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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

vegetables and horse manure

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 10:24

I'm lucky enough to have horses. I leave the manure to rot for a year and put it all over the veg garden in the autumn. But I don't grow carrots. I had heavy clay, but years later, it's almost loam. Only problem is horses live out with field shelters where they eat hay. Manure from mucked out shelters full of weed seeds from hay and grazing that survive being digested and left to rot!

Compost

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 09:59

A lot of the composts here in France make your hands black and don't smell, (don't think compost is meant to smell?) but they seem to work OK. I add 6 month slow fertilier granules to it in the large pots for summer bedding, even though some says it has fertiliser because often it only has a temporary effect. We don't have John Innes here either. A lot of French compost has peat in it, but just recently there is more peat free for sale than there used to be.

Suggestions please

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 09:48

Can you grow climbers up the horrid fence, roses, clematis, honeysuckle?

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 23:25

http://www.vigiers.com/wp-content/themes/vigiers/images/flash/wine2.jpg

Have lots of wine here.( SW France) 2 glasses a day keeps the doctor away.

Suggestions please

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 23:18

Perennial geraniums come in many different sorts for sun for shade, pink, blue, purple, white and are easy to care for, good ground cover.  Veronicas, rudbeckias, campanulas, phlox, penstemons, michaelmas daisies, to name but a few. Here is a site with lots of pictures. I don't know if they are any good to buy plants from, I prefer to see what I buy in a Garden Centre or plant sale.

http://www.gardens4you.co.uk/index.php?/Perennial-Plants&gclid=CPbCia3-wLUCFUfMtAodQRsAVA

Climbing Roses

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:47

Have you looked at David Austin roses? Click on this link and click on the other links in it to look at other climbing roses.

http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/Advanced.asp?PageId=1894

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:39

Congrats Sue, but what are the saltmines? Or am I the only one who doesn't know?

Don't overdo it Jo, sounds as though you've done stacks already. Do the old apple trees have to be pruned? Can't they just be old trees? Is there room to plant new, young, fruitful ones?Sounds as though it's an acid garden, can you grow azaleas (saw there was one) and rhododendrons? I started my 2 daughters off with their gardens, one has a tiny garden which I designed and installed with help of her OH and the other has a big garden. I helped her plant a mixed shrub hedge round it and dig some beds. Now they are quite keen. Big garden girl is planting lots of roses.

The baby penguins were sooooo cute. But what a hard life.

Will my winter pansies ever flower?

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:22

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/18762.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

These are some of my violas bought as plug plants autumn 2011 in early March 2012. There hadn't been any flowers and we had quite a lot of snow mid February. Then the weather turned mild and they suddenly came out. By May the plants were 3 times the size.

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 19:05

We had huge Chinese lunch, when out shopping. One of those places where you can eat what you like for set price - thry actually have them in France now, very popular. So just tomato soup from freezer with home-made grainy bread tonight.

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 18:21

I used to read "the Billy Goats Gruff" to my children when they were little.They were terrified of the troll! We all loved Angel Delight.

Lovely penguin programme tonight, the baby penguins will be hatching.

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