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Latest posts by Verdun

Growing blueberries

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 18:36
Many of us responded to a post few weeks back about blueberries. Mine are grown in ericaceous soil, not compost, and plunged in the ground. I have 4 plants and had huge crop. Get different varieties...see Dorset blueberry nursery site. There were many replies to the earlier post. See if you can find them

Fig tree maintainance?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:44
For now, just fleece if you can. The figs form over 2 years in this country, growing to pea size but, not having a long enough summer here, then stop growing. If they are protected from frost they should resume growth next spring to mature mid to late summer.


Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:37
I don't think you need worry about spraying your echinacea. It's prob down to so much rain. I think echinaceas need feeding in spring, light mulching now and don't like being crowded. Love them too Tricia b

to seed or not to seed??

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 00:10
Sowed grass seed 2 weeks ago and it's up 2". Slightly late but it should be ok. Sotongeoff is right....nothing to lose but I think you will be happy with getting it done now

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 00:02
Genista, no need to remove the mulch if raspberries have died. Raspberries grow very well in our neutral soil but at least plant them elsewhere. You don't say what ph your soil is, why not do ph test? Too deeply planted, too wet and too alkaline perhaps?


Posted: 04/10/2012 at 21:29
Holli-hock, I would cut them off and let plants concentrate energy into building up for next year. You will have far better performance from them if you do cut back.

End of season reduced Cannas

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 19:04
Sounds like they rotted joslow. Mice? I think the tubers are attractive to them. I often dig them up, dry them off and wrap loosely,in fleece in greenhouse. You can tell though of they have rotted by messy pulp remains. If nothing at all I think you have prepared a hearty winter feed for your local rodents

Spring Bulb Supplier?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 18:16
This has been a contentious issue on the forum. Parkers for bulbs are ok? Unless you have been disappointed with them. I do buy their bulbs but not their plants

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 18:13
Genista, can you remove the mulch? Dont dig them up, etc. just let them be, don't fuss with them

End of season reduced Cannas

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 18:07
Don't think you need to wrap the pots. Kept dry in greenhouse over winter is fine. Cannas, in my experience are hardier than dahlias. Just get them asap

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