Zoomer44


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How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:46

Gladioli and ,lillies will shoot when the time is right and the soil warms up, neither flower till July/Aug/Sept time.

Lillies are hardy and can be left in the ground or pots through winter so no probs planting now, I'll be repotting mine in pots and putting some in the GH for an early show.

It's still too cold for gladioli to put out shoots possibly not till May.

Ask Alan

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:24

cotty,

There is a flower site, possibly a rose one where you can get them named after someone special...for a small fee. I've tried googling for it but can't find the site. I wanted a flower called mum or dad and someone pointed me in the right direction, prehaps it wasn't on this forum as no one has responded to your Q. I was on an old GW type forum before it shut down, so it could have been there.

There are lots of roses through named after peoples first name   

Ask Alan

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:03

I enjoy the changing seasons, each one brings it's own special joy, Spring when plants are just awakening, Summer when everything seems lush and in bloom, Autumn is a time to harvest the fruit and veg of your labour, a time to witness leaves changing colour before winter arrives. Winter brings it's own special joy when birds are enticed into the garden to feed and bathe, the small time gardeners way of giving back to mother nature and 'peace de le resistance' against the decline in the bird population.

My Q for Alan would be what joys does he get and witness in the garden from the changing seasons?

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:41

obelixx...I've a picket line of ladybirds now demanding better living accommodation...

planting potatoes and onion sets

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:26

Hi, Nan,

Maybe you should have paid more attention  but not to worry, I'm sure your dad would be pleased to know you are caring for the garden because you enjoyed the produce and want to carry on a tradition. 

I can't answer your Q as I live in the NW and planting out times are different for your area which is further up North but there are some Scottish growers who probably could.   

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:05

I'm coming to the conclusion it's hit and miss between the brands. I started off getting cheapest and then had a bad year with it so went more up market, but you aren't necessarily getting quality the more you spend.

Then decided to make what I could so now have three composts one for muck, another leaf mould and a third garden stuff. The latter turns into really good black stuff within a year and is saved for pots, so now buy half the MPC I was buying a couple of yrs ago and mix new and home grown 50/50 adding FBB when containers are filled.     

...artjaks is coming from the right direction...there's a feel good factor in making your own.  

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:00

I've got shallots in 4'pots at present, not tried them in pots before but they've got several inches growth on them and look healthy. Planned to plant out at the end of March.

no sprouts

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:05

To stop them rocking in the wind you should plant them in a trench like you would spuds then as the stems grow, earth up, the roots will be deeper and help anchor the plant down in winds. 

Very Late Spuds Indeed!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:54

I was digging up spuds last week on the new plot wasn't sure how long they'd been there although they did look ok.

garlic spray

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:37

Split a couple of garlic bulbs, use a garlic crusher to crush the clovers into a big pan of water and boil until tend then sieve out the garlic. I add oliver oil to the fluid at this stage. Then store the fluid in plastic bottles until ready for use. I store in milk bottle cartons. 

I only have a small area to spray so use one of the smaller plastic sprayers which can be picked up from places like Wilko for a few £'s. If you've sieved the fluid garlic doesn't block up the nozzle when you spray.

Now I'm happy to be wrong but the garlic puts off snails and slugs, anphids breath through their skin and if there are any on your plants when you spray the olive oil coats their skin.

I start spraying mid to late March every few weeks. Then when I've made some seaweed feed, spray the plants with this instead of the garlic and mulch plants with the spent seaweed, it's a bit  but the smell actually goes quite quickly and seaweed dries black.         

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