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First Spring Flowers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:47

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

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 16:01

Despite howling gales and driving rain 2nd Daffodil out today!

Cheap veg seeds

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 15:11

Lidl and Aldi Seed has just come into shops this week here. Am I imagining it or have the contents got even less? Checked a couple of packets from last year and the contents seem heavier even though I had used some - In particular radishes/turnips and tomatoes. Are we being short changed?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 15:00

Here is the Lunar Calender for 16th-22nd Feb 2014

16 Feb - Fruit Period ending. If the weather is mild plant or prune new and old fruit trees and fruit bushes.

17-18-19Feb - Moon descending Root Period - If no frost plant shallots and Rose Garlic in soil that has not been manured.

20th Feb - No Gardening Day Moon approaching reaching lowest point.

21-22 Feb - Flower Period Earth up Artichokes with compost. Plant Bare root roses Prick out begonias sowed 1st Feb.

 

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:50

Seems I'm behind all of you, and I thought it was really early! Still let's face it you can't beat the very first blooms of the season in your own garden. Shows the earth is stirring again despite all the floods and horrors. For budding travellers by the way - Brittany is underwater like Somerset. We were supposed to have a break there last week - Cancelled it and pulled the shutters down! Here in Normandy, we haven't had the floods, but this wind just doesn't stop.

Rose Pruning

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:36

Lawnmower's a bit drastic! Sounds like my husband, It never ceases to amaze me what he 'didn't see'!!

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:34

My Helleborus Niger are nowhere to be found and Cyclamen coum are waving a few pathetic leaves at me! You are so lucky! Just walked the dog and found first dandelion - Ok not a favourite with everyone but so cheerful and great for Dandelion Jam a little later in the year.

Homemade Cloches

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:08

After a Season at the Farmer's Markets I often find myself with cracked Plastic Storage boxes 3' x 2' - Rather than throw them away, I use them to cover tender seed rows, and in particular onion sets during the first few weeks  It doesn't matter if they get frosted or brittle through sunlight., because they would only have been thrown away earlier anyway, and I have been able to get them to last 3 Seasons so far. My only problem is that they are quite shallow, so only really serve well until seedlings are about 3/4inches high, but then they are usually able to be lifted off anyway. 

Share a wildlife-friendly plant

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:58

I got so fed up seeing bare space in my asparagus bed for most of the year that I threw a few annuals over it. Right in the middle of the potager it attracted loads of insects, and the asparagus did not seem bothered. Their furry fronds mixed beautifully with the field poppies and aquilegia. I have not weeded them out over Winter, let them seed naturally to have a wild flower garden in amongst the veg. Not only great for bees etc, but really pretty in the spirit of potager gardening.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:54

Lost my photinia Red Robin to the storms yesterday - up'd sticks and charged off down the garden - all 4ft of it! On extricating the poor soul from the shrubbery spotted my 1st Iris in flower (Wonderful sapphire blue) 1st Daffodil in flower. Definately not open the day before when I was weeding. Such a joy to see the 1st flowers. Anyone else seen their's yet?

Discussions started by biofreak

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Pruning 
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What soil to use 
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Will fruit hold? 
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Dividing Plants? 
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Prevention 
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To mix or not to mix? 
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Can I get new covers? 
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First Spring Flowers

Disappointment & Joy 
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Robins

Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
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Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
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Brussel Sprouts

Growing in Pots? 
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Swedes & Turnips

Is it worth persevering? 
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Potatoes

Growing in Bags 
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