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Posted: 24/11/2015 at 19:03

I seem to have quite a lot of worms, especially when the weather is wet, but the rotovator is much better at getting the muck in and the tilth fine. I know some people on this forum are against them, but I have a very big garden and need all the help I can get.

How to design a flower bed

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:53

I would mug up on plants and the conditions they like and the heights of them from books and Google but not plant anything until Spring. Conifers make soil dry and remove goodness from it. Have you dug in lots of compost and manure?

Draw out plans of your bed and choose plants you like, putting the shade lovers in the shadier places, taller plants and shrubs at the back. Don't put everything of the same height together, triangle shapes look better.

Then in the spring the Garden centres will have much more choice and you will be more knowledgeable. Also less risk of plants dying in winter cold and wet.



Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:45

I have covered my veg plot with horse manure which I rotovate in in the spring. I have horses so I have a lot of manure, but it's full of hay and weed seeds so means a lot of weeding. The plot was thick clay 20 years ago and now it's heaps easier to work with.

If manure is well rotted you can put it on roses before winter or in Spring. I feed my roses in Spring with rose fertiliser as well and again after flowering.


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:36

Glad your TV is mended, Dove.

Have had a horsey afternoon, grooming and putting a rug on Archie. Hannah is like a woolly bear, and overweight, so she hasn't got a rug. She sweats in them. Not sure what to do with her now she's retired, she's a food thief and a greedy piggy. Have also mended some electric fences in the winter paddock where they will be going in December.


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:32

The above comment that Edd mentioned has now been deleted. It wasn't a kind comment, just in case anyone wonders. I was a bit shocked, not a regular poster on this thread.



Posted: 24/11/2015 at 13:39

What an adorable puppy, Pam.


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 08:52

Morning all. Big frost -5°

Sorry about your uncle Panda. I hope it's an easy journey to Scotland, no snow.

Thanks for dropping in punkdoc, we were a bit worried. I hope your wife finds a job she is happier with.


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 08:42

I find that if I leave them on the trees the birds eat them.

Overwintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 08:41

When I used to overwinter pelargoniums they always shed leaves and went yellow with the shock of being dug up. I used to cut back, but only lightly. I don't keep them in the greenhouse as it's not heated in winter and gets too cold. The place where I kept them indoors is now full of other stuff and they got a moth with green caterpillers that ate them so I've given up with keeping pelargoniums. But I did it for about 15 years.

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 17:55

But I am a bit Scottish and my brother lives there!

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