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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:19

My GH also unheated but once out of the wind it feels really warm. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 17:15

Isn't it so much nicer in the greenhouse, Janet? Certainly is here in Norfol where it's been a much colder day ...

...but used the best two and half hours of the day clearing a bed for replanting. Lots of forking, bending, sorting and sieving then trips to the garden refuse bin. Backs aching but pleased with progress, albeit slow compared with other posters' achievements. 

Saved these to put back  in better places...

 But can't remember what they are; they give red berries.

And dug up these strange looking roots...

 Anyone know what they are. Could they be Delphiniums? I know we had some.

If I cant identify them as reusable they are for the bin.

Plant Identification please

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 21:32

This thread has brought  an unexpectedly large response and some useful info  - thank you all posters.

I was thrilled two years ago when these lovely blue flowers appeared to further enhance the same part of garden where the apple was out in full blossom; it's such a shame that they have proved to be thugs and have taken over the ground. With what everyone here has said I reckon they've got to go, hopefully along with every bit of grape hyacinth I can get.  

I'm interested to hear I've got toadflax and didn't know it (I felt no pain! ) - I'll probably keep it in a pot for a while to see how it ends up - I'm going to need something tall at the back of a border I'm revamping.

Plant Identification please

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:31

Sorry daydaisy, our posts crossed.

Do you mean the single plant in my 2nd photo?

Plant Identification please

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:27

Thankyou Nut - I knew I had bluebells in previous years but didnt realise they would proliferate so much.

Am I right our native bluebells are not quite so rampant?

Am I also best advised to scop them out to avoid future problems?

Plant Identification please

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 19:45

I'm clearing a number of beds and have found hundreds of these bulbs have taken up residence.

 Each year I clear the grape hyacinth the best I can but the top growth of these doesn't  quite look the same - the leaves seem sturdier - so I dont want to just reject them in car they are something more desirable but I have already filled one wheelbarrow with them and there's three times as many waiting to be dug out of other beds. Any ideas, comments, recommendations please. 

And heres a different 'intruder' that appeared at the end of last season and I thought I'd leave to see what happened. Again, any ideas what it is please?


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 15:45

Today I took the black membrane off my veg patch.

About four years ago it was lawn which never did well being under a Norfolk Pine but after digging over each year and trying unsuccessfully in different years to grow potatoes beans and onions I got fed up with the weeds that kept invading so I cleared it and covered it for the winter. 

The soil is absolutely wonderful - easy to dig and every spadeful crumbled with a firm tap.

 Dug in a bit more manure and compost and planted two rows of First Early "Rocket" potatoes. Let's hope I'll have better luck this year. - the soil has got to be better than past years. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 20:23

Been clearing a weedy patch this week. Want to fill it with shrubs but still a lot to do first.

Then had to go shopping for stuff to repair a leaking hot tap...

...found myself going home with four lovely Hebes (£7.95 each from QD)three packets of 'cottage garden' type seeds and a windowsill propagator! 

Wind too cold to do anything once I got home so in for rest of day.

RIP Terry Pratchett

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 23:24

Thanks for this thread KEF. I'm trying to work out how to adequately express just how important Terry Pratchett's writing has been to me but I can't: my words just don't have the right power, but I must try...

The term that comes to mind first is belly laughs. Whilst his stories reference the full range of emotions, the numerous laugh-out-loud moments I experienced over the years actually helped me get through the day so often that I think they kept me healthier than otherwise might have been the case.  

This was also because, in spite of the improbability of the wonderfully storylines he created, the characters inhabiting his fantasy worlds always seemed completely authentic: we could identify with their feelings and motivations - and dare I say it - even even be inspired by them!  

In addition to being a very funny writer he was also a very moral person: this comes through his books loud and clear. I look forward to reading his last book when it comes out and shall miss all the new ones he will no longer be able to give us.



Posted: 26/02/2015 at 23:05

I would agree that the G/H ridge should run from East to West to maximise the sun's effectiveness as it strikes the long South facing length of the slanted roof.

Also - assuming you have a neighbour's house on the other side of the fence - position the greenhouse near the fence rather than near your house: ie as close to halfway as possible between the two houses to avoid the house shadows as long as possible in morning and evening. This maximises the length of time the sun can reach the greenhouse.

Also, remember to leave enough room between fence and g/h so you can treat the fence with preserver every year or two. (Sorry if that advice was a bit obvious but I know at least two neighbours who made that mistake!)

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