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What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 20:59

Potted on my tomatoes at last.  I've no greenhouse so they've sulked on the windowsill while it's been so cold.  Planted out cavolo nero  seedlings, sowed runner beans, emptied  one of the compost bins, really pleased with the contents.  Next door's cat , (we call him Rentacat), came for a cuddle and a few leaves of catmint. A lovely day all round.    

Growing veg with little space

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 21:58

Our new house a few years ago was perfect in lots of ways, but, horror! -- the back "garden" was totally paved over.  Honestly, what idiot.....?  Anyway, before I managed to get some of the slabs up, (my husband is disabled), I grew broad, runner and French beans, mangetout peas, courgette, tomatoes, cucumber, radish, lettuce, rocket, borage, nasturtium, chillies, very tastily.  Carrots always a disaster though, and beetroot tough as old boots.  Can't win 'em all, but it's great fun, so have a go!  

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 18:39

Second-hand info, but I shall try it! A friend told me she was puzzled by the lack of slugs in her garden . Last year, to boot! Then she became friendly with the new neighbour, an Asian lady  who said it was due to the very large number of garlic plants that she grows next door to my friend. Apparently her garden is full of flowers, the garlic just pops up in between, so it doesn't look ugly. She cooks loads of the green leaves , not waiting for bulbs to form. So I see no need to buy expensive garlic to experiment with this: I'm going to pop supermarket cloves all over the place and see what happens. Anyone else trid this?  

Plants between concrete path and wall

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 20:50

You have to consider what is right for your area. What would appear if (only theoretically!) you dug it over and waited? That could teach you a lot. In my garden I would soon find: alchemilla, violets, valerian, ferns, ivy, holly, bronze fennel, buddleia, (as well as weeds of course, and ash seedlings)..But I'd probably welcome some of those. Valerian is tough enough to cope with rain shadow,and would give height. Or you could put up some trellis. Perennial sweetpeas are wonderful and keep me and many of my neighbours supplied with huge bunches for several months each year.. My first post too: what fun!

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