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Gardening For The Elderly

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 15:01

Shane, I am intrigued by your reason for asking.  In a nice way, mind you 

do you have something in mind to support her, to show interest or share knowledge about your grandmother's enjoyment of gardening?  Maybe to help with the heavier stuff sometimes too.  To learn about gardening for yourself?

Gardening for me was something the old did to pass away the  time when I was at school.  No interest in it at all.  Wish I appreciated it when I was younger though because, yes, it is "amazing" .  For young and old.  Lovely when I see people of all ages working together in the garden.  Growing and tending plants, vegetables, fruit, flowers even the lawn is therapeutic and soothing.  

respect to you Shane for asking.....I sense you and your grandmother are close.    As I said, it's nice 

Last edited: 27 October 2016 15:03:23

How Tom grow rhubarb & when?

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 14:47

Maggie, the best variety for me is Stockbridge Arrrow.  An excellent and prolific sort.  I am a rhubarb the stuff 

the varieties, to be honest, are not too important.  Dismiss the rave reports of some special sweet varieties.  I would though plant an early variety too (because some varieties do produce earlier) and Timperley Early fits the bill.   

The main factor is good moist soil.  Plenty of sunshine too.  Yes, rhubarb will grow in dappled shade because that's what people do, consign it to places where other things will not grow.  No, give it sun if you can   Go for the best rhubarb you can get so sunshine. 

get as much goodness as possible in at planting time.  Ideal if you can prepare the site rather than the immediate planting hole.  You want as rich a soil as possible and one that doesn't dry out too quickly.  Sunshine gives rhubarb its sweetness too

prepare the bed for it to produce for several years so a bit of extra work then will pay off

dont pick in its first year ...or second ideally.....and mulch generously every autumn.

i get lots of delicious rhubarb reliably every year and many will testify to this.  

Added watering in dry spells makes a big difference too

enjoy your rhubarb Maggie 


Posted: 27/10/2016 at 08:35

The wild montbretia seen everywhere down here is a problem for those where it has gotten into their gardens.  Not an easy plant to eradicate once established.

clearly for many further east and north montbretia  .....the name we give to the wild not a problem.  It thrives in mild areas. 

We have wild orchids, gladioli etc. etc. and these are beautiful plants but best left in the wild.  Montbretia too  is colourful en masse but well away from our gardens.  Wonderful where it covers poor soil and wild outcrops and approaching the rugged cliffs set above the blue sea in the sunshine in summer.  Huge swathes of it around Lands End peninsula for example. Their spread illustrates just why they should not be in our gardens 

put it in your garden at your peril folks 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 00:02

Hiya flowers,

you can pot them up using dry compost and keeping frost free.  I like to pot them because they are ready to go in spring when yoh simply start to water them.  So, no keep them dry now. Light is fine....if only because it is that much warmer.

all sorts of ways to protect dahlias in cold areas...cardboard boxes with newspaper or polystyrene beads  etc. Or wrapped in fleece.  Just keep frost away and keep dry.   We all have our ways of doing things and your local climate is a big factor. Here I have no need to fleece but many do.  I do think too much is made of how to protect dahlias......simply you are looking to keep frost away.  Doesn't matter what type of compost either as long as its dry. 

I have recently acquired dahlias in pots in the gh as well as my divided ones.........they will all produce next  year.

no "dahlia guru" ......there are some real experts on the forum, or used to be.  A couple of fanatical dahlia growers locally grow some stupendous plants........a 15 minute chat with them is enlightening 

Last edited: 27 October 2016 00:06:51

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 23:46

And it's going to be fine for several days yet GD 

Small plug perennials

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 23:28

Good thinking musher.  Worth looking 

Dahlia stems rotting

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 23:26

I want it Busy.  It is on my wish list this winter but a friend has it...I planted I will try to persuade her it should be divided soon. Trouble is she isnt overly keen on digging up her plants or sharing them 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 23:20

Linda, take them out.  Look at your plants.  You are looking for STEMS.  Take a stem and gently pull apart with attended tubers.  Without a stem per group of tubers you wont get productive tubers.  Pot up or wrap every stem attended tubers.  

You may need to wash away the soil but gently unwangle the tubers. 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 20:58

Just spotted your words Frank....nice    Good times though ? 

Dahlia stems rotting

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 20:54

Yellow Honka, an orange/red offspring of the Bishop and Clare de Lune.  Dahlias like it here and grow well .  

So you don't divide them?  Such an easy method and far superior to cuttings etc.  I will have at least 3 large flowering dahlias from every one divided now.  More if I settled on small plants. 

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