Cases of manure contamination are still cropping up see here so it's still important to take care when acquiring supplies. This is especially important in areas where Forefront weedkiller is used.
If you grow aquilegias then you should read this article in the Telegraph about a 'new' disease,
Harrod Horticultural have a sale - up to 50% off over 80 lines click here
Sarah Raven also has a sale click here
Harrod Horticultural are offering 10% discount on their raised beds click here and quote RB10 at the checkout
Sunday, October 30
Thursday, October 27
Monday, October 24
Once the netting was removed, all the straw was scraped off and consigned to the compost heap.
I then tidied up each plant by removing any runners, that had managed to hang on despite my best efforts to cut them off, and any old or dead leaves. Normally I would cut off most of the leaves immediately after fruiting but this year I’ve been a little kinder to these young plants. Next year they’ll get the full treatment!
The black mulch appears to have worked at keeping down the weeds - there were very few weeds managing to grow amongst the plants - just the odd bit of chickweed, speedwell or spurge pushing up through the holes alongside the plants and they could be easily pulled out. There has also been relatively little slug damage - I thought that the mulch may encourage slugs. I guess both lack of weeds and slugs could be put down to the dry conditions so maybe I need to give it another year before I draw any conclusions.
The mulch is said to last up to 16 weeks - so far it has been down 19 weeks and is still in one piece - we laid it in mid July which was probably later than ideal. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I wonder whether covering the fabric with straw could have protected it causing it to last longer.
I’m also a bit concerned that seeds from the straw have been left behind on the mulching fabric. I can’t really sweep these up so I wonder whether they’ll manage to grow in spite our best efforts at prevention. I’ll just need to try and keep on top of any that do.
Oh, and I really ought to give a special mention to our alpine strawberries which have been providing us with tiny fruits for months now. I don’t want the plants to sulk and refuse to fruit next year!
Saturday, October 22
Now what challenge shall I take on for next year? What about you?
Thursday, October 20
Tuesday, October 18
- Albigensian Wight – hardneck variety (12 coves)
- Chesnok Red - hardneck variety (9 cloves)
- Early Purple Wight - hardneck variety (17 cloves)
- Edenrose – hardneck variety (15 cloves)
- Germidour - softneck variety (12 cloves)
- Iberian Wight’ – softneck variety (8 huge cloves)
- Lautrec Wight - hardneck variety (12 cloves)
- Messidrome – softneck variety (8 cloves)
- Wight Cristo – softneck variety (15 cloves)
- Elephant Garlic - technically not a garlic at all (5 cloves)
Sunday, October 16
Saturday, October 15
Tuesday, October 11
Sunday, October 9
Friday, October 7
Thursday, October 6
Wednesday, October 5
Monday, October 3
I was going to take some rudbeckia cuttings but noticed a few young plants growing around the base of our established clump and so have potted these instead.