Latest posts by Welshonion

Lawn on old Patio

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:45
Even if you add 12inches of topsoil the area will dry out quickly and you will be dis-satisfied with your lawn every time it dries out and looks dead.

If you are not happy with the height of the paving you will be doubly unhappy if it's inches higher.

You could take up the paving and replace it with slate chippings or gravel or nicer paving.

Talkback: Harvesting garlic

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:38
There is absolutely no need to put garlic in the freezer. I was a bit surprised to read that, as I'd never heard of anybody putting it in the freezer before. I keep mine in a cool place, but not necessarily a dark one.

Depending on the variety it might be possible to keep it until you start using 'green garlic' next year.

seriouse ivy problem!

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:33
Dried ivy stems are excellent for lighting fires.

Tips for using a propagator

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:30
Lettuce certainly don't need any protection at this time of year. Take the lettuces out of the propagator as soon as you can and get them outside.

You could use your propagator for cuttings.


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 09:12
Lou, that is very interesting as I feel exactly the opposite. After a trip to Sydney last year I vowed never to grow as house-plants the wonderful variety of plants that grow in the gardens in such profusion!

It is just not worth the effort to nurture poor specimens of plants that tumble over fences, and shade houses, everywhere.

I was especially interested to see how close some trees are planted to houses in Sydney when we are so obsessed with roots in the UK.

Are these suckers

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 00:22

Shoots that spring from the root-stock.  Most roses are grafted onto common rose root-stock to give them good roots to sustain the lovely roses above.

If the suckers are allowed to grow you will end up with a dog rose, as seen in hedgerows, rather than the lovely rose on top.

Brown rot, treatments, and chickens

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:07

I think before you spray anything you have to find out what is wrong.  It is no good just treating the trees with everything you can lay your hands on.

Do you not have anywhere locally where you can consult someone?  Where are you?

slow worms and ants

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:57

Oh lucky, lucky, lucky you.  

Why does my festalis ismene (Peruvian daffodil, spider Lilly) die after 2 days

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:54

Do you mean the flower only lasted two days?  This might be normal, like a daylily.  I have no idea, but someone who knows will be along soon.

Soil free fertilizers?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:18

You certainly do not want a soil that has no basic fertility.  Pure peat is the nearest you will get and aside from the ecological considerations it has inherent problems as to drying out and shrinkage.

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