Busy-Lizzie


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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 17:35

Welcome back Topbird.

Lovely day, I've been gardening.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 17:07

Warm sunny day.

Washed greenhouse shelves and put up the temporary shelving on trestles for my plug plants which should arrive this week. Put out the heated mat, turned on the heated cable in sand, plugged in the 3 electric propagators and the little electric heater and put all my baby plants from last month and last week's sowing in the GH. They had been on window sills but some started going a bit leggy.

Planted out mangetout peas, sown 1 month ago and sowed some more directly in the earth in veg garden.

Then finished weeding the kitchen terrace beds, and swept a lot of twigs off the paving, fallen off the lime tree.. Kitchen terrace is 15m x 15m.

Planted out some violas and 3 erysimums in the greengage bed.

plants on a balcony

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 10:22

I water the pots on my terrace every day in summer when it's hot here in SW France.

You should be able to plant exotics and Mediterranean plants then, like banana plants, agave, cannas, bamboo. Or certain grasses, lavender, small leafed hebes.

Makes sure the balcony can bear the weight and watering won't leak onto anyone else's property. I you make something like a roof garden you may need planning permission.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 09:29

Morning all. Looks like being a lovely day.

Came home from daughter's last night.

My email notifications seem to have stopped. Bother.

Lovely well, DD. A wrought iron gate or fence piece would look nice but may be too pricey.

plants on a balcony

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 09:22

A lot of pot plants would be suitable, it depends on your taste. Do you like colourful annuals or calm greens and evergreens? Modern or cottagy?

There are several useful sites about balcony gardening, like this one.

http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/25-charming-balcony-gardens/ 

Crop rotation

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 09:16

One word of warning - I wouldn't put tomatoes close to potatoes. They are the same family and both are prone to the same blight, so if one gets blight then the other is likely to.

I put perpetual spinach with beetroot and lettuces last year and they did well. That soil had been manured in the autumn.

Plant the sweet corn in a block, not a row, it makes fertilisation easier.

work in progress

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 23:51

Thought I'd seen it before. I've been to Kalami and Kassiopi, but years ago. Went to Corfu with first (late) husband for our honeymoon and went again when daughter was small. Loved it. Saw it on TV recently, much more built up. We stayed in Nissaki.

Montana clematis

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 23:18

I tie my unruly bits of clematis to their supports with green garden twine, very gently. It's older shoots will be brown.

Weeds for compost? ????

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 22:40

Please don't, one may escape into someone's garden! Burn them, horrid things, I hate them. They disappear under my stone walls and come out when I'm not looking. Destroyed my asparagus bed.

First time allotment owner in need of advise :)

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 22:37

Baza has worked really hard on his plot, has his own thread a bit like a blog.

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