Latest posts by Verdun

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 20:01

Ok thanks Obelixx, that's a shame 

want a good quality camera without top price.      I am a bit of a skinflint 

what do you guys use ? 

Re planting Clematis and Miscanthus Grasses

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:31

SV, be aware though.....they can be massive.  Roots are deep and heavy.  I divide at least every 3 years. 

how can I get rid of an unwanted yucca

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:20

Leaves are extremely sharp.  Heard of so many stories of eye injuries.  Personally know of a child badly hurt by one.   

If you have children or doddery old folk then avoid yuccas.  If you tend your garden avoid them.  The Really not worth the risk in growing them.  Someone said cut off the pointed tips????   Ever seen a yucca so treated.?  Better to grow a safer alternative KT53 

Re planting Clematis and Miscanthus Grasses

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:08

Miscanthus is tough.  One of the few grasses you can get away with moving and dividing now.  As a matter of fact I dug up a large miscanthus just a few days ago, cut it in half to replant it (flowers and all) and further divided the rest to pot up. It 

jenny, if you are moving miscanthus you might as well divide it too.  They get large and benefit from such control. 


Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:09

Pinks...for foliage colour as well as the flowers.........campanulas like  carpatica, heucheras/tiarellas/heucherellas, grasses like stipa tennuisima, festuca, elymus, carex, hardy salvias, veronicas, artemisia powys castle, santolina (nice yellow foliage one too), scabious butterfly blue and Pink Mist, dwarf agastaches, lavendar, echinaceas, compact geraniums like Black Beauty, astilbes, astrantias, geums, sanguisorbas like Pink Tanna, hostas, heathers, libertias, sunpatiens, dwarf hebes, dwarf kniphophias, there are some delightful dwarf heleniums too that flower non stop from late June, linum perenne, spirea Goldflame, abelia confettii, diosma, osteospermums like tbe Voltage series, diascias, nemesias, compact ferns like the "painted" Ursula's Red, liriope, ......oops! My chauffeur services are required but there are loads and loads jonty 

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 17:44

No 'ump GD. post was a jestful one 

as long as you grow good beetroot next year I'm happy 

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 13:00

Should DavidK be reading this, come back.  Need advice on choosing a camera.  Miss your pics too 

Grow for Great Britain

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 09:13

Grow for Great Britain Aym? 

I grew up with veg and fruit in the garden.....seemed the most natural thing in the world.  Chickens too.  Even, true folks, kept a PIG.  Joey was his name and I remember some of the neighbours didn't like it.  Sad, sad day when Joey was taken away.  Loved Joey and always thought he was a pet not a meal ticket!!   

We can never really be self sufficient.  I grow apples,,pears, blueberries, peaches, currants, gooseberries etc., plus summer veg crops.  I keep the ground fallow over winter but a return to growing a few sprouts, leaks etc. would be good. 

I think we need to think about growing more food ...some think it is too much like hard work or is not really financially worth it but a few beans, tomatoes and a small fruit bush can make us a tad more healthy.  Delicious too 

ok aym!  Your thread so what do you "grow for Great Britain"?  

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 08:54

Don't forget to mention Chris GD. 

What was that name again?  

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 21:35

Couple of things Moominmama

do you rotate your planting?

do you replenish your soil?  Do you feed? blood and bone is good

do you sow too thickly?.......go for monogerm varieties

beetroot can suffer if sown too early and soil is too cold.....sow later

young seedlings can get battered by wind and rain....try covering with suspended fleece or light polythene until they are a couple of inches tall

don't let the seedlings dry out....careful not to overwater too...those spongy seeds rot easily

finally, apply dilute seaweed spray ....beetroot is a maritime crop.  Seaweed is a natural feed for them 

hope this makes a difference.

beetroot grows well here...near the sea.  lovely nutritious food all summer so well worth the effort 

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