Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Housing in general
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1621  
Old 16.04.2018, 07:47
omtatsat's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Timbuktoo/Zürich
Posts: 5,560
Groaned at 776 Times in 426 Posts
Thanked 2,010 Times in 1,325 Posts
omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat
Re: How about a gardening thread?

how much water does a Clematis need ( amount ) in a pot weekly?
Reply With Quote
  #1622  
Old 16.04.2018, 10:33
Tom1234's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kanton Luzern
Posts: 11,875
Groaned at 343 Times in 275 Posts
Thanked 16,448 Times in 6,748 Posts
Tom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Quote:
View Post
how much water does a Clematis need ( amount ) in a pot weekly?
Clematis don't really like being in pots - they like cool roots so try and keep the pot in the shade (but not the plant!).

Just water it once a week now and perhaps twice a week when it's warmer.

One good soaking a week is much better than a few dribbles from a watering can over a week.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Tom1234 for this useful post:
  #1623  
Old 17.04.2018, 17:00
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SZ
Posts: 8,933
Groaned at 19 Times in 18 Posts
Thanked 19,718 Times in 6,315 Posts
meloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Anybody out there with a crystal ball?

Looking at the forecast for the next 10 days the weather will be glorious - and I have a small window of available time, which I'd love to spend putting the tomatoes out.

But but but Dark Side, Eisheiligen - it could all end in tears, even with a cold frame.

It's so frustrating, as if I wait until after the Eisheiligen the growing season is almost too short for tomatoes. I'm usually still picking and then ripening in the nick of time ahead of an October frost.

But if I start too soon, we could still get a killing frost. Seems unlikely with the warm spring we have had, but this is the Dark Side, anything could happen.

So if any of you have a crystal ball, I'd be most appreciative if you could peek just a month into the future...
Reply With Quote
  #1624  
Old 17.04.2018, 17:03
omtatsat's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Timbuktoo/Zürich
Posts: 5,560
Groaned at 776 Times in 426 Posts
Thanked 2,010 Times in 1,325 Posts
omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat
Re: How about a gardening thread?

The safest way is to plant the tomato until after the sacred ice age in mid-May. After that you can be pretty sure that there will be no ground frost that could damage the seedlings. It is not only warmer, but also drier at this time. Since tomato plants actually come from warmer latitudes, this comes to meet them.
Quote:
View Post
Anybody out there with a crystal ball?

Looking at the forecast for the next 10 days the weather will be glorious - and I have a small window of available time, which I'd love to spend putting the tomatoes out.

But but but Dark Side, Eisheiligen - it could all end in tears, even with a cold frame.

It's so frustrating, as if I wait until after the Eisheiligen the growing season is almost too short for tomatoes. I'm usually still picking and then ripening in the nick of time ahead of an October frost.

But if I start too soon, we could still get a killing frost. Seems unlikely with the warm spring we have had, but this is the Dark Side, anything could happen.

So if any of you have a crystal ball, I'd be most appreciative if you could peek just a month into the future...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank omtatsat for this useful post:
  #1625  
Old 17.04.2018, 19:28
DantesDame's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Basel
Posts: 896
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 887 Times in 391 Posts
DantesDame has earned the respect of manyDantesDame has earned the respect of manyDantesDame has earned the respect of many
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Quote:
View Post
But but but Dark Side, Eisheiligen - it could all end in tears, even with a cold frame.
My take on it? Plant half of what you normally plant now. If they freeze, then you're only out a few little plants. But if there is no frost, you're ahead of the game!

You can plant the other half of your tomatoes after everything is officially "safe"
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank DantesDame for this useful post:
  #1626  
Old 17.04.2018, 20:35
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SZ
Posts: 8,933
Groaned at 19 Times in 18 Posts
Thanked 19,718 Times in 6,315 Posts
meloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Quote:
View Post
My take on it? Plant half of what you normally plant now. If they freeze, then you're only out a few little plants. But if there is no frost, you're ahead of the game!
Brilliant!

Thanks, DantesDame.
Reply With Quote
  #1627  
Old 18.04.2018, 21:41
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: near Lausanne
Posts: 364
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 167 Times in 100 Posts
LearningAlways has earned some respectLearningAlways has earned some respect
Re: How about a gardening thread?

We just moved into a "new" apartment that has large concrete planters facing full south. There is no water spigot available so we need to water by hand. Our problem is that the planters are blocked from getting any significant rainfall and they dry out very quickly. I also sometimes hear the water dripping out as I am pouring it in.

I need help with the following before my husband buys lots of artificial flowers:
  1. The soil is old, and surely needs some amendments so that it retains moisture better. What do you recommend and any idea what the French terms are?
  2. Any recommendations for plants that need little water, will survive below zero temperatures (I live near Lake Geneva, a bit above lake level), and that are attractive. Perennials preferred. And I do know this is a big ask.
My apologies if there has just been a long discussion similar to this - I tried searching first. Any suggestions are much appreciated.
Reply With Quote
  #1628  
Old 20.04.2018, 19:28
DantesDame's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Basel
Posts: 896
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 887 Times in 391 Posts
DantesDame has earned the respect of manyDantesDame has earned the respect of manyDantesDame has earned the respect of many
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Quote:
View Post
We just moved into a "new" apartment that has large concrete planters facing full south. There is no water spigot available so we need to water by hand. Our problem is that the planters are blocked from getting any significant rainfall and they dry out very quickly. I also sometimes hear the water dripping out as I am pouring it in.

I need help with the following before my husband buys lots of artificial flowers:

Any suggestions are much appreciated.
Since no one else has answered you yet, I'll give it a shot:

Go for succulents. I don't know how many are winter hardy, but at least this one is (Hens and Chicks):




And here's a link to 10 more!


Definitely do something with the soil - perhaps add some peat moss, compost or composted manure. Good for you for trying to keep things "green"
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank DantesDame for this useful post:
  #1629  
Old 20.04.2018, 19:34
DantesDame's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Basel
Posts: 896
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 887 Times in 391 Posts
DantesDame has earned the respect of manyDantesDame has earned the respect of manyDantesDame has earned the respect of many
Re: How about a gardening thread?

The garden is certainly enjoying this weather, but I am finding that I need to get stuff done by noon before the heat gets too much for me.

The frogs are a good excuse to sit in the shade though - I love watching their antics







The poor tulips just don't know what to make of all of this heat!


__________________
"You don't know unless you ask"

Like motorcycles? Like photos? Check out my website: www.dantesdame.com
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank DantesDame for this useful post:
  #1630  
Old 23.04.2018, 12:38
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: near Lausanne
Posts: 364
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 167 Times in 100 Posts
LearningAlways has earned some respectLearningAlways has earned some respect
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Thank you, DantesDame!

I spent several hours at the locafl Hornbach on Saturday and came home with a big bale of peat moss and a variety of sempervivum and what are described as Alpine plants that will survive anything! Then I couldn't resist a few dahlia bulbs to add a bit of color. We'll see what happens!

Quote:
View Post
Since no one else has answered you yet, I'll give it a shot:

Go for succulents. I don't know how many are winter hardy, but at least this one is (Hens and Chicks):




And here's a link to 10 more!


Definitely do something with the soil - perhaps add some peat moss, compost or composted manure. Good for you for trying to keep things "green"
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank LearningAlways for this useful post:
  #1631  
Old 24.04.2018, 09:38
FCBarca's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: La Côte
Posts: 791
Groaned at 66 Times in 30 Posts
Thanked 699 Times in 340 Posts
FCBarca has a reputation beyond reputeFCBarca has a reputation beyond reputeFCBarca has a reputation beyond reputeFCBarca has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Anyone with successful experience dealing with campagnols (Voles or field mice) attacking tree roots?

Local stores suggest fumigation bombs into the holes they burrow but curious about any remedies that are less toxic. Read spreading cayenne peppers around shrubs/trees has had success too
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank FCBarca for this useful post:
  #1632  
Old 24.04.2018, 10:02
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SZ
Posts: 8,933
Groaned at 19 Times in 18 Posts
Thanked 19,718 Times in 6,315 Posts
meloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Quote:
View Post
Anyone with successful experience dealing with campagnols (Voles or field mice) attacking tree roots?

Local stores suggest fumigation bombs into the holes they burrow but curious about any remedies that are less toxic. Read spreading cayenne peppers around shrubs/trees has had success too
May I piggy back onto your destructive voles/mice/unidentified burrowing critter control question?

Something - I assume voles - seems to have been busy building a subterranean city in the sloped area of my garden. They have attacked tree roots here as well, the latest victim is one of my lilacs. But I have an even more worrying problem: The critters have made dozens of holes the size of 1 to 5 franc pieces scattered around the area. I've tried filling them, but the holes open up or new ones appear the next day.

I'm particularly worried as our new little furry rocket races up and down that slope at warp speed - should he land a paw in one of those holes he could seriously injure himself.

Any ideas how I can either fill the holes with some chance of long term effectiveness, or even better convince the critters to upsticks and leave, would be most appreciated. I cannot use any kind of poison or toxic material - for the obviousl reason of the Muttley Crew but also because the area is a green zone to buffer a bio farm.

Now over to all y'all critter wrangling experts...

Many thanks.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank meloncollie for this useful post:
  #1633  
Old 24.04.2018, 10:08
FCBarca's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: La Côte
Posts: 791
Groaned at 66 Times in 30 Posts
Thanked 699 Times in 340 Posts
FCBarca has a reputation beyond reputeFCBarca has a reputation beyond reputeFCBarca has a reputation beyond reputeFCBarca has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

The holes started popping up in our yard in a similar fashion. We've flooded them and then filled to see if there was any new entries - so far, none. However, they are plentiful and multiply quickly so I expect to see them return - neighbors experiencing similar.

We don't want anything toxic either so looking for some clever deterrence remedies
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank FCBarca for this useful post:
  #1634  
Old 24.04.2018, 13:57
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Zuri
Posts: 94
Groaned at 18 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 106 Times in 41 Posts
legallyspeaking is considered knowledgeablelegallyspeaking is considered knowledgeablelegallyspeaking is considered knowledgeable
Re: How about a gardening thread?

I have seen my in laws use this sonic spike device which lets out a high pitched sound at regular intervals. We can't hear it, but apparently the burrowing animals can and they hate it. They said it has been effective for them.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank legallyspeaking for this useful post:
  #1635  
Old 24.04.2018, 14:08
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SZ
Posts: 8,933
Groaned at 19 Times in 18 Posts
Thanked 19,718 Times in 6,315 Posts
meloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Quote:
View Post
I have seen my in laws use this sonic spike device which lets out a high pitched sound at regular intervals. We can't hear it, but apparently the burrowing animals can and they hate it. They said it has been effective for them.
I tried one of these once, many years ago - only to find that that my dogs could hear it too. Drove them crazy, with the expected ensuing behavior, which in turn had the potential to drive the neighbors crazy. So unfortunately not a good solution for us.

(FYI, some humans can hear these; if you try one and a neighbor complains, do take them seriously.)

Finding a pet friendly solution to a critter problem is a challenge...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank meloncollie for this useful post:
  #1636  
Old 24.04.2018, 15:23
curley's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: canton ZH
Posts: 6,209
Groaned at 68 Times in 63 Posts
Thanked 6,459 Times in 3,473 Posts
curley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Quote:
View Post
....
(FYI, some humans can hear these; if you try one and a neighbor complains, do take them seriously.)...
Thank you.
A potentially suffering neighbour whom it will take ages to find out what the heck changed and drives her up the walls.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank curley for this useful post:
  #1637  
Old Yesterday, 09:36
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Zuri
Posts: 94
Groaned at 18 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 106 Times in 41 Posts
legallyspeaking is considered knowledgeablelegallyspeaking is considered knowledgeablelegallyspeaking is considered knowledgeable
Re: How about a gardening thread?

May be that's why the neighbor's cat always tries to poop on the device.
Reply With Quote
  #1638  
Old Yesterday, 18:36
curley's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: canton ZH
Posts: 6,209
Groaned at 68 Times in 63 Posts
Thanked 6,459 Times in 3,473 Posts
curley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Just learnt that I don't need to buy a thyme this year - which will die on me again at the end of winter (why always at the end when one thinks it made it?!) - as I got creeping thyme growing wild in my poor excuse of a garden.
And it will still grow there once it's a rockery. Which hopefully it will be turned into within weeks.

Wonder what other flat growing herbs I could sneak in to this rockery - looking pretty, spicing my food? Any hints?
Reply With Quote
  #1639  
Old Yesterday, 19:06
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Misery, but not the SoT one
Posts: 18,279
Groaned at 304 Times in 236 Posts
Thanked 13,451 Times in 7,714 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Just to cheer you all up.

"Knotweed 'cannot be eradicated', Swansea Uni trial shows"

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-sou...wales-43882916

Did anyone try dumping a big pile of salt all over it?
Reply With Quote
  #1640  
Old Yesterday, 19:22
DantesDame's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Basel
Posts: 896
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 887 Times in 391 Posts
DantesDame has earned the respect of manyDantesDame has earned the respect of manyDantesDame has earned the respect of many
Re: How about a gardening thread?

Plant identification, please!

It looks like a currant bush (Johannisbeeren), but I have never seen one with flowers like this. I don't recall seeing any fruit last year, either. Thoughts?





Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Would like info about a dentist (see rest of thread) cookie143 Family matters/health 7 13.08.2010 18:35
Please, help me finding a thread (about weird places to visit) psychodelicate Travel/day trips/free time 3 01.09.2009 18:03
How does the title of a thread affect the tone of your reply to a thread? chemgoddess General off-topic 28 18.05.2009 16:34
Yet Another Thread About Songs - Backing Vocals Tim General off-topic 8 17.06.2007 14:23
Please Read BEFORE Posting A New Thread About Schools Lou Family matters/health 0 30.03.2007 13:54


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:45.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0