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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:03

Another lovely day and lots of work done.

Four rows of potatoes planted and 40 broad bean plants in.  I'm trying a new method (for me) and planted the broad beans in the gaps between the rows of potatoes, with the idea being that the beans will be finished by the time the potato haulms get tall.  Some say the bean roots also help supply some nitrogen for the spuds, but we'll see.  The beans have been grown in root trainers and I'm really impressed with the result - healthy roots about 8 inches long so I'll be using them for my runners this year, too, to avoid the usual problem with the roots going round and round in the bottom of the pots.

Potted up 30 Bishop's Children dahlias which were sown a few weeks ago in a deep tray and are all about 4-5 inches tall now.  Boy, do they grow fast!

Finally, planted the squash seeds in modules on the heated bench.

Tomato seedlings no leaves

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 19:45

I once had a mouse in the potting shed 3 or 4 years ago and it nipped the tops off of most of my tomato seedlings, leaving them looking exactly how you describe yours..

Indestructible weeds

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 14:45

It's ground elder.  Treat them with a glyphosate based weedkiller but you MUST then wait until the tops have died down completely (about 6 weeks) or the weedkiller will not have translocated to the roots, which is the bit you really need to kill.  Covering the ground won't help - I found a mat of roots under weed membrane which had been down 10 years!

The most effective time to spray is when they are growing strongly and just about to flower.

They will come back but weaker and if you keep it up you will eventually be rid of it, as long as it isn't coming in via a neighbouring property.

Earthing up spuds with grass clippings

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:30

Yes, as long as you haven't used any products like weedNfeed on your lawn.

Planting strawberries - do they have to be in rows?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:12

I plant mine with about a 30cm gap between plants and about the same 45cm you mention between rows and get good crops.  I think the larger spacings often quoted are probably what farmers use and is a bit excessive for the average garden.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 12:00

Just seen a few butterflies - orange-tip, brimstone and a small tortoiseshell.  Fetched camera, all gone of course!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 20:27

Planted 3 newly arrived climbing roses, put 3 more in temporary pots.  Potted-on 48 tomato plants.  Planted out half a dozen pots each of brodiaea and allium moly.  Refilled the greenhouse borders with a mixture of compost and well-rotted FYM.  Did some weeding and discovered one of the hoses needs replacing.  Also squeezed in bit of pottering and general enjoying of the garden then pricked out about 100 seedlings of various things.  Worn out now but looking forward to a similarly busy day tomorrow! 

Courgettes in raised bed

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 16:19

Too early to plant out - don't risk that until all danger of frosts have gone.  I would keep re-potting them into a slightly larger pots when their roots reach the edge of their current pot until then.  They make big plants - up to about a metre across so would only put one in there but you might get away with two side-by-side if you let them hang over the edge and can keep up with the watering.

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:46

Fingers crossed Lolla!

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:12

Simple - you should never use concentrated feed without diluting it.  Basically, you have poisoned them.

However, if you flush the plants with lots and lots of water they may recover.

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