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Posted: 19/06/2013 at 23:29

I grew shallots last year, not particularly good crop and, having a rather difficult year anyway I lost interest and must have left a few in the ground. This year they've grown with no help from me - along with some stray onions and garlic bulbs which seem to be determined to show me they can do it properly!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 23:24

Norfolk: too hot and airless to work until evening. Then cool enough to dig and rake some manure into my raised beds ready for late showings of beans and  salad.

Very satisfying seeing the dried, spent soil becoming darker and richer again.

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Posted: 19/06/2013 at 23:17

Artjak: so sorry to hear of your farmer problem. There is a large field adjoining my back garden which from time to time is sprayed or the corn gets cut sending great clouds of corn dust into the air. I may have imagined it but it seems that the wind direction is more often than not blowing away from our row of back gardens - as though the farmer or his labourer is checking it out before embarking on a job that could impact on our gardens.

Whilst I'm not naive enough to believe any farmer can or will arrange his schedule to accommodate neighbours all the time I would have thought that they do have some choice some of the time to control when their work will affect nearby residents. 

I'm wondering whether the psychology of an approach which seems to reflect a high expectation of him, eg of him being a reasonable man, might be worth trying before getting at loggerheads - at least that way he can't pretend you've upset him.

If that doesn't work you can always have a solicitor's letter as a Plan B.

Also, what about approaching your local parish council (or equivalent) by telephoning the Clerk of the Parish Council (or equivalent) for advice. These organisations exist for the local inhabitants but often have close ties with local farmers too. Depending how your particular local council works, that might be a way of getting advice and having more influence on the situation - especially if other residents have had similar problems.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 23:25

Norfolk: Been quite warm even to being pretty muggy for most of day.

Been weeding in very dry earth - loads of couch and ground elder 

Threatened rain but none came, so had to water everything - that'll do it !

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 22:11

Norfolk: Been dry all day, still breezy enough to dry out some of the pots I'm hardening off.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 23:25

Turned out nice - just like the morning promised.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 23:18

Planted out 10 snapdragons (Tutti Frutti) This evening.

Not sure whether they should be as thin and 'tendrily' as these are. They have put out a nice lot of new growth but seem a bit thin to support their own weight. Wonder whether they will a thicken up and straighten up with more space now for their roots.

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Posted: 16/06/2013 at 15:07

skyrunner: thank you so much for the trouble you've taken rummage,  photograph and generally explain how your your crazy paving path mould works. Yes, it will help when I decide where I might want to use it - I have a couple of ideas! 

Once in a while someone markets a really good idea and I think that was one of them.

I say 'was' because the good ideas often save shoppers money and therefore, I suspect, could lose custom for the specialist firms, thereby leading to pressure to discontinue the money saving good idea. I know it sounds cynical but I think it happens. I've never seen this product but maybe it's out there somewhere.

On a similar theme, I remember, Geoff Hamilton on GW many years ago, showing how he made garden 'rocks' from left over concrete mix. I tried it very successfully with my own twist. 

Basically, you just put the concrete into plastic bags, and roughly push them into any shape you want. My twist was to line the bags with bits of garden rubbish - old stalks, fern leaves, grass cuttings etc. Once the concrete has set, or partially set you can pull the bags off and enjoy the randomness of the unusual shapes and textures.

I found the organic elements weathered down, or wore away leaving quite naturalistic looking stones to build a 'rockery'. You just have to take care not to allow plants in contact too soon until the 'rocks' have leached out most of their residual cement ingredients.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 14:13

LeadF: tell me about it... Emptied more of last years pots yesterday, sieved out weeds and rubbish to fill up a wheelbarrow and off to the other side of garden to spread it over as a mulch... Then started to notice the ground elder where I wanted to put the spent compost... Then saw the couch grass, been so obvious for so long that I'd stopped noticing it, then realised the whole of the bed needed clearing properly before mulching... Doesn't it go on!? 

Ended up with an old back strain coming back from the extended stooping and decided to call it a day. Old compost is still in the barrow waiting for the weeding impulse to return. Mustn't complain, ( even though I know I will! ) - I really know the garden is a blessing even though the weeds seem like a curse .

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Posted: 16/06/2013 at 11:24

Skyrunner: I don't usually 'gush' about paths but yours is perfect for its position. What a brilliant idea! It appeals to the creative side of anyone who does not want to stay with rectangles. 

how did you get the nice rounded edges? Did you brush the concrete once it had half set? Also the colour isn't that bare white or grey that concrete often has - did you colour it in some way?

I bet a lot of us gardeners would be interested in doing the same. Do you remember the name of the product or was it just called something like 'path frame'? 

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