Bookertoo


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DOG WOODS

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:55

If you want to do this, and indeed it can be quite effective, you can always put the cuttings in the ground upside down, it solves the rooting problem!

Ideas wanted for feature pot.....

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:30

Big pot do not always need big plants - I have several enormous pots in the garden and often fill them with numerous little plants, the sheet effect can be very effective too.  It must be said I also have a very large indeed pot with an oak tree in it, but that is a whole 'nother story!

Garden Achievement

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:28

indeed Saltski, fresh produce from your own efforts beats just abut anything doesn't it.  We have a new baby cherry tree in the fruit cage, it looks very good with healthy buds - just one cherry this year would be a wonderful achievement.

late start,more advice please!!

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:23

Raised beds on the tarmac area seems a good idea, and alot less work than pickaxing it out!

Raised beds and pots will do well, they will have extra drainage and you can make them as deep as you like, with varying kinds of compost/soil to grow whatever it is that you want - blueberries for example. 

Slugs

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:19

I do hate slugs too, especially as I grow arge numbers of hostas, but I could no more chop them in half than fly!  I have found copper collars on pots helpful, some of the dry granular things help a bit, but grease on pots just doesn't do it - there is a wild life friendly slug pellet that works and doesn't seem to harm anything else.

Nematodea do work, are very expensive and such hard work to use, besides which, once your patch is clear, all the neighbours slugs move in so it doesn't last long as nature abhors a vaccuum!   I have been known to use them on a small area of ground I wanted clear for a while for a special reason, not tried them in my many pots yet, might consider that as the work in dilution and washing in may be slightly less - not at all sure about it though. 

Garden Achievement

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:12
' even though a lot of gardening is not so different to housework.', 
artjak,  I don't do housework outside in the fresh air, with the birds singng in my ears, the robin poking abut where I am working, the sun on my back or the rain on my head, so I personally think there is no comparison.  Actually, I don't do housework, or at least do as little as I can possibly get away with, and that is remarkably little! 

I didn't hit the bold button, so don't know why it has come out like this, and I have not been able to get it normal from the edit area either - apologies I am nt trying to shout at anyone!

How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:06

What on earth has 'should' got to do with anything ing ardening?  I don't do tidy, inside or out, lawn edges long ago disappeared under falling and 'leaking ' growth - lovely to see dark leafed celendine flowing out, ditto geraniums, pansies and whatever else decides to ooze out of the area I once thought they shoud occupy, to the areas they wish to occupy.  There are some things that can get a bit too energetci with it even for me, but bugle is easy enough to remove if I want to - and some of the places I have had snowdrops this year are incredible - I could not have planted them there.  Untidy? Yes. Delightful to my eyes and those of my famioly and friends -Yes - OK then, that will do for me too. 

DOG WOODS

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:02

I do tend to do mine slightly later than now, becausemof the chance of very cold weather yet.  Much dpends on where you live of course, as some areas will be milder than others.  April is usally my month for that kind of pruning, frosts after then tend not to be as hard or as long - so far anyway!

out of season plants

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 11:36

Just recently I have been poring over summer clatalogues, as I guess many of us have - and am faintly horrified, and very puzzled as to why anyone would want to buy summer flowering narcissi?  We all love narcissi in the Spring, such a lovely flower to end winter and get on with Spring, yellow, white, cream - perfumed.  Why then summer flowering?  Am I the only one who finds this wierd beyong anything?  There are other things grown out of season I know, but the daffodil advertisment just caught my eye and my mind today.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 11:23

Wwe will also have yesterdays left overs, or at least, I will - for lunch, will need to cook again for evening meal.  It was mushroom and pea risotto with white fish flakes, tasted very good  -  sad that we could not quite finish it all, but good for me as I get a lunch with no work attached. 

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