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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:43

I added rotted manure when I prepared the bed, but haven't fed since.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:41

Now seen Berghill's reply too. They were nice if picked very young and watered a lot, I think the warmth here helped them to grow quickly so they were tender. But if picked too late they were stringy and horrible.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:37

I'm not growing asparagus peas this year as they need so much picking and watering, but I'm growing mange tout peas which did really well last year and are great in stir fries. They froze well too. I also grow Kelvedon Wonder, much the sweetest and most reliable. Easily available here too. My mother used to dip her peas in paraffin to stop the mice eating them.

My Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:01

Do you have somewhere light and warm to keep the seeds when they have germinated into little plants? I don't start sowing yet, there may be a lot of horrid weather to come and plants can get weak and leggy while waiting.

Best Roses

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:57

I agree, there are so many that it's difficult to choose. I love David Austin roses with big flowers and wonderful scent. Have you seen his website?

http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/advanced.asp

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:53

Hello Wendy.

I'm lucky enough to have a big garden, but I have pots on the terraces around the house. I'm growing winter pansies, violas (which are flowering now), bulbs, double daisies and wallflowers. In late May these will be past their best and I plant up the pots with summer bedding. I also have large pots with roses, clematis, a star jasmine, a golden philadelphus and a dwarf rhododendron.

Violas should still be on sale in garden centres now, also primroses, for some colour until it's warm enough for summer plants.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:43

I have grown asparagus peas. If the weather is dry they do need a lot of watering. I live in Dordogne and one hot summer they weren't worth the effort. However, they are delicious if you pick them small and young, only about an inch long. You eat the whole pod. I grew them in the ground. The flowers are very pretty. But I don't soak any of my pea seeds and they always germinate. Just keep the soil damp.

Lunar Gardening

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:37

I've never tried it, but when we first moved to France our neighbour, the local farmer's wife was very keen. Then she said that my veg was doing better than hers and my tomatoes were earlier and she couldn't understand why. But there must be something in it as the older French are very for it. But I think the weather has a lot to do with it.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:32

Morning all. Horrible outside today, raining, cold 1°. If it gets colder we'll have snow. Must look at the forecast.

Been reading your blog Clari, great stuff, how do you get time? I expect the pond looks smaller now it's in. I think it looks about the right size for the space.

Hope you feel better today puncdoc.

My Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:55

Lovely, Tracey. I think LeadFarmer has given some good advice. Most plants grow on most soils, but some are acid or alkali loving, but you don't have to use them if you want to keep it simple. As LF said, dig in compost and rotted manure, if you can get it, along the hedge. There are a lot of plants that grow in dry shade, have a look with "Google", not such bright colours, but some have lovely leaves.

If it were my garden I'd be digging up some of the lawn, you will have to be very nice to your OH! I also feed my beds more than I feed the lawn! But don't overfeed as you will get more leaves than flowers. I use organic fertilisers.

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