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Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:44

Hiya daffodil girl,

No, dont think it's onion fly but our old adversary slugs and snails.  Go out at night and check.  I think,welsh onion is the expert here but I,think onion fly primarily affects the bulb.  

I am a great believer in fleece for carrot fly, pea moth, etc., and.for onion fly.

Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:21

Ha ha Steve.  Of course,,the weather helps.  If we get a good hot summer there's nothing finer than seeing lifted onions baking in the sun. Glorious colour and, to show off, I place them on raised boards.  


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:16

That's what I call a hot bed Punkdoc.  Sounds brilliant.


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 17:02

Can identify with you Punkdoc.  Although I have a few large canna clumps in the garden I also have large ones in pots. I constantly change my mind as to their final spots.....yep,these large holes are a deterrent but I want the perfect....the absolutely   Want to put Durban near a white pittosporum but, coincidentally you mentioning Bishops Children, it's a toss up between a dark foliage, red flowered offspring of the Bishop or the canna.  Decisions, decisions 

However, wherever they go, the cannas are a fantastic feature in the mid/late summer garden, aren't they? ,

Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:52

I think Steve has said much as I did. Great minds think alike

  If onion has no smell and it seems reasonably solid then it should be fine. A scattering of fertiliser lightly mixed into the soil will help growth but do not hoe or  disturb onion plant. 

I used to feed with high nitrogen before mid summer and then switch to balanced fertiliser thereafter to encourage growth now and swelling later.  


What is wrong with my Veronica Spicata

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:44

KEF, depends on which variety you have ...mine is crater blue.  However, if you remove flower spikes as they fade new spikes will form.  Mine are yet to flower....not long....but they will comtinue all summer lomg.  Perhaps your plant was forced a little .  


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:00

Snap Bal.  what better in late winter and early spring than hellebores?  Check out the doubles too.  Some of them are really beautiful and some have dark foliage too 

Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 15:56

Hello Daisy,

Soft?  Do you mean the bulb part?  Squishy soft?  

Onions should be in full active growth now.  They will grow until mid summer.  Thereafter they begin the swelling process so time is running out for growth 

What is wrong with my Veronica Spicata

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 15:53

Could be peanuts.  

I lost a convolvulous cneorum because of an ants' nest.  Soil full of channels and holes.  My soil there is very light, sandy too.  

So, to over rule my previous  advice () I would push a couple of canes around that plant, remove them and trickle hose pipe into the holes.  just to remove the ants....they don't like it up em, dont you know 



Posted: 03/06/2014 at 15:46

Ha ha,,didn't really get much rain.  More humid than anything but,,yes, what we could have had has been sent into England.

In my haste just snapped off a delphinium I tied up..I'm so clumsy   Not much luck in that corner.   A delphinium jay I think...has been a womderful sight for past 5 years or more.  This year the slugs did for it before I had a chance to check it.  Got a few delphiniums but nothing quite so majestic so far.

Got a beautiful Acer Flamingo there though.  I cut it hard every spring and it gets better and bigger week by week.  Already 8' across and 5' high in pink, white, grey, cream and pale green leaves. The new shoots are bright red/pink.  I pinch the shoots out 3 or 4 times during the growing season to,produce this colour and a  dense shrub ultimately 8 or 9 feet high.  The odd....very shoot appears but I simply tug it off.  Have produced a picture of this but prob will when agastaches are at their best.


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