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Cheap veg seeds

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:47

Never thought of this. Glad I looked at this thread!

Hedging and Horses

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:33

Please, please do not plant blackthorn - The thorns are notorious for causing abscesses. We used to have terrible problems when the farmer trimmed his hedges, the thorns used to go up into the hoof - a blacksmith's nightmare and a vet's delight re expensive treatments!!

I too suggest a good gap between fence and hedge - Horses have long tongues as well as long necks and with the exception of holly, young leaves would be a delight!

I would suggest that you go to a tree nursery and get some really good well grown stock, so you stand a good chance of the hedge thickening quickly. Please don't be tempted to plant conifers - Colic and vet bills plus possible death if you don't know what you are putting in.

Good luck

Rose Pruning

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:27

I pruned my rugosas really hard last year and they were fabulous afterwards. Do I do this every year, or should I leave them until 2015 as the shapes are good. It is very mild here ( as everywhere I think) My neighbour succeeded in nearly murdering my roses last year when he tried to kill his conifer hedge. I lost nearly all my shrubs my side, so hesitate to prune too hard after this set back. Should I just tip to the nearest leaf bud perhaps?

Robins

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:18

I'm waiting for feathers to fly - a third one turned up this morning! Maybe last year's baby??

Talking of babies, 4 and a ' half pint' (a yearling) deer in the meadow yesterday. Had wandered down off the moor, stunning Roe Deer, Sprung up from the shelter of the blackberry hedge right in front of me. Wonderful sight.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 09:01

In between gales and before we get a power cut! - Here is Lunar Calender for 9th-15th Feb 2014

9th Feb - Moon still rising until 3.20pm continue to sow onion seed outside 1-2cm deep.Sow leeks under cover and radishes and turnips to force.

10th Feb - Same as 9th until 4.43pm when moon starts to descend, then running into 11th Feb - thin seedlings from previous plantings earlier in the year. Plant anemones & renonculus, Divide snow drops in the green.

12th Feb:- Don't garden before 10.15am as moon apoge (Furthest point from earth) After this you can commence as per 13/14/15 Feb.

13 14 15th Feb - Moon descending. If no frost Prune climbing flowering plants like wisteria. Prune fruit trees and bushes.and if no frost plant new or infill  leafy hedges with naked root specimens (not potted) and (as though we all need it!) water in well.

Any queries - Please ask.

 

Robins

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:24

I thought robins were territorial outside the mating season and preferred their own company - but I have seen two beautiful adults popping in and out of my Laurel in the centre of the lawn on which I hang suet balls and fruit & insect blocks in the branches. They seem really close - Could they be breeding already or just 'good friends'?

Cheap veg seeds

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:18

Lidl's great for old faithfuls ie kelvedon Wonder peas. But I agree about the amount you get. But there again how many sprouts/lettuce/toms do you actually need? Some of the varieties are totally different as they come from germany so an adventure can be had at little cost, and I can recommend the Cucumber Seeds from Lidl especially.

With only two of us I find myself with many packets of seed left over even with 2-3yr life! Still, I do have to admit to preferring to pay out for new F1 varieties as feel I need that guarantee of success. I find for a many items it is better to buy young plants/seedlings, although I have unwittingly bought in disease problems from unknown growers ie. Nurseries trading at Markets as opposed to Flower Shows.

Rose Pruning

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:09

Bearing in mind what a mild Winter we have had, I have hesitated to prune my roses, and they are romping away at all angles unchecked! Should I leave them in peace this year? The climbers are not included in this question as they are under control. It's the Shrub Roses and the Hansa

Potatoes

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 14:37

Great feedback! Did not know spuds liked seaweed - I thought that was onions and leeks only? Living by the sea makes this easier for me. Tractors passing all the time with trailers full of seaweed for the leek fields, Lots of us following with buckets to pick up leftovers in road!! Bit like the old days with horse p----!

Re alternative planting potatoes, I had a go at French organic recommendation for new method and it worked really well, so shall do again in rotten patch of land that needs using. Lay compost, sit potatoes on top, then add lawn mowings plus one more layer of compost. After this as soon as the potatoes show though and every time you mow the lawn, cover with lawn mowings and don't water. After flowering, pop your hand in and lo and behold out comes a beautifl clean potato ready for the pot. It did work in semi-shade. I'm not sure I would do it in full sun or full shade. I only used greengrocer spuds that had sprouted out of curiosity, but I shall try some proper seed potatoes in addition to the bags (By the way checked material on label this morning 100% polypropolyne - Do you think this will leak or sweat?)

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 15:32

That's a good one - any more ideas? By the way - just in passing if you download (FREE!!) Stellarium it is great for looking at the sky where you are at any time of night or day.

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Can I get new covers? 
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Robins

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Rose Pruning

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