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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.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 15:18

Well - Good luck everyone here's the Lunar Calender 22 Feb - 1st March Let's hope for a chance to start! I note the mags here are now adding ' If not too wet!' in addition to 'if no frost'! Briitany underwater at the moment so perhaps that's why!!

22-23 Feb Prick out lettuce sown 2-4th Feb. Trim conifer hedges and carry out topiary

24 Feb Moon at lowest point 1.25am, After 7.33am sow tomatoes/aubergines/chillies and peppers.under heat

25-26 Feb Rising Moon sow Peas and Broad Beans outside.

27 Feb Sow carrots and Radish undercover before 2.50pm Radishes can be cropped before carrots allowing latter to grow on.

28 Feb-1st March in Nursery Bed sow Summer cauliflowers & brocolli

So there we are -weather willing seems we can start the veg off!!

Don't hesitate to ask questions.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:53

Putting next week's calender up this afternoon. Feels like growing weather but just too wet and windy - Anyone else tried yet?

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:49

Still really windy here, dashed outside to pick some primroses from island bed to crystalise to decorate Easter Cupcakes. The primroses seem to have nearly finished. V V early to be over? Tulips well on the way and hydrangeas budding up. Loath to prune them.

Polytunnels

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:44

I have made use of an old chicken run with new 4ft fencing to enclose my plastic coldframes to stop them being blown away. Am going to put polytunnel in here too. I agree about instructions - or lack of. Everything nowadays seems great until you get it home! Bring back the old days, when life was easy and you did not need to be technaphobe to read a manual!

Polytunnels

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:38

That looks impressive! And - I'd love to get a Polytunnel for £1 in Poundland - But yes, I would like to walk in and around it! When I have asked about replacement covers, general response has been negative or cagey. Websites from Ed look promising though. Thanks for info

Polytunnels

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 14:25

I cannot afford a greenhouse, so am thinking of buying a polytunnel. Put off by seeing covers go green and horrible after only 2yrs in peopl'es gardens. Can anyone tell me if any companies sell replacement covers?? All the ads give guarantees of up to 5 years on structure and up to 5 seasons for cover. Don't want to have to buy another complete tunnel.

Polytunnels

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:58

I cannot afford a greenhouse, so am thinking of buying a polytunnel. Put off by seeing covers go green and horrible after only 2yrs in peopl'es gardens. Can anyone tell me if any companies sell replacement covers?? All the ads give guarantees of up to 5 years on structure and up to 5 seasons for cover. Don't want to have to buy another complete tunnel.

Robins

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:53

Am I the first to see tree sparrows gathering nesting material already?? Reader's Digest book says they begin nesting april-may.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:47

Flower buds coming on climbing roses. First peach blossom and 6 daffodils now!

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? 
Replies: 2    Views: 140
Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Replies: 5    Views: 359
Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 21:52

Lavender

Dividing Plants? 
Replies: 12    Views: 383
Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 08:54

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Prevention 
Replies: 13    Views: 483
Last Post: 12/08/2014 at 15:25

Garlic v Onions

To mix or not to mix? 
Replies: 6    Views: 332
Last Post: 28/02/2014 at 11:06

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
Replies: 4    Views: 192
Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:44

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
Replies: 5    Views: 278
Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:38

First Spring Flowers

Disappointment & Joy 
Replies: 68    Views: 2371
Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 15:28

Robins

Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
Replies: 23    Views: 751
Last Post: 22/02/2014 at 15:48

Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
Replies: 9    Views: 600
Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:37

Brussel Sprouts

Growing in Pots? 
Replies: 4    Views: 264
Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:18

Swedes & Turnips

Is it worth persevering? 
Replies: 3    Views: 339
Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:20

Potatoes

Growing in Bags 
Replies: 10    Views: 448
Last Post: 18/02/2014 at 18:30
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