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Iron Man

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 14:43

Hiya Alan,  I grow 4 varieties of blueberries incl those you mentioned.  All confused now as labels have disappeared.

I love them. If you have acid soil you can grow them quite easily.  My soil is neutral so mine are grown in large pots of acid compost.  They are juicy and sweet and I eat them raw as they come off the bush.  A little shade too and keep moisture levels up. I've had good crops this and last summer.....still some to pick.  Its best to have at least 2 different varieties.  Go for it Alan.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:27

It's not fair is it Stacey.....I've got 3 wild swans!   Hee hee hee

And, I've changed my car so police will never catch me now....gonna grow a beard too so my disguise will be foolproof

Neighbour has sprayed pesticide on my vegetable patch

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:20

Yes, monkey in the garden, was this deliberate vandalism or did ??ou ask this guy to spray for you?  It's ESSENTIAL ??ou know what he used, ESP on a veg patch.  

Also as said earlier, was it a pesticide or weedkiller?  Whatever was used its not a good idea to spray whole areas like this unless to initially clear overgrown ground


Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:15

Stacey, it really will make little difference .....just cut back to first leaves for tidyness I think

Morning everyone.

Sun is emerging.  Nice yesterday.  But showers threaten too.  

After removing conifer couple of days ago and digging in compost it is now planting day there.  Got anemone wild swan, geum totally tangerine, and astilbes to go in as well as splitting and moving astrantias and large hackonochloa.  Abelia Confetti, I have been nurturing all summer, will go there too. It's really completing the whole border that I planted last winter and early spring.  

My birthday yesterday so, although perfect planting day, I was spoiled rotten so can't complain 

Have jolly good day folks

SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:57

Yes, don't water them 

SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:51

Looking at those photos the lupins do look a bit "lost" in those pots.  Perhaps they were over watered too?  

Not sure what others will say but, yes, I would bring them into the greenhouse.  If they seem heavy and wet just leave them alone.  They look quite wet though.

I tend to sow in pots, then prick out in half size trays to about 8 to 12 in each.  Then pot on into 9cm (small) pots. Young plants do not like to be over potted....they "drown" or become overwhelmed by too much soil

Not too lomg ago Cheshunt compound was used for damping off etc of seedlings and this was very effecfive.  No longer available or I would have suggested usIng this too

SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:37

Clueless, forgive me if I seem slow today.  Did you sow one lupin seed per pot?   (I would have sown a number of seeds in small pots or small trays and then, about the stage they are currently af, potted individually into small pots). They may have simply run out of did say seed compost and sand.

Its a tricky time of year, deciding to feed or not now because usually feeding is reduced or stopped son, but I would put these seedlings in greenhouse and give a diluted tomato or seaweed spray.  

However, do pots feel light or heavy?  Wet or dry?  


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 20:48


Hee hee hee.  Snigger, snigger snigger.  Jealous or what?

I got mine last year but few days ago got another from local source in a 3 Litre pot.  Lucky cos if was only plant left.  However, Burncoose Nurseries. a  nationally well known but again locally based nursery has them in 2 litre pots.  I checked them out with a friend who bought one.  Lots of buds, in flower and about 2' or more,high in 2 litre pots.  They do mail order that may make cost high! 

If you can provide right comditions....good soil, dappled shade and reasonable moisture .....I think wild swan is superb.  But, as others have said, it's proving difficult for some.  I'm delighted to have them

Oh, same comditions as for your astrantias

re- what to grow next year

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 20:35

Sandra, hi.

Radishes, spring onions, lettuce,,shallots, peas,,sweet corn...killers 

Best weedkiller?  Depends what you want to do.  Anything based on glyphosate which kills down,to the root is very effective.  For perennial weeds like bindweed, bramble,etc

Best fertiliser?  To mix into the soil fish blood and bone is my preferred choice.  For feedimg tomatos, plants in pots and containers I like to use seaweed spray

The glyphosate fertiliser can only be used in the growing season so bit late now.  You can sow seeds the next day with this weedkiller.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 20:25

Stacey, just cut back flowering stem.  That's it.

Your plants look to be of good size..2 or 3 litres?  ...those Heucheras and astrantias can go out in the garden. ,they won't need protection.  I have an astrantia coming this week and it will go straight out Imto the garden just as anemone Wild Swan in 3 litre pots was last week.   

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