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Gardening tips from Rod Hill

Corfe Mullen Gardening Club  November/December 2015

It’s that time of year again, when the clocks have gone back and daylight seems to be in short supply but there are still things to be doing in the garden

Most of my pots are now filled up with bulbs and pansies, I shall have to keep my eye on them over the coming months to make sure the winds have not loosened any or the soil goes dry.

I am always pleased when garden tokens come my way. To wander around garden centres looking for scented shrubs is wonderful. I recently purchased a Hamamelis which I hope will give scent to another corner of the garden.

I have taking stock of my perennial bed which has been great this year in giving me pleasure with so much colour. I have noticed that the Dahlia’s which have been in for three to four years have somewhat taken over and smothered other plants. I will leave them to die down and cut them off below ground level .Then I shall dig them up, wash off all the soil with the hose pipe taking them into the greenhouse to dry before splitting them up ready for next year. You may wish to leave yours in the ground and cover them with good mulch. If you have any perennial plants or grasses that have seed heads, that are attractive to insects and birds avoid cutting them down at the moment.  Other perennials can be cut down to ground level removing the dead foliage. Perennials can be divided now or left to early spring.

Last year I planted two Clematis with two climbing roses, but sadly the clematis died, maybe they were starved of daylight. Well, if you don’t try, you don’t know.   

Our summer and autumn raspberries have done well this year. So I am feeding them with good organic compost and manure. The Autumn raspberries can be cut down to ground level after they have finished fruiting up until February. All our fruit goes into the deepfreeze.  Raspberries are best frozen individually spread out on a tray before going into a container.

This is a good month for planting tulips about three times their own depth.

If you have a vegetable plot you may have to net the brassica’s to keep the pigeons off.  Or, you may agree with me that birds have a right to the  things that grow  as much as we do.  

Happy gardening

From Rodders,  the retired gardener.

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