Latest posts by Welshonion

Swifts in decline

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 00:24
We have swifts on the house every year. The sparrows have taken over the hole in the wall so they go in swift boxes now.

They scream round the house but they are very discreet when they go in the boxes.

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 10:46
Don't worry, you can plant wrinkly with shoots. Protect them and their shoots from frost. A sheet of newspaper and some soil should be enough. If they are well- chitted you have a head start.

If you are not ready to plant yet put the potatoes in something like egg boxes so they can be placed shoots up in a cool light place.

Next year you will be able to choose exactly what you want. There is no shame in discarding what you don't want in the packs. Can you give them away?

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 00:17
Sometimes the dilution rate is different between the tomato feeds and the more expensive one can work out cheaper.

Start feeding when the first truss or group of tomatoes have formed.The flavour of home-grown tomatoes is much better than anything you can buy.

Good Luck.

spuds under polythene

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:37
The earthing up is also to raise the temperature of the soil. The sun shines on the sloping sides.

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:34
Lucy, I would forget about Maincrop for this year. Your own First Earlies are the ones to go for.

Maincrop are in the ground for so long, and for a first-time gardener the professionals do it better.

I know lots of gardeners will disagree, but use the ground for crops you can't buy of the same quality that you could grow. Beans; broad, runner and French, Lovely lettuces. All the squash family. Small carrots. The choice is endless.

Sickly looking Peace Lily

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 08:58
It is a jungle plant. It like to be in low light in a damp atmosphere.

The symptoms you describe sound as though it has been in too light a position and maybe over-watered.

Hello from a newbie

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:26
Welcome! How exciting!

Flowering hedge - what to plant?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:11
You may be better off asking the farmer to put a wire along the bank to stop the cows grazing the grass/shrubs or worse, using the wall as a scratching place. They can destroy a bank in no time.

They will also pull out small newly planted trees or shrubs. Ensure you don't plant anything toxic to cows - few plants are, but rhodies are.

If the farmer won't co-operate put up your own wire. They will respect it if they think it is electrified.

Hedges - anyone else noticed....

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 01:03
Not allowed to do it after end of March. Or before the end of July to allow the birds to nest. I'd rather they did it now than in the Autumn when they cut off all the winter food for the birds.

One good result of 'Austerity' is that they only cut the banks once this year.

Organic farmers are only allowed to cut the hedges once every two years.

Butterfly Release

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:08
I've just let the first butterfly out of the house into the sunshine. The first of many that have over-wintered in the house.

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