That's fine if you have a large garden with a jungle section, Casi. Mine is not that big and all open so newspapers on the garden beds would look pretty awful. There is also a huge oak tree just in front of our garden, and the leaves fall in on the flower beds just at the front beside the gate. I left lots while it was cold but they take absolutely forever to disintegrate so last week when it was warm, I raked off quite a lot of them. Don't need any more acidity in the soil here, which is already acid.
Yes, having a huge space/jungle does support this method to be sure.
I can see how it wouldn't work in a smaller space.
I will say that having the amount of space that I have has become much more difficult to keep up with as the years go by. I just can't physically do all that I used to be able to do and as a result I do have a woman come and give me a hand with the heavy duty stuff. She is a godsend and I really lucked out finding her. She also is good company and has a wicked sense of humor. A big plus.
Under house arrest because of my backpain...I went onto a plant/seed website and ordered....
Pelargoniums: Lord Bute, Mystery, Dark Secret and p.sidoides Nemesia: Wisley Vanilla Verbena: Lollipop Digitalis: Foxglove x Rose Ivory and Foxglove x Ruby Glow Buddleia: Hot Raspberry Syringa vulgaris: Primrose
Lots of prettiest for pots and a couple of little shrubs very happy bunny....
Post by cheerypeabrain on Feb 12, 2020 21:02:20 GMT
2 musa basjoo arrived in the post this afternoon. Only young plants, it's really difficult to get banana seeds to germinate here so I ordered 2 baby plants from a nursery in Ireland. They were beautifully packed...hopefully they'll thrive. Going to repot them in a week or so.
I was always under the impression that it was difficult to get banana seeds to germinate anywhere.
uh...not just me then
An age ago I managed to get bananas and palms to germinate but managed to kill the plants within a few years. This year I want a tachcarpus fortunei as well as my bananas...going for the big leaves again after a few years of just bedding.
Well, in New Orleans anyway, they are prolific as hell, to the point they have to be hacked back. New plants will grow easily from those hacked pieces. I remember reading in one of those books about how to grow stuff from kitchen scraps that banana plants could be grown from the teeny seeds inside the banana, but I never figured anyone would actually do that.
I could say I live in southern Québec, but that still gets very nasty winters. But Montréal is actually south of Paris, to say nothing of London or Amsterdam. They get the Gulf Stream.
One of my plants, a kind of mini palm, is dying. It was never strong as I had rescued it along with another plant (green leafy small tree) as a young woman left them out on the sidewalk while she and an older female relative (mother or aunt?) were taking what she was keeping onto the plane to France, in a state of panic. It was a grey, chill, November day.
The larger plant has done well, for one thing it was in a proper pot, while poor palm was planted in a glass container that would have been better for holding utensils or pens (I use it for the latter; there is also a corkscrew in there). Of course I re-potted it, but it has never thrived, though had survived for several years. Now it is leaning over and I think it has root rot (no, I never over-watered it). I'm sad, but will replace it with one of those plants that can practically live in a cupboard. I already have one and will see whether I can divide it, if not I'll buy another. No other of my plants are ill, and very few have been.
I don't know why certain plants fail to thrive. I've had some that don't get sick, don't look bad, but do nothing and re-potting doesn't help. When I finally get sick of them & pull them out, they often have very little root system.
I pulled out some of the dead plants from my window boxes yesterday. They had absolutely huge root systems, which I suppose is good, but they made a mess. Anyway, it completely validated my purchase of new potting soil since so much of the old stuff went into the bin.
My current debate is whether to terminate my ficus or not. I had already decided to do it 2 years ago but when spring arrived, it suddenly started thriving, so I spared it. Indoor plants are a bitch.