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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 09:48

Hi Verd, agree with everything you say about Tulips. I don't know why the growers and GCs don't promote them as annuals... it wouldn't hurt their sales.

Altho' mine are expendable I give them one more chance to flower. 2 years ago they were translocated to the vegetable bed to flower if they choose to. About 1/3 to 1/2 did and I use these for cutting. I grow my runners on top of them so as to not lose the space. Last year's tubs of tulips have been moved out of sight to behind my outbuildings, again in the hope that they will give me some cut flowers.

This year's new offerings will be potted up in the next day or so.

Planting in winter

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:32

Berries, berries, berries..........

compost

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:29

I was down the hole turning the compost...

Climbing Rose

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:28

How small is small? I grow "Laura Ford", a small climber, never more than 5 ft. with me. Starts yellow and flowers fade to a pinky/red.

Spirae japonica late pruning

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:25

I think you can cut them back now, and hard. I was brutal with mine and they did well this year. Cut back to the size you want each year is enough. No need to prune as such, just cut back to get a nice shape.

compost

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:21

Compost needs air to rot down, so I am not sure if burying it would work. I have never heard of this method in a lifetime of studying it.

Good compost generation needs lots of material to really work, which is one reason why your dalek didn't work. Small amounts don't really work.

You also need a mix of nitrogen ( e.g grass) and carbon (e.g. Stalky material). Add some soil for bacteria.

Given the right mix, the right amount, some air and moisture your heap will begin to cook. The temperature will rise through aerobic bacterial activity. In essence the bacteria start to digest the material breaking it down. As they run out of oxygen the activity reduces, the bacteria die, and the heap cools. SO then you stir it all up, turn it over, and off you go again.

Zones in gardening terms?

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 13:16

I have gardened for 40 years without the benefit of American ratings. My advice is to totally ignore them... they have no part to play here. The conditions are so different as to be useless to UK gardeners. Do you think that US gardeners rely on RHS ratings? Horses for courses.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 09:38

Hi Dove.... I used to be indecisive... but now I'm not so sure....

Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 09:34

No reason at all not to mix it all up, including leaves. A lot of my leaves are chopped up and collected as I mow my grass at the end of the year. My Mountfield is a very good "Hoover" ! But I don't use it indoors......

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 20:33

My comment was not meant to be political either... more a comment on all our leaders... signed "the Balanced Broadcasting Corporation"

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