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Over winter Gazania

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:39

Well gazanias down here usually survive the winter so often become perennial plants. However, whenever I have dug them up to,overwinter in the GH, for,some reason, they usually die on me.  I suspect they dry out too much when they really want to keep growing.

I would sow take cuttings right now,though James.  Gritty...perlite....compost and take from top growth.  Take 3" or so from green but not turned woody shoots, remove soft tips and into poly bag

Planting out lavender

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:29

Best to keep lavendar seedlings fairly dry over winter.  However, they need not to dry out too much.  Watering when plants have dried out of their pots is nigh fatal.  

Certainly would not plant out young lavendar or any young plants out in the garden until the spring 

using chemical weed killer

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:25

Tom, it depends on what type of weedkiller you used.  If you used a,glyphosate based one it takes a cople of weeks to kill the roots.  Some weedkillers simply "kill" the top growth.  

In any case, when turning the soil always remove roots you see.  

Talkback: How to take lavender cuttings

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:15

Lavendar cuttings are,usually very easy.  Most of them root.  Took loads today for a friend.

Mpc with perlite.....50/50......cuttings about 3 or 4" lomg today, pinch off soft tips, water well and put in unheated propagator in the GH.   Threw some fleece over the propagator.  I will check on them again next week or so.  I would expect 80% to root.

I dont stick to a strict routine......for me at home I use a small pot with,polythene bag.....and it does vary a little according to season  and to type of season. (very hot, or humid or cool) as to what I actually do

Penstemon cuttings enjoy similar treatment, as do santolina, artemisia Powys castle, etc which were all done today too

Buddleja davidii

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:04

Best to buy named varieties of plants....then you know the exact colour, size etc

Years back I used to buy from Bakkers......the descriptions, vivid photos and names of their plants were such that you felt you were buying something very special indeed.  it still happens in the newspapers.  

I don't like these different colours on plants anyway.....e.g.Spiraea variety boasting red, pink and white flowers on the same bush. It is the worst of all worlds....


Posted: 12/09/2013 at 08:12

Good luck today Pentillie. 

Morning everybody


Posted: 12/09/2013 at 08:06

Stacey, can't see the problem.  You have arranged ...via topiary....for some light into your neighbour's garden.  If this suits you keep things as they are.  It sounds like you have considered your neighbour yet ??ou can't win!

Iron Man

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 00:05

Hey, how did you know that?  I was supposed to be anno,anonem, disguise!  

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 00:02

Gardenjeannie.  You get today's star prize!

next years carrot

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 23:55

I grow pretty good carrots.  I have a good sandy loam....perfect for carrots.  However, they need good nutrient level, stone free and manure free soil and protection from carrot fly.

Ideally manure the previous year, dig deeply and remove stones and aim for fine lump free soil.

I have tried all kinds of carrots including the latest new and expensive hybrids.  I believe though the best taste comes from carrots grown quickly without a check in their growth.  So. Watering in dry spells.  This year I grew the bog standard Amsterdam forcing amd early Nantes and they are sweet, (now) large and healthy.

No, I wouldnt start them off in the GH.  I suggest you prepare the soil well and thoroughly adding an organic fertiliser like fish blood and bone.  sow thinly but thin out when 1" or so high and again when about 2" high to about .1" to 2" apart.  Water after each thinning.  Cover with fleece to protect agai st carrot fly.  You should have good carrots.

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