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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:11

Moved a young Witch Hazel (Diane) which I decided was planted in the wrong place and replaced it with a Daphne (Eternal Fragrance) near the front door.  Dug out a rather too rampant Jasmine (stephanense) which hardly ever flowered from a large planter and replaced it with a fig (if something is going to make me keep hacking it back, it needs to earn it's keep!)  Raised one of my veg beds by about 5 inches (width of a decking plank) so the spent compost from the greenhouse borders would be contained and moved that from one side of the GH to the bed.  Pruned a few roses while catching my breath and weeded a couple of bucketfuls of creeping buttercup from various places while being followed by a Robin and a couple of dunnocks.  Took a few more breaths admiring all the different types of crocus I planted a couple of years ago and watched the bluetits, goldfinches, greenfinches, coaltits and sparrows attacking the feeders while I had a deserved cup of tea.  Wonderful day!  

Seed sowing in the pottng shed tomorrow, while my back recovers!

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 13:25

Blueberries like a high-nitrate feed so nettle tea is good for them Zoomer.  I also use an ericaceous feed which contains sequestered iron.

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 09:52

Yep, I'd go with crocus too.  With the gravel, I'd use a regular liquid feed while they are in leaf and mark the clumps.  After the leaves have died back I'd dig them up, scrape the gravel back and improve the soil before replanting, if you want to keep them in that area.


Posted: 06/03/2015 at 19:09

It's probably a combination of both eelworm and keeled slugs - a 'deadly duo' when it comes to spuds!

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 19:07

Nettle tea is pretty high in nitrates so good for leafy things.  A more balanced one is comfrey tea which works better on fruit and flowers.  Both are very good though and if you don't have comfrey you can also use a high-potash fertiliser on your fruit & flowers in addition to the nettle feed. 


Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:54

It looks like keeled slug damage (and I know that well, unfortunately!)  I often find other creatures then get in via the holes.  I also use nematodes but keeled slugs still remain in my soil, although damage is reduced.  These varieties are resistant to keeled slugs in my experience:  Kestrel (2nd early and v.tasty), Pink Fir Apple (maincrop) and Sarpo Mira (maincrop), so suggest growing those to your client.

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Posted: 05/03/2015 at 22:03

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Posted: 05/03/2015 at 00:03

I'd also go with the pressure washer.  Note that mosses are in a completely different family to most plants, so standard weedkillers will have little or no effect, as you have found.  Ferrous Sulphate (Sulphate of Iron) solution is a relatively innocuous moss killer (it's the active ingredient in lawn moss treatments) and a spray of a solution of that after power-washing the paths should help delay the moss in returning.  A1kg tub costs under 10 pounds and will treat several hundred square metres.

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:56
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I have a theory that the world is held together by bindweed and if we kill it all we'll go flying off into space

Don't worry nut - I'm sure all the ground elder roots will still hold the world together!

New hedge

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:53

If you can still find bare-root hedging plants, buy and plant them asap as the season for those is roughly November to end of February, so virtually over.  Otherwise you will have to buy potted shrubs which will work out considerably more expensive, but potted plants can be planted at any time of the year.  The most important thing is to keep them well watered for the first year, whatever you buy.

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