The ADAPT food Group had a recent meeting and with the first frost last night here are our topical tips.
We recommend pulling up your gladioli's now, cutting growth off flush with old corm. Placing on a tray in the warmth to dry. When dry "unscrew" the old corm from the new, and save any babies for planting like peas to bring on in the spring. Store all in cool dry conditions, a sprinkle of flowers of sulphur will deter rot.
When the last flowers of dahlias have faded and the tubers are ready to lift, lift carefully and cut of the growth at 5cm and make a hole with a screwdriver down the stem and turn upside down to aid drying, add that sprinkling of Flowers of sulphur again and store in a cool dark place. -- OR if you have sandy soil, you could always try an alternative successful over-wintering method. Heap a straw mulch over them and keep them in the ground.
Please note there are 2 ways of Dahlia propagation, spring cuttings , rooting compound and heat, or the Chicken method by breaking off a single tuber or "chicken" with a bud and bringing on from there. There may be a best Dahlia competition in the village next year!!!.Bring it on.
Time to dig up your old Strawberry Plants, they regress quickly and are never better in their second or third year. Prepare your beds now.
Autumn fruiting raspberries need to be checked for disease and one of the disease resistant varieties is Joan J. " These beds can be prepared and be planted through the winter months.
New ADAPT Food Group members are welcome.
Our aims are to promote a more sustainable way of living, encouraging locally-based food production, gardening and environmental awareness.