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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:24

Got the seedlings transplanted which are now sitting in the heated bench for a few days while the overnight temps are forecast to be dodgy.  About 10 varieties of tomato, 2 types of chilli, 4 types of pepper and 'showpiece' and 'giant' dahlias:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40015.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Still plenty to go though:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40016.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40017.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40018.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

and I've 2/3rds of my seeds still to sow!

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:32

Hi Loganberry, blackbirds build a new nest each time they raise a brood, so they will be about somewhere and I'm sure they know where the good pickings are when it comes to feeding the babies, so they'll be back visiting you.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ashplorers/news/2010/2/

 

Convert grass to gravel/chippings

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:40

I recommend using a layer of landscape fabric on top of the weed control fabric as the latter can be fairly easily pierced by sharp gravel etc and the woven landscape stuff will protect it from that.  It won't cost a lot more but will ensure the areas stay weed-free for many more years than weed fabric alone.

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:32

Getting through about 1.5 litres of bird seed a day now - the two 25kg sacks (mixed &  sunflower hearts) I bought a few weeks ago are now half empty!   Making new baby birdies is obviously using a lot of energy!  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:26

Morning all.  Lots of seedlings to pot up and transfer to the conservatory today (toms, peppers, chillies and dahlias.)  Really need to start preparing the spud plot too which still has nets from last year's brassicas covering it but that requires extra clothing as I'm a bit nesh myself today!  

Garden lighting.

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 18:54

Just a reminder that artificial light of any kind at night is a form of pollution and is bad for wildlife.  Sorry if I sound like a damp squib but this is something I feel strongly about and the facts are not as well known as they should be:

http://www.darksky.org/assets/documents/PG2-wildlife-bw.pdf

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=artificial+light+at+night+bad+for+wildlife

 

 

Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 00:23

I wouldn't bother with the vermiculite in the raised bed.  Together with all of the other ingredients you mention it would make for a very light weight growing medium making it difficult to grow many vegetables, especially brassicas.  I would suggest that 800l of good quality topsoil (or the pre-mixed topsoil/mushroom compost you mention) and 100l of composted farm yard manure (as supplied in bags by garden centres etc) would make a good basic soil suitable for the majority of vegetables.

Agapathus

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:29

Keeping young agapanthus plants in pots for at least the first few years will get them flowering quicker.  I grow Headbourne Hybrids (from seed and then from self-produced seed) and they are as tough as old boots, but they do usually lose all top growth in the Winter.  One of them doesn't though - natural variation (they are hybrids after all.)  Whether they are evergreen or not depends on where you are.  Once they become large plants and are planted into borders, do be aware that they can be quite thuggish with thick fleshy roots which reach far beyond the top growth and can 'mug' nearby plants.  I have removed some of my larger ones because of this and now recommend they are grown in pots unless you have a large garden and can let them do their thing.

Having said that, there are a lot of other cultivars - take a look at Woottens who carry a large range and have good descriptions.

Need advice on Cauliflowers please!

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 21:31

Hi connie, Yes, it'll be fine.  FB&B is a gentle slow-release fertiliser and won't react badly with the lime, which lowers acidity (this helps to release nutrients in acid soil) and helps prevent club-root disease.  Hopefully you put the lime down in the winter?

Need advice on Cauliflowers please!

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:30

Cauliflowers are one of the hardest veg to grow well, so don't be too downhearted if some of them don't produce good heads.  Transplant the young plants to their final positions when they have 5 true leaves, give them plenty of space  and bury them up to the lowest leaf, firming the ground well around the roots and stem.  Adding fish, blood and bone to the soil at planting time will help, after which they need plenty of nitrogen, so regular feeding with home made nettle tea will really help, too.  Don't forget to fleece or net them to prevent the cabbage white butterfly.  Good luck!

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