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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 21:07

Finally got my brassicas planted out but it took longer to put up the netting than it did to plant them.  It's compulsory to net around here otherwise the woodpigeons decimate them while your back is turned!

Several types of cauli, cabbage & broccoli, chosen to mature at different times.

Last edited: 07 May 2017 21:09:52

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 20:58

Spotted an all white butterfly today and thought it was a small white and followed it until it landed when it almost disappeared due to its camouflage!  It's a female Orange Tip which (confusingly) doesn't have orange tips to the wings - only the male has those:

I saw a male a few days ago - let's hope they get together!

Improving Clay Soil

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 16:09

I would go with well-rotted manure and grit every time.  If you can't find a local supplier of manure (local newspaper is always worth a look), the grosure 50l bagged manure is good stuff and available for delivery from places like wickes.  Put down at least 4 inches to make a worthwhile difference.

Plant identification

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 16:02

They are alliums but difficult to say which as I can't judge the size.  If they are smallish then they could be chives which have red-ish buds before they open to a purple flower.

Have we lost these shrubs?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:45

I think they are viburnums and suffering from a severe attack of viburnum beetle.  See here for advice from the RHS:

As I try not to use any chemicals, my vote would be to remove them and replace with something else,  looking upon it as a planting opportunity!

Potted tulips

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:31

Snap, Fairy!

Potted tulips

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:31

There's a good chance of them coming back next year but there'll probably be fewer of them.  You need to keep feeding and watering them now to build the bulbs up for next year until the leaves naturally die back.  At that point you can move them to somewhere out of the way which is relatively dry (by a house wall under the eaves is good.)

Should it stay or should it go?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:25

I agree with the others and would remove it as it definitely spoils the 'feel' of that area.

Silverskin Onions Overwintered

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:22

Onions are biennial Amanda, growing the bulb in the first year and then flowering and seeding in the second, so I think they are a lost cause, unfortunately.

Patchy garden thanks to Builders

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:16

Best to dig the sand into the soil beneath before putting more topsoil on top.

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