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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

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.


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.

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:41

I made a lavender hedge and I laid down a weed supressing, permeable fabric, cut crosses in it to plant the young lavenders then covered the fabric with forest bark. It has worked very well, kept the weeds away. But I know Verdun hates using weed supressing fabric!

Dry stone plants Ideas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:30

 Not my photo, though.

Sedums for rockeries work well too, they don't need much earth or water.

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 22:46

Allium, it could well be eleagnus, probably is. Dark photo and euonymus is similar.

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:38

For container - Clematis, but most lose their leaves in winter. 

I have a star jasmine in a big pot, trachelospermum jasminoides. I also have some climbing roses in big pots.

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 14:32

I can see all the photos on the links, but back garden is very dark, probably a bit too early in the day.

Now that I've seen the very small gap I don't think it would be wise to fill it as it may cause the fence to rot. Better to put troughs there instead with violas then bedding plants.

I think the mysterious plant could be a euonymus, there are several varieties, some just green, some with gold, some with silver. Good, easy evergreen, nice in with Christmas wreaths and decoration greenery.

Raised Bed Under Plum Tree?

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 09:18


I have daffodils around a greengage tree. One greengage tree fell over a few years ago in the gales, it's lying on the ground but, amazingly didn't die. Last year I made a bed around it, I added a lot of compost and rotted manure. One end is shade where the branches are and the other end is sunny. It was quite possible to plant between the roots, there weren't many in the way. The tree seems to like the soil enrichment because it send out new shoots, and had a crop of greengages.

This is it in June, the anchusa went a bit mad, twice as tall as it said on the label!

Funny, the pic has gone on top!

About raised beds for veg. If they are raised then you won't be digging and disturbing the roots. The compost and earth will be on top. The more important thing is that they have enough sun and the tree doesn't cast too must shade over the beds.

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