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Neglected Rose

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:58

...and cut it back again in the Autumn and possibly shape it more precisely in late Feb next year.

Neglected Rose

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:56

I would gently cut away the branches that are flapping around, remove the plants/weeds at the base, give it some rose food or well rotted horse manure. In the Autumn, please plant it in a larger pot, with Fish Blood and Bonemeal mixed in with the fresh compost, place the new container on a large saucer, so that it can suck up some water when you are not there. I love this way of growing roses, I have 2 half standards by the front door and they are much admired.

Bear in mind that a rose that is confined like this does need feeding, dead-heading it will ensure many blooms.

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:49

scroggin, how do you manage with Celeriac? My neighbour said that their's only grew to the size of a golf ball

philippa, you are sooo lucky to have space for chickens. Some mornings, the mutt and I walk past a garden with a lovely chicken run under some old apple trees; they get up surprisingly late! When they are out they are such fun to watch.

My bird feeders are placed where I can enjoy watching...

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:18

Lavande, Sunflowers are easy peasy


Daisy lawn in trend!

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:16

Do you mow this wonderful lawn at all?

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:04

This year I am growing in bed

1. Sweet corn 2 types, Calalloo, Broad Beans 2 types, Radishes, Leeks.

2 Celeriac (have been warned this may not produce much), Calabrese, Elephant Garlic, Soft Neck Garlic, Red Baron Onions, Rocket.

3 Snowball Turnips, Spring Onions, Cos, Little Gem, Lettuce Mazur, Peas, Spinach 2 types, Runner Beans, Dwarf French Beans, Fennel.

4 Rainbow Chard, Brussels Sprouts, more Leeks, Purple Sprouting Broccoli.

In troughs, Courgettes, in pots Carrots 2 types, Hamburg Parsley, Potatoes 3 types, Marmande Tomatoes.

In greenhouse Aubergines, San Marzano Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers.

Watercress is in pots in 3" of water. Globe Artichoke just about to be planted.


Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:53

Fabulous evening bump

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:47

Philippa, I have emailed you

Message from Mike

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:36

I agree

Sweet Corn

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:18

John, you are supposed to grow them 18" apart, but I used the close bed system (more yield per sq. metre, less yield per plant) and usually plant them around 12" apart and they do fine. I would go for 4 per pot which will help with the pollinating too. They may need some feeding in pots.

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Plant photos from French hols

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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

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