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My first year in the vegetable garden

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 09:30

Well its the first spring in my new house and I have got the veg garden sorted out.


In the foreground are my potatoes, garlic and some rhubarb.

Next bed has more potatoes (yet to spout), beets and some space. Beyond that sunflowers, sweat peas and lettuce.

left has beans, some in some still in greenhouse, brussels, peas, radish, and parsnips.

At the back is my Raspberry patch and far left back black and red currants.

Still woking out out to net the raspberry patch as its quite large. I managed to net the peas and currants yesterday but a few holes so may lose a few!

Garlic- rookie error!

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 22:09
I planted in October and thought I would try and see if they were ready. They were not just like a leek!

I have three types and the leaves have a slight yellowing so maybe next month for me.

black spots on bush

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 14:29

 Anyone know what this is and is it treatable?

over crowding

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 14:28






I have a rather overcrowd border mainly a result of vigorous bushes. The main culprits seem fro be the green/white bush and the red/gold ones.

As you can see i have started to cut back and dig out. 

Do you think I should remove the bushes altogether or cut back to old wood and start again keeping them under control.

The one in the second pic it too close to that rather old rose.

Patchy & Bumpy Grass!

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 19:32


Firstly work our where the shady areas are make them patio/border etc no point trying to grow grass against a north facing fence for example.

Once you know where to have the lawn then my advice would be to top dress, you won't need much for that space just rake it over to make the lawn level, not too deep as you will kill the grass you have, then oversees the bald patches, i would use a good ratio and then leave for 2 months or so make sure you water and it will be fine.

Checkout for more lawn advice.

GArden Fork Recommendation

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 20:18

I seem to go through garden Forks at a rate of knots. My latest is a joseph Bentley Model which now has only 3 prongs.

I love the design of it with the wooden handle but it obviously is made from cheap steal. 


Anyone recommend a good one I don't mind paying top whack if it lasts more than a year!


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 16:00

i got some lawn seed and feed was all fine and fair price.


Any advice on hand-push lawnmowers?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 14:30

Well my Webb H12R just arrived.

It comes in a small box and it is fairly easy to assemble. The Grass box is a bit flimsy and tends to fall off if you tip the machine forward.

My first run was rubbish and so was the second and third. The reason I have discovered is two fold. Firstly my grass was slightly damp so the machine tended to skid. Secondly its too long.

After I had cut the grass with my petrol mower I found it fine to use and gave nice stripes. The problem is who wants to cut grass that is already cut!

I brought this machine to cut the small rows between my veg patch. I am going to have to get it cut very short with a spare flymo I have, (petrol mower won't fit) and then hopefully it should work fine on a little and often basis.

With regard the grass box, you probably won't need it as the grass will already be quite short when you cut it. I guess its really designed for ornamental fine lawns.

I'll try and report back in a few weeks and see how I am progressing. 

When to dig it all up

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:51

I have a large Forget-me-knot bed which self seeded. It still looks nice with a few bluebells but looking at the 'what to do now' section in gardeners World it said time to clear them.I do want to plant a hardy annual bed and its getting late to sow.

Shame it will look like mud for a month though.

Any other ideas?



A couple of plant I.D's please

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 16:59




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Rhs plant shop

Is this a rip off? 
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plant IDS

Idi think its a weed? 
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Bargins on the high street

great discounts on garden stuff 
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garden help

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californian poppy spotting

Spotting my seedlings 
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My first year in the vegetable garden

allotment photo 
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black spots on bush

ID Please 
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over crowding

what to cut back in overcrowded border 
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Last Post: 06/05/2014 at 14:28

GArden Fork Recommendation

Its broken again! 
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When to dig it all up

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Beech hedges

When do they go green 
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plant IDS

Perennial flower bed and Ground Elder 
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bay tree pruning

making a huge lollypop 
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pruning shrubs for growth

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