Busy-Lizzie


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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 21:54

Garden is sodden. Have spent most of the afternoon in the GH. Shuffling plants, potting on others, sowing runner beans, courgettes, cucumbers, more petunias (too late?), ditto Didiscus, French marigolds, Hesperis, Cerinthe. GH is full.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 19:48

Brilliant, hope it works.

Laurel and Monty

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 18:14

I never came to any harm pruning laurel.

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 18:12

I have a lot of land but I live in SW France, 64 acres, but most of that is scrubby woodland. Bought the house in a run down state, uninhabited for 6 years, for £140,00 in 1985. Did a lot of work on it and I made the garden. But I didn't want to live in France! My first, late, husband's idea.

Houses and land in France are still a lot cheaper than in England. My daughter is buying a house with 5 bedrooms and over an acre in SW France for about £170,000. But the agent and the notaire (solicitor) are quite expensive.

But I don't suppose that is much help if you want to be in England.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 16:49

I see that Verdun has posted the news about Lyn's father on a separate thread. Her father couldn't have hoped for a better daughter to care for him until he left. Hugs for Lyn.

NEW GREENHOUSE

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 09:51

I've put staging (actually cheap shelves from a DIY store, planks not solid wood to allow light underneath) on one side, also a potting shelf. The other side I have earth.

On the earth side, in Spring, I put up trestle tables with planks on to make more room for all the seedlings I grow. Then when the seedlings have gone outside I plants tomatoes and peppers in the earth, which I enrich each year with compost.

I've put a path with wooden pavers in the middle. I put thick black plastic sheeting down on the earth under the permanent shelves, but you could have concrete if you wanted. Something to stop weeds growing under the shelving.

Fertilizer for leeks, onions, garlic etc

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 09:43

You could use Blood, Fish and Bone fertiliser. I've used it before for leeks and onions. But I live in France so I'm not familiar with English brand names. I use a French one, called Fertiligene which is organic. So I would look on the packets in the garden centre and see what there is - if you don't want to use BF&B.

Bushy plants that will grow in a plant pot in mostly shade

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 09:33

I think Verdun's idea of scented plants is good. What about Honeysuckle? You would need deep pots and a trellis. They would need regular watering and feeding.

Lonicera periclymenum Belgica is an early flowering one and Seratina is a late flowering one so you could prolong the season.

Shrub ID

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 09:25

Snap Darren!  Broom in English, Cytisus in Latin.

Shrub ID

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 09:24

It looks like a Broom or Cytisus. But I don't know which variety.

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