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Latest posts by biofreak

Time to get busy!

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:43

I now have 3 'thinking' chairs! One for the Potager wich the cat pinches regularly. One for the Shrubbery where I can hide away with a good book (gardening one of course) and One that I carry around to place opposite 'projects' and consider in depth what on earth to do despite loads of plans in head and on paper. Now I have my first greenhouse (since last week) Chair No 4 will have to be employed. Only ONE problem - NO chairs left for visitors!


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:39

As long as your ground is not too wet (and then you could make a long mound instead of waiting, so that they are raised) Yes, plant them out and sow any others directly outside from now onwards.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:37

Can you divide Lavender? I have some huge clumps of Lavender de Grasse. I already split strawberries successfully, and I do know about taking cuttings , but these bushes are 2ft wide and I want to add some to a new Rose Border. Any ideas?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 14:40

Just got my first greenhouse after 40yrs!!! Over the moon (Excuse the pun, just realised what I have written!) Will now catch up myself on sowing etc, as still too wet and cold in potager. Husband making my staging this afternoon - Oh I can't wait! Hope to sow toms/dahlias

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:49

Well Spring Onions and Red onions s 19th March set out 6th March. Broad Beans sowed 26th Feb sprouted 20th March. here's Calender for week 23rd-29th March. How are you getting on??

23rd March Up to 1.37pm thin out spinach and lettuce sown 1-4th March. Plant or divide herbs and rhubarb.

24/25th March Fruit Days. Sow round (as opposed to wrinkled) peas and broad beans. Cover with fleese if cold. Sow tomatoes/peppers/chillies/aubergines again in heat.

26th/27th March Root Days.Sow carrots/radish and beetroot. Do not garden after 1.30pm on 27th .

28th Flower day. Sow hardy annuals like allysum/clarkia/busy lizzies where they are to flower and sow perrenial sweet peas.Sow dahlias and other perrenials under heat.

29th March Leaf Day In nursery bed sow cabbages and brussel sprouts for Autumn crops.

Let me know how you are getting on - want to compare notes!


Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 16:45

Which spray do you use?

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?


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