Another busy show guys....lots talked about, lots discussed, here i'll try to give you a reminder and some more info.....
Broom is a plant I adore, every garden should have one. An easy to grow plants for a sunny site on poor soil (indeed if you feed them too much the volume of flowers decrease). You'll get broom in reds, orange, yellow, lemon, white and pink and they all smell amazing. Remember to trim them back every year after flowering, remeove the old flowering branches, this stops it getting too leggy.
Clematis montana is a plant i also adore. Mad vigorous climber, managing 8' and more a year. It need something to climb up, but will easily cover fances and walls on north facing angles too. Caller was complaining about a lack of flowers. Clematis montana are like most clematis in that they don't like a warm root so ensure plants are well mulched with garden compost or bark and don't be scared to give them an auld hard prune to keep the coming fresh.
Vinegar makes a great weedkiller. Apply it neat to a plants leaf in direct sunshine and the acid will destroy the plant, with results sometimes appearing in a few hours. This is a contact weedkiller so it'll kill the foliage of nearly all weeds very quickly, some deep-rooted weeds such as Dandelion will re-grow back so these are normally best dug up root and all, but vinegar is fierce handy for grass (as per the picture on the left)
A wee cloche tunnel, like this one bought in B&Q, is a handy piece of kit. Not only will it keep your bedding plants, vegetables etc frost free but it will aso keep them as snug as a bug in a rug, thus promoting growth and bringing all your plants on quicker. There is frost forecast this week so a wee fellow like this or some Fleece will be a must for many. Ask at any garden centre for fleece and it'll only cost you about 1.50 a m2 so very good value. The picture shows City &Guilds Horticulture students in the NWRC installing a cloche over Cauliflower and Broccoli plants.
Our spuds bags we planted should all be flying now and will need regular topping up, the spuds should be growing about 4inches a week so after 3/4 top-ups your coal bag will be full. If you planted them over St Patricks weekend you shoudl start to feed them weekly now with Tomato Fertiliser. The picture shows the kids in Groarty Primary School earthing up their spud bags.
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