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Butterfly sightings 2014

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:15

I keep a nettle patch to feed the caterpillars plus to make a healthy veg plot brew. Last year loads of peacock and red admirals. Tansy sprinkled over brussels and broccoli keep the Cabbage White off. Have seen 2 brimstones to date plus a couple of commas.

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:11

The leaves are coming out on the gooseberries. Last year I had sawfly problems. Should I be carrying out any prevention treatment yet? If so - what?. If not now - when? I would prefer an organic solution.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 15:37

Hi obelixx - yes chilli/toms and aubergines have the go ahead!!

Herewith Lunar Calender for week 17th - 22 march 2014

17-19th March Root days. Plant out first early potatoes but cover with fleece. Also plant out jerusalem artichokes and horseradish. Don't garden after 11.30am on 19th.

20 -21st March Flower days back. Continue pruning roses/buddlea/perovskia and other summer flowering shrubs. Plant out cauliflowers if sown beginning january. Thin out Impatiens (Busy Lizzies) sown 1st March. Sow dahliasand perrenial flower seed in warmth.

22nd March  Leaf Day. Plant or divide herbs and rhubarb. Thin or prick out spinach and lettuce sown 1-4th March.

Happy gardening! Brace yourselves for week 23rd -29th It's all system's go for EVERYTHING!!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 15:10

Well I did get the onions in - so that's a start!

Here is the Calender for 9-15th March. Happy Lunar Gardening weather willing!

9/10/11 March carry on as per 8th March until 0.40 after midnight running into 10th then all changes to flowers as moon descending. Prune roses, and prick our cauliflowers in the Coldframe sowed 1st Feb and pot up geranium cuttings. Do not garden after 2.45pm on the 11th. Moon at lowest point so no strength to benefit plantings.

12/13 March Plant asparagus and cover with 5cm earth to gain maximum strength from moon pull. Water well. Plant all container evergreen shrubs.

14/15th March After 5.54pm on 14th a good time to deal with Fruit. Finish pruning and remove suckers. Prick our aubergines/chillis and peppers sown 28/29 January into pots. Hoe peas sown 5-6 february to encourage root growth and stake climbing varieties.

16th March After 3.42pm Roots take over from flowers.Plant out early potatoes 10cm deep.

Has anyone else managed to start Calender yet?

 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:23

Well despite weather and in between showers I did sow 38 The Sutton Broad Beans this week as per Lunar Calender, and the Rose Garlic. I have to admit to not trying anything else yet. Just too awful in the Potager and at the moment I only have a cucumber frame, so not much going on in there other than Winter Storage.

Anyway - Here's to March bringing better weather and growing opportunties.

!st March is The new Moon at 7.59am - after this the Calender for the week ahead is very active. With a rising moon it is time to concentrate on sowing seeds, so here goes:-

2-3 March Sow under cloches Spring lettuces, broccoli and summer cauliflowers. Sow Rocket & Spinach outside, and sow impatiens/petunias and nicotiana in the greenhouse

4th March Do not garden after 2.45pm today. before this sow tomatos under heat.

5-6 March Sow cucumbers and melons under heat.Sow turnips & radishes under cloches and onions & autumn leeks.

7-8 March Sow celeriac in greenhouse, keep moist until they sprout.

Let me know how yu are getting on.

Garlic v Onions

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 15:01

Checked again - 'Don't grow garlic in the same place as onions grown the year before as rust possible in garlic' -I did indeed get rust on last year's garlic, but am still eating the cloves - did not seem to be affected below soil. Asked Leek Man at Market this morning, and he said don't mix them up together apart from Rose Garlic which is hardier apparently - Keep a good gap between them and infill with carrots (To avoid Carrot Fly I assume)

Garlic v Onions

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:16

Is there any truth in the advice that I received at the Garden Centre this morning when I bought some extra garlic to plant. 'You should not plant garlic and onions together, or where leeks have been?' This year I am trying garlic in pots as per Chris Beardshaw recommendation as a trial, but I thought Garlic were the same family as onions - so why not plant them together?? Any ideas.

Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:13

Which varieties would you recommend? The one's I've seen advertised all seem a bit big and blousy and maybe 'watery' to taste being 'new'. Are any of the old favourites in hanging form available?

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:10

Such a nice name! My crocuses just keep coming - Are some later than others?

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 16:15

Camellias trying hard. Saw lots of ladybirds in the garden today plus first brimstone butterfly and a 'humble bumble' bee! Always like to stroke the latter, never cause any harm. We had over 200 on the lavender last year. Lilacs budding up now, and paeonies popping through soil. Hope it lasts! 18C here this afternoon.

Discussions started by biofreak

Broom

Pruning 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 18:43

Insect Eating Plants

What soil to use 
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 11:39

Peach leaf Curl

Will fruit hold? 
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Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

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Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 21:52

Lavender

Dividing Plants? 
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Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 08:54

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Prevention 
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Last Post: 12/08/2014 at 15:25

Garlic v Onions

To mix or not to mix? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2014 at 11:06

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:44

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:38

First Spring Flowers

Disappointment & Joy 
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Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 15:28

Robins

Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
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Last Post: 22/02/2014 at 15:48

Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:37

Brussel Sprouts

Growing in Pots? 
Replies: 4    Views: 255
Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:18

Swedes & Turnips

Is it worth persevering? 
Replies: 3    Views: 333
Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:20

Potatoes

Growing in Bags 
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Last Post: 18/02/2014 at 18:30
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