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Using woven landscape fabric to overwinter soil

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 13:27
The blue water pipe with bamboo ends and polythene is very useful. I use it to protect large plants in pots over winter and again for spring sowings. Very strong and stands up well to winter gales.'s CHEAP.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 08:43
Rain, rain, rain......torrential damaging rain all day and night. Trees down,flooding, power cuts

Growing best onions possible

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 23:17
Thanks bob. Never thought of starting sets indoors. Sounds good

Growing best onions possible

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 19:17
Any opinions on growing best onions next year. Is if better to grow from seed or sets? Used to sow seed Xmas time but sets save a lot of time however undecided this year. Facourite varieties? And feeding? High nitrogen early ? It would be interesting to hear how others grow their onions

Using woven landscape fabric to overwinter soil

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 13:21
Beatrice lee. Best to leave ground uncovered in winter. If you want it to be a bit warmer earlier next spring then cover with clear polythene when weather is improving, say march. Keeping soil uncovered in winter helps it to be healthy, creates access for birds and will help create a good tilth. How about bringing on pots indoors if you want early plants by June 21st? You can then plant out from the pots in spring

avenue of blossom

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 13:00
ClareyC, get them bare root from deacons fruit nursery or elsewhere online that,others may recommend. Plant anytime up to end feb in Cornwall I'd say. I'm in "mild" Ives bayish.

avenue of blossom

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 08:57
I suggest crabapple. Spring flowers, summer fruits that last for ages. Autumn foliage. Easily pruned. Perfect pollinator.i grow John Downie but I think there are some very good new varieties. Speaking of "avenue of blossom" on the Towans behind me nature has put together evening primrose and vipers bugloss during the summer running along a lane out there. Wonderful, ESP when the gorse is showing flower too. ..fellow Cornishman, clareyC

Planting Onion Sets

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 08:34
Welsh onion. I grow fairly,good onions. Used to give high nitrogen feed up to mid summer then potash etc after that. Is this how you grow them for size and taste? I would like to grow bigger ones this year.

Planting Onion Sets

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 23:09
You don't say if they are winter sets or normal ones.


Posted: 23/11/2012 at 11:12
I have lost two junipers over past couple of years because of phytophthora and the symptoms were much as you describe. But, red spider mite/spruce mite, etc., do damage to juniper, picea causing needle drop but this damage is done in summer when weather is hot n dry. Wind burn too but conifers tend to brown off as they get taller anyway. Is it possible they are too dry, despite all the rain this year?

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