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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 15:48

Cut the leaves off of the hellebores as flower buds just emerging.  Also pulled some ivy up which had trailed over the beds from the native hedge.  Lots more of that to do!

Last edited: 17 December 2016 15:48:33

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 10:49

Looks like those elves are planning a break-in, Logan!

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 17:50

On a recent nature programme, it was mentioned that lots of birds that we call resident actually do migrate but the migration may be by only a few tens of miles further south.  They are then replaced by birds from a few miles further north.  Even robins and blackbirds do it, if I recall correctly so the ones you have in summer in your garden may not be the same ones you had in winter.

Advice on planting hedge

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 22:40

There's some excellent advice on this site:

They say 75cm apart for a dense hedge.  You will need to prepare the planting holes properly and feed and water them well for the first 2 years, so it will be a fair bit of work but this would apply to any kind of hedge if you want it to establish well.  After that it would be mainly just pruning with a feed every few years.

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 19:53

Scab on potatoes is caused by a bacterium in the soil and is worse in alkaline soils.  Lime is often added to multi-purpose compost to reduce the natural acidity.  The chances are that the seed potatoes you used were already carrying some bacteria and the compost you used this year just happened to have more lime in it than usual.  I would buy your seed potatoes from another supplier next year and use a different brand of compost.  The chances are they'll be fine.

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 15:14

Love your tree too, LB!

dormant plant id

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 14:00


Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 13:52


Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 12:14

Stage 1:

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 11:47

Here's mine right now:

I've just put the lights up in the front garden and will be doing the (rather ancient!) fake tree next while the OH is at the hairdressers.  I'll post more photo's when it's complete!

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