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Can I plant young hardy plants out soon?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:26

Flower lover, for me those plants are far too small 7cm plant out right now.  

i would not be thinkIng of "hardening off" plants but rather of growing your plants. Perennials will be starting to grow fast now.....look to pot on now.  Aim to pot on again so,that they are in 1 litre pots before you plant out in the garden.  Experiment if you like, but compare plants planted out when small with those potted on a little longer .

Mid April should see much bigger plants.  Harden off then for a week or so

Dalia Planting

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:33

Hello Mark

well it does depend on how cold it is but mid April should be fine.  Perhaps have some fleece to hand if you love in cold area.  I have dahlias in the ground that are shooting now 

Heleniums growth rate ?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:30

No experience of them Perki.  There are some helenium specialists that sell other plants.  Does it have to be James Compton.  There are others that are good...Brunette, Pink Spike, Black Negligee for example.

Heleniums are one of my favourite em.  They will grow fast soon....down here they already have been.  Given good soil that doesn't dry out, a feed and an awareness of slug and snail attacks heleniums will generally make a good show this summer.

how many plants? Don't go overboard.  They are not plants, for me, that need to be planted in 3's for example.  They will fill a reasonable size spot in first season

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:21

Like the others here I have been reading your story Lyn.  

You are clearly you say...out of fight.  Just hang in there Lyn.

i recall a moment when my mum was having one of her UTI episodes (didnt know then what they were) and the thought of ending this situation for her was very strong.  

nobody has magic words and they don't change how things are but we are all here for you Lyn, wishing you well and willing you to have the strength.

things should not be like this but thousands of people across the country are struggling with old age issues.  Addressing this does not seem to be a priority for those in power.  It was frustrating for me...I got angry.  I did manage to get things changed for my mum but I'm a bloke and people listened...eventually.  

I just wish you all the very best 

Confession Times!

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:09

I like your style Bubba Ray 


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:05

Early lunch.  Was out cutting back hedge early this morning......always good to get it out of the way. ,solanum album cut back as well as sarcoccoca and a honeysuckle  Everything I do is at breakneck speed.....have to get  things done quickly once started.

pretty good here...dry, mild but no sun. ,pleasant conditions. Think sun will make an appearance.  Spike had to wait for his walk to the beach today whilst I Cut the hedge but it was lovely down there

just been told Olivia rose Austin will be delivered tomorrow.  All in place for it.

Festuca glauca 'Blue Fescue Grass'

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 11:55

For me, put them in greenhouse.  They are hardy grasses.  I divided mine in autumn (.Elijah blue) and kept in cold greenhouse and they are now outside.  In 2 or 3 weeks, if a little warmer, put them outside.

Lawn Feed

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 11:51

Ritchie, a balanced granular feed in few sell it's excellent and cheap.

if it has moss then a complete weed, feed and moss package.  However, I prefer spot lawn weed.

once or twice then during the summer a liquid nitrogen feed keeps lawn looking good

weekly mowing with blades not too low and it's easy 

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 23:23

Or simply divide...pull apart tubers with stems.  I agree some tubers are huge 

Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 19:54

My questin was really about branded bags labelled as "farmyard manure".  Used to get 6x, for example, which was dehydrated, concentrated cow/ horse manure.  I don't see this in garden centres now ...just recycled vegetation Hyped as "manure"

i will go online to see if 6x or similar is still available 

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