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Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 19:05
GemmaJF wrote (see)

I've started mine in a word document this year. I tried a spreadsheet last year but didn't keep it up-to-date for very long. I've gone much more visual in the word document and paste any useful articles or add links etc. 

So far it is a diagram of my veg plot from last year and the plan for rotation this year. Then I've listed each daily job I've done.

When I get my seeds sorted out I will put down the sowing and estimated harvest times for each month and see how that works out.

Not sure how to upload a file directly to a forum post, but would be happy to post it up if there is a way.


Word is a good bet as it is likely to still be around in 10 years and the files can be read by lots of other software.  It's important to consider this aspect as gardening-specific software is rarely well maintained and when you need to get a new computer it is often incompatible with new operating systems, so you end-up losing everything.  Mine is still all in a book-bound notebook but it's rather tatty now!


Grow your own beer...

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 18:52

Do read up on growing hops Fruitcake as they can quickly overwhelm a garden.  You can get some smaller varieties which only grow to 10ft (3m) but most will happily grow to 15-20ft (5-7m) or more!

Parsnip problems!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 18:36

Could be any of the above, with too rich a soil being high on my list of suspects.  Parsnips definitely need to be sown in-situ and will deform like those in the photo if transplanted from seed trays etc., as Mark says.  I would never buy root crops in plug form for that reason.

When I grow them in raised beds, it's in a 50/50 mixture of sharp sand and multi-purpose compost with fish, blood and bone fertiliser tickled into the surface a few weeks after they have started growing strongly.  That method has never failed me yet (perfect for carrots, too.)

plum tree or pear tree?!

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 01:51

I agree, pear trees can be rather picky and are prone to disease so I would opt for a plum.  One of the best is 'Victoria' which would be quite appropriate for you, Victoria!

Help - what animals are in my peace lily?

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 01:48

They are the coverings from the seeds which fall from the flowers so nothing to worry about at all.  The actuals seeds are black in colour.  See this photo:

Tree help

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 17:30

I'd also certainly have that felled as it looks dangerously off-balance to me and could come down in a gale.  Look at it as a chance to plant a new tree (or three!)

fragrant flowers

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 21:30

One of the prettiest is the easy to grow Petunia.  The trailing 'Surfinia' varieties are widely available as plugs or you can grow from seed if you want a bit more of a challange.  They smell wonderful and give excellent displays in pots or hanging baskets etc.

Night stock (Matthiola bicornis) is possibly the most fragrant plant which is easy from seed but is rather bland looking.

One of my favourites from seed is Zaluzianskya capensis which open in the evening and release a magnificent and unique scent.

Happy New Year

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 00:06

Happy New Year everyone!


Seamless/tightly butted patio joints - how to grout?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 14:51

Greg, you can get kiln-dried fine sand for just that purpose and simply brush it in when the weather is dry.  Here a link to the Wickes version:


Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 12:43

Hi Pauline, peas can be a bit disappointing crop wise, often even when grown in the ground.  If you like climbing (French) beans, you may well get a more useable crop when grown in pots.  Even if not, the flowers are very pretty and come in various shades including red, white and purple.  The Victorians used to grow beans purely for the flowers and it is only in more recent times that we started to grow them mainly as a food crop.

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