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Week 46

Things you can do this week
Feed the birds over winter. Keep dead leaves out of the pond. Give the garden a general clear up and the lawn a final cut. Dahlias will turn black after the first hard frosts of autumn.

Gardening diary week 46 - bee blog

November 11th - November 18th

If you have large stocks of dahlias and a light sandy soil some of you dahlia tubers could be left in the ground as they will very likely survive the winter. If you need to be sure of keeping your stocks or want to increase a particular variety then dig them up and cut the tops off two or three inches from the tuber. If they have very large stems then you could push a screwdriver right through the middle of the stem to allow the sap to drain out, brush off excess soil and carefully dry the tubers and store in a frost free shed. After a few weeks you can put them into a box of moist peat for the remainder of the winter. They need checking over every few weeks and you are likely to loose a few before spring arrives. In the spring you can see new growth emerging around the base of the old stems. Once you are happy your dahlias have survived the winter and you can see new growth emerging you can split you tubers into pieces taking care to ensure that each piece that you split off has at least one growth point on it. Alternatively you can bring your dahlias into gentle heat early in the spring and then when you have shoots a couple of inches high you use them to make cuttings. Link. and another and another. There is no shortage of online advice for taking dahlia cuttings.

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I re-sighted the pond under the peach tree. I have now cleared the whole area directly under the peach tree during this year as it is now quite an impressive sized tree and I can get under it's lower branches to work with not too much difficulty. I may cut a couple more branches off next year. The spring cauliflower that I have planted under it will not grow to their maximum potential there. I don't mind that as their maximum is very big and smaller heads are really easier to cook.
I have cut most of my dahlias down and laid the cut stalks over the plants with pea sticks, twigs and the cut down stalks of jerusalem artichokes over them to keep the winter frosts off. There is one large plant that I have left. I will dig that up and clean it off and store it somewhere frost free for the winter.
Saturday/Sunday November 18th/19th 2006 It rained for three hours on Friday night but Saturday and Sunday were both still bright sunny days until the evening on Sunday when it began to rain again. Iím still clearing up the end of my allotment where I had the fire last week.
I dug around a small greengage tree that started life as a sapling growing from the roots of a much larger tree nearby. The original greengage tree I planted years ago after bringing it back from Ross-on-Wye. It's an English greengage tree that produces small, round, sweet, greengages in August. Once the trees are a few years old they produce a number of suckers at the end of their root system that can be dug up and be moved on to grow into large trees in their own right. They crop true to type so this is a greengage that is a quick and easy tree to propagate.
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Wednesday 16th November 2005 The frosts have arrived and the dahlias have turned black. Just in case the winter gets really hard I've dug up some of my best plants to keep inside until the winter is over.
We still haven't had a hard enough frost to kill of the dahlias and it was a another bright a sunny weekend. On saturday all hives had bees flying in the middle of the day and I put entrance blocks in on any of the hives that didn't have them. Although the bees were flying and still gathering pollen they were at all pleased to be messed around with. Planted out more garlic and dug up potatoes. Cropped half a dozen nice celeriac.
Frost black dahlias November 18th Planted out more garlic four inches deep after digging up potatoes. I need to dig up all the remaining potatoes now as we have had rain nearly every day now for what seems weeks and the slugs will finish them off if I don't dig them up first. Somehow it is a lot harder to dig up the main crop potatoes than it is the earlies.

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