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Camera Corner

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:41

Took these yesterday of the first signs of life in the two new raised beds I built last autumn.  There are about half a dozen crocus varieties and about the same in mini-daffs, some of which aren't showing yet: 

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and some crocus in half of an old recycled water butt outside the shed in the back garden:

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Damaged water butt

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:12

Also, a repair done on the inside will be infinitely better than one done to the outside because the water pressure will push against the inner repair 'patch' and actually help seal it, whereas one done on the outside will have to fight against the pressure so will completely rely on the 'stickiness' of the substance used to effect the repair.  More difficult to apply though unless you (or a little helper) can squeeze inside to do it.  Trillium is right about cleanliness - whatever you try, empty and clean the butt before allowing it to dry in a shed etc for a few days.  Any dampness in the crack area will ruin any attempted repair.

ID Please

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 13:05

Hi Alan, I've run it through some free software (Irfanview) and auto-adjusted the colours to try and make it a bit clearer:

 

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Could it be an olive?  If not, then I agree with Dove - a willow of some kind.  If you didn't add the support Alan, then it must be something bought in rather than blown-in!

Need plant I-D please.

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 17:51

The finely leaved one coming up everywhere looks like self-seeded love-in-a-mist (Nigella.)  You can ust pull it up from where you don't want it, but it's a very attractive cottage-garden annual.

Top soil

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:57

Hi Barbara, yes, it's best to do it now before you start planting.  If you can lay your hands on (not literally of course!) some well-rotted manure and dig this in well to the topsoil it will provide many years of nutrients for your plants.  You can even buy this ready bagged from garden centres and online these days.  If you can't find any, then get some fish, blood and bone fertilizer and fork this in using the dosage recommended on the packet.  That also lasts a long time but you will need to sprinkle a bit over the top of the soil each spring to keep everything happy (in fact, do that even if you add the manure after the first year as plants in raised beds do tend to use up the available goodness pretty quickly.)  

Attacking pampas

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:49

That location sounds great, Sue!  It will provide excellent cover for any wildlife visiting the pond (not many predators will venture into it due to the sharp edges of the blades) and it will provide some shade which should help keep algae levels down in the pond.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:52

What do you call a lady horse race enthusiast who is still wearing her Ascot flower covered hat at Christmas?

A seed head!  

Attacking pampas

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:14

Hi Sue, you don't need to do much to them while they're young other than removing any of the outer 'blades' when they begin to die or look untidy, and the old flowering stems in the spring.  If you have a large garden then they can look great when they reach full size (often 6 feet or more across at the base) but can overwhelm a small garden and are really tricky to remove once they reach a metre diameter at the base.  I had to remove one of that size about 5 years ago (using a chainsaw) and the 'stump' is still there, but (very) slowly rotting underneath the clematis I grew over it to hide it.. 

How to space climbers

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:37

Absolutely - I make new mistakes all of the time!  As one gains experience all it really means is that we have a larger number of past mistakes which we (hopefully) can remember in order to avoid repeating them in the future!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:27

Certainly are, FG!  Just found the single A4 sheet and there are only 6 words in total: "Set up greenhouse as below illustration".  Hmm, there is nothing below the illustration..

Luckily, I've always been able to build "flat-pack" type things without needing instructions which is a good job as It's a matter of having to in in this case!

 

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