Carrot query

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 12:44

Michael, not a problem I have experienced but I suspect your soil dried out.  Do you water regularly?  

Carrots need deep cultivation drainage and unimpeded by stones or lumpy compost.  Some disagree but an organic fertiliser like fish blood and bone too.  Carrots like a light but nutritious soil.   I grow carrots pretty on them for weeks and weeks.  Hence my "orange face" 

dont let carrots dry out and then water...they will split.  

Will watch this thread for comments though.  Might learn something about your woody carrots 


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 12:29

Tee hee hee caroline 

is that a rose pansyfsce?.....


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 12:27

Ok hollie.  I will post anyway.  I think I posted some last spring.  Hope someobody will remind me but I'm sure I wont forget

.  The point is not only to give advice here but for all of us to learn, me too.  a comparison in spring would have been helpful.  As I said, for a bit of fun.  Nothing to do with competition Hollie...this is a learning forum.

scroggin, agree with bare roots but they would have been sown in spring.  

I already have wallflowers of good size.  

A neighbour planted out just under a thousand wallflowers one year....did she count them?......but all small.  I plant out about 50 less planting she now grows them as I do.


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