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Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 16:30

A lot of it is common sense.

I was rather sleepy (jet lagged) when I watched Monty doing his hot bed. What did he do wrong? It didn't look enough to me and didn't look fresh enough. What else?

I used to make a hot bed in the GH from the fresh manure from my horses. In March I piled it up nearly chest high then put a wooden frame on it which I half filled with compost. Then I left it for a couple of weeks, except for watering it to keep it moist. It got very hot and steamy and meant I didn't have to heat the GH for sowing bedding plants. Then when it cooled down a bit I sowed my tomatoes in the compost on the hot bed. Worked well but was a lot of work. I then left it to turn into manure, watering it when it got dry. Then in the winter I dug it into the earth in the GH floor for planting next year's tomatoes. But it took up a lot of room that I now need, although it was amazing how much it shrank while it was rotting.


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:04

I see Dove has turned back into a Dove again - was that before or after the lovely builder came?

CRISIS here too! Flood! A loo cistern had overflowed all night. Water flowed down steps into the hall (which is really a sitting/dining room that I used to use for B & B). Wallpaper stained, Axminster carpet (very old) sodden. Spent ages mopping up. Insurance man says they'll pay for any damage. That was a loo I was worried about and a plumber had looked at it before we went to New York and declared it OK.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 10:46

Good morning Marion.

Lady of Shalott is already on my shopping list for our visit to Suffolk and East Sussex in July. I thought she would go nicely with my Lady Emma Hamilton.

Is this ragwort

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:49


 This is ragwort for future reference, poisonous. Really bad for horses, Grows on grassland. Wear gloves when you pull it up.

Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:44

Here is last year's thread for those who are interested.  http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/gardens-we-have-visited-2014/325348-12.html 

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:43

Hello to all those who posted here and get email notifications. YvieStevie started an new thread for 2015, but no one has been there since April. Has anyone been to any gardens and could post some lovely photos? Please. Thank you.

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:39

Living in Dordogne where it can get very hot in summer, I give mine a good soaking every other day, until water comes out at the bottom.

Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:35








Hasn't anyone been to any gardens this year since April?

We went to Waterperry in Oxfordshire before we went to New York. It was looking lovely.



Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:38


Do you think I'd win a prize for the biggest carrot at the local show?


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:34



Done my first bit of gardening since we came home from the New York trip. Have deadheaded 3 climbing roses and done some weeding in the veggie garden.

Before and after.


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