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Posted: 16/02/2014 at 15:38

Lovely day here and made the most of it.  Pruned the last of the clematis, cut the buddleia back hard, removed a lot of flowers stems which had carried seeds for the birds over winter, cut back the herbaceous peony leaves, moved a few young aquilegia from their nursery bed and did a bit of weeding.  Also did some pottering at last and noticed the delphiniums are through and about 2-4" tall - no sign of them last weekend so put some slug pellets down under raised slates near them.  Lots of snowdrops out, some daff about to bloom and zillions of other bulbs poking their little noses through.  

Also did a bit of planning - accidentally bought too many raspberry canes which came last week so decided they would replace the lavender by the path to the GH. That lavender is looking very, very sad - not a good winter for them in my clay soil.

The path to the GH is now almost completely bordered by soft fruit, so the journey will no doubt be a rather interrupted one later this year!  

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 22:54

That's the ideal, Mike.  However, some soils don't warm up fast enough to give a long enough growing season for some crops, so the choice is to either give nature a helping hand or not grow certain crops and I would miss the onions!

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 22:45

Setton for whites and red baron for reds, scroggin.  Both do well here but the reds do seem a bit slower to get going - I always start more than I need so the weakest don't make it to the beds.

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:09

Builders buckets are fine - I use those myself and also smaller 10" pots.  Do remember to drill a few holes in the bottom of the buckets though!

PS, I line the inside of all of my wooden planters with woven plastic ground control fabric which lets the soil breath and drain but prevents the soil from actually touching the wood.  Seems to help.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 13:56

It's a well-balanced, natural, slow-release fertilizer which is very gentle and doesn't burn the foliage or roots of plants like some of the chemical fertilizers do and it's relatively cheap.  What's not to like really?

It can indeed cause foxes and other carnivores/omnivores to dig the soil up where it is used though - I think they believe there is carrion buried in the area.  However, I don't see much of that at all here and lots of the aforementioned animals regularly visit my garden.


Apricot bush - when and where to plant

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 21:39

They are actually trees sthlndngrower but can be grown as bushes or fans etc.  A 5l pot would be way too small.  A 50cm diameter pot would be about right, which holds about 100 litres.  If you bought a 2 years old plant, I would expect fruit in about another 2 years.

Tattie planting

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 19:46

I use a method similar to what No expert does.

Grape Hyacinths

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 19:11

Me too, Verd!  I planted one of those muscari 'star' kits where you lay a paper star-shaped guide out on the ground and plant lots of bulbs at marked positions.  They still appear in that area even though I put down a sheet of weed membrane and built a raised bed on top of them 10 years ago!

forum thank you

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 18:54
Fluffy Cloud wrote (see)

 really anything that takes my fancy.


That's the essence of creating a cottage garden, Fluffy, so you won't go far wrong!


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 18:48

And don't forget to remove all of the old fallen rose leaves from under the bushes after you have pruned them.  Doing that helps slow the onset of black spot which I have a feeling is going to be a serious problem for many of us after all of this rain!

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

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