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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 10:42

Frozen again, -7°. Think my flower count is postponed until next year!


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 23:15

I saw Esio Trot too, then Quartet - 2 films I really enjoyed in one evening.


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 17:56

He looks so sweet. I hope he behaves himself in your lovely garden.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 17:54

It does, Wintersong.

Panda   My slugus giganticus are hibernating.

Haven't been able to do a proper count, the frost never melted, I'm in a frost pocket on the side of a hill. May I do it tomorrow?

DD, your Hellebore looks amazingly unfrosty.

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 11:32

I'm not doing New Year resolutions, I will just muddle along as usual doing what I can in my too big (my fault!) garden and coping with the weather and circumstances. Some of it will be lovely and some of it won't. Some veg will do well and some less well. But my OH will probably still tease me for being out there so much!

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 11:26


Been out again, still too frosty. Here are some of my poor little frozen violas and some frosty purple sage.


Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:58

Ever hopeful, if you start a new thread with a fruit tree title you may get more response as people will know what it's about. This is an old general thread that hasn't been used much recently. I have apples, geengages and cherries, pretty in spring and fruitful later, although some years are better than others.

Onion Advice Required

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:51

Have seen this on a BBC site "shouldn't be grown on freshly manured soil. Instead, dig over and manure the ground several months before planting. If the soil is acid it's worth liming it so its pH level becomes neutral or even slightly alkaline."  So that may answer your question about liming. Make sure manure is well rotted and applied some time before sowing or planting.

Have seen this on another site "Soil needs to be well-drained, loose, and rich in nitrogen; compact soil affects bulb development.

Till in aged manure or fertilizer the fall before planting. Onions are heavy feeders and need constant nourishment to produce big bulbs."

Onion Advice Required

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:40

I think a lot can depend on the weather. I live in Dordogne where it can be very hot in summer. However, I always manure the site in autumn and fertilise with organic granules when I prepare for planting. I rotovate the soil too, so that it is quite crumbly, my soil was clay but is much better now after years of manure. I know some on this site don't agree with rotovating, but my plot is big and it works well for me. I also water well in the growing period. My onions are big.

I had a friend who grew onions for shows in the UK and she used amazing amounts of fertiliser and water. I think if your plot is sloping with sandy free draining soil then there just aren't enough nutrients left in it. I know brassicas like firm soil, but I didn't think onions did.

Plum tree problem

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:31

I've never paint when cutting off suckers, but I usually cut them off in summer. They can be a nuisance and pop up some way from the trunk on shallow roots, but then my trees are all quite old now.

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