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Too late to plant bulbs?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 18:15

1L will do fine. The first year they rely almost solely on the bulb for everything they need. As they start growing, start to feed with tomorite to buid up a strong plant which stands a reasonable chance of succeeding in the future. Depth in the pot is not crucial , but it is important when you plant out.

Tulips aren't always good repeaters for lots of us. It depends on the variety, your conditions and a slice of luck. You can grow as annuals and pull them out each year after they have flowered. 2 inches deep is enough when grown as annuals. This method, whilst not the cheapest, has the merit of guaranteeing flowers and I like to try different types each year.


Posted: 04/11/2013 at 18:06

Bishops and their children make small spindly  tubers. Fergus Garrett , head gardener at Gt. Dixter ( I don't ever name drop , much) told me they grow their's in  smallish pots for the first few years and this has the effect of bulking up the tuber. You can then plant them out in the normal way. I grow all my bishops  3 at a time in pots, not least because I think they make more of a show if not swamped by their more blousy cousins in the main dahlia bed. 

Try to grow lots of single dahlias for the bees to enjoy. The decoratives and others are less good.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 13:30

11c. here, but sunny and feels much warmer. Will plant out some pots later.


Posted: 04/11/2013 at 09:23

 Still no frosts in Hampshire, not at the southern end anyway, so dahlias etc still flowering, just. Off to buy new pots for this year's tulips , bought at Malvern.

Too late to plant bulbs?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 09:21

If you are not sure where your bulbs are in the garden and you have new ones to add eah Autumn, why not start the new ones in suitably sized pots ( I would go for cramming in 3s or 5s in pots only just big enough) and they can flower thus. Next Spring you can plant them out among your original plantings with no fear of damage.


Canadian snow

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:57

No, a great nephew. I never had chidren of my own.

Canadian snow

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 20:22

My Mum used to make me scrambled egg and baked bean sandwiches. When you think of it she knew about my energy needs!

Canadian snow

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 18:51

I know Highcliffe very well, used to cycle there when I was a lad... only 10 years old and about 40 mile round trip. Mums and Dads were much more relaxed then. Main roads and no gears on my bike. Used to go with my best friend on Sundays.... The cliffs were higher then, or at least much nearer the sea... as you will know this coastline is always slipping. You may not be aware that in those days it was actually in Hampshire, and was highjacked by Dorset later.Bournemouth too. Until they did that hardly anyone lived in Dorset!!!

My wife and I have visited there so, so often , that it became a home from home. Loved the Belgian buns from the bakery in the High St. However our real fav. was Milford on Sea, except for the ice-creams that are best in Barton.

Memories.... thanks again.

How to clear field

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 18:41

Great progress, very impressed. Pellets will do nicely. Also as you have fallow land you should find it is pretty fertile for at least a year. So you need not worry about FYM for now. Can you start a compost heap for the longer term?

Also have you decided what to plant and when. Pop into your local GC and see if they have any veg. plantlets for you to get going with. Also there is a winter version of broad bean , Aquadulce, which you could start.

Confession Times!

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 11:07

 I saying nuffink...geddit?

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