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07/07/2014 at 12:26

I'm still new to it all. Sometimes I pat myself on the back for how well I'm doing. Other times I found things out, and wonder how I ever got anything to take root!

This year so far I've had a lot of 'doh' moments. This is what I've learnt (the long way around):

1. Prevention IS better than cure (especially when the 'cure' involves shears)

2. If using a poly tunnel don't forget to open it up! Or nothing will get pollinated

3. If you hate marrows, it turns out, waiting to see how big your courgettes get, isn't the best idea! (I don't even know how I got this old not knowing that)

4. Treat or take Leaf mould off immediately, and not "see how it goes" it spreads over-night type fast! It is heartbreaking cutting off so many leaves in one go

5. It feels super freaky when you put a pollen covered finger in to a female pumpkin flower.. and it's 'moist' which almost made me scream the first time! I felt violated, god only knows how the plant felt.

6. Bolting spinach is truly bitter. It's not a myth.

7. Most mixed salad leaves seed packs contain Brassica seeds. If you don't know what you're looking at, you could end up with all your seedlings being Brassicas. 

8. If in doubt, try the gardenerworld forum b.e.f.o.r.e attempting anything drastic.

 

 

07/07/2014 at 12:34

..after 30 years of gardening, I have finally realised I buy too many plants... thinning out is a must for next season... and absolutely no replenishments....

...as if...

07/07/2014 at 15:25
Sorry, but number 5 is just the most funny thing lol

I use a cotton bud or little make up brush for that purpose
07/07/2014 at 16:24

I say this every year but I never learn - four courgette plants are too many! And I will not kid myself that yellow courgettes are any less prolific than green ones.

07/07/2014 at 16:28

Putting gravel in the bottom of a pot with cuttings means that capilliary matting wont work.

07/07/2014 at 16:56

A couple of heavy downpours taught me the importance of putting in stakes or other plants supports early in the season.

07/07/2014 at 20:32

Read the label carefully before you buy or plant a shrub. Only buy one you really really like. Put it somewhere where it will have room to grow. Prune it lightly every year. Or else, it will turn into a monster with no room to grow or blatantly in the wrong place. I have learned this this year as I am having to pay someone to dig out 3 shrubs, all in the wrong place and all enormous.........

(and I have gardened for years and years and should know better!).

07/07/2014 at 20:45

The most important lesson I learnt this year is when you go to the garden centre leave your cash and cards at home........OH has to pay then 

07/07/2014 at 20:49

Seriously.....I learnt to take my time, (and my painkillers).I am(was) an impatient person. Always wanting things to happen now.

Edd
07/07/2014 at 21:09

Horse chestnut scale is more then, cosmetic.

RHS

Quick facts. rhs

Common name Horse chestnut scale
Latin name Pulvinaria regalis
Plants affected Horse chestnut, lime (Tilia), sycamore, maples and other Acer spp., elm, bay, magnolia, Cornus spp.
Main symptoms In early summer, white circular egg masses, partly covered by brown shells, appear on the trunks and larger branches
Caused by A sap-sucking

Control

If and i mean if , you find them  ( i did not at the beginning of the year. and it cost me ) The plant is still growing , but its fu**ed for this year!

09/07/2014 at 09:05

Oh, I am so glad I wrote this post. Some good laughs and tips for me to take on

Magpie, I also learnt that about courgettes this year. I have 2 sharing a pot which is another mistake. Some of the courgettes are like pool table balls where the stems are all entwined, preventing them from being able to grow straight! lol They looked SMALL to me in pictures lol

09/07/2014 at 09:18
  • When you tell yourself you're going to label EVERYTHING don't then go "Oh I'll remember what's in this one I'll label it later". You wont.
  • Keep the greenhouse clean. It makes a quick session pottering much easier if you're not juggling which bit of the patio to use as your potting bench as your bench in the greenhouse is full.
  • Leave an area of the garden for "those plants" that (even though you tell your family you dislike the colour red / non useful plants / plants with a high pollen count / and that you're focussing on the herb garden first) your family insist on bringing you as treats that you really wouldn't even consider putting in the compost bin much less the garden you've spent so long carefully digging over and nurturing.
  • When writing on labels of herbs use the back of the label to say what they go well with (i.e. meat / fish / vegetable). It makes a quick nip into the garden for some fresh flavour so much easier!

 

10/07/2014 at 14:08

when the lawnmower needs servicing don't wait till May to do it, especially if the guy then goes on holiday and you don't get it back for three weeks!

10/07/2014 at 14:38

Concentrate on one job at a time.  When going to weed - do weeding.  Don't get sidetracked by noticing a plant would be better two feet to the left and that clematis needs tying in and those roses need deadheading.  That way a job may get finished

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