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Latest posts by Verdun

Cotinus Coggygria Royal Purple - how fast does it grow?

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 20:17


At first cotinus is slow...give it two years and it's FAST.  Cut it hard back every year and it will grow to 6' every year.  No, dont hide will be 3' by summers end anyway.  Plant white or blue in front...felicias, campanula white clips, or blue clips, or yellow campanula dicksons gold all growing to 6" or so


Posted: 26/06/2013 at 20:14

Matty will have a great holiday....he's going to god's own country after all!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 20:12

Eveni g folks.

Roasting this afternoon and still very warm

Glad Bev had great day

Be happy everyone

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 20:06

Pressure from my niece to

However it's my grasses that I love....they are there but not flowering  for few weeks yet.  Also agastaches, dahlias, salvias, echinaceas and other summer stuff that is yet to flower so it's all interim at moment. But it's fairly low maintenance too.  Love to have the estate that woody has though!

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 19:04

hiya folks

thought i had better show some pics so here goes.  Intended to wait until grasses were flowering and summer perennials were flowering but can do that later


Delphinium Pacific Hybrids keeping in winter

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 15:49

Hiya dressmaker

You can take basal cuttings now.  I'm doing some myself.  Look at your plants and trace a stem to the base, then go bit deeper and cut or gently pull off the shoot.  It should have roots or semblance of them.  Cut all top growth and pot on.  Water well and leave In a sheltered position out of direct sun.  Plants should grow in few weeks. ,pot on again as needed.

You can dig up your plants and pot up to overwinter.  Do both actions to ensure plants for next year

Seaweed Feed

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 14:34

Don't do my own seaweed feeds.  It's the smell you see.  I've always,had fresh seaweed and used it as a mulch over winter.  And I use a seaweed spray but not one that I made.  However, I'm sure the advice will flood in.  Comfrey is another home made feed that smells baaaaaaaaaaaaaad



Posted: 26/06/2013 at 14:30

Matty.  Welcome to Cornwall.  It's good weather at moment.  Dont take all our plants will you!


Posted: 26/06/2013 at 14:25

Simon, the strawberry runner?   You have described the best way to do it.  However you should still be able to,cut off a runner and either pot it or anchor it dowonio to,the soil.  Nick bottom of the stem first though

Veronicas?  I split them in the autumn with a spade or knife.  Or, cut off a basal shoot. Do,it as near to,the roots as possible then remove top growth and pot up

Compost bins

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 12:12

Hi becks

I have two bins....intend to get a third in the autumn

Best to fill one and let it "cook" until next year ...the second bin then to be used with the view it will be used another year later.

I built a large one......concrete sides and wooden removable slats and a hinged opening top.  The second bin, still fairly big, is a plastic one with a lid.  They both make good compost.   

I don't make the time to turn I used to and this makes compost "cook" better.....but I do make sure lawn mowings, veg roots, and all the rest are spread and mixed to ensure ingredients are well distributed.  

The tilting, spinning, etc, bins are bit gimmicky I think.  

If you get bins with tight fitting lid you won't get rats etc.  Can you plant something to hide the bins?  Or plant in couple of pots?   I like to have something fragrant nearby.....not that my compost smells, it doesn't and shouldn't.....and I have a lavendar hedge close to it.

Well rotted home made compost is brilliant for the garden

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