Latest posts by Calendula

This is what happens when.....

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:43

Beautiful plants! Mine are still snug in their seed packets

MOB rants

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:47

I think the thing about Snowdon is that it has a path to the top, which makes people think 'oh well, if it's got a path it must be easy'.

But what's equally stupid is those walkers I see on the South Downs fully togged up in arctic gear with those particularly irritating double walking sticks. It can be a bit steep in places but, really, it's not the Alps!

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 13:29

Am I the only one here who doesn't worship the cult of Geoff Hamilton? I always found him patronising and dull.

Best and worst

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 09:53

Best is harvesting veg, but after that I do enjoy turning out a compost bin. I have just done my 'winter' one and have lots of lovely sieved potting compost waiting for use. I don't enjoy hedge-cutting much but me and OH do it together so it's quite companionable. I agree with Obelixx about the hardest being just to sit and enjoy it.

Poor Lawn.

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 09:40

I echo the advice to dig the lawn up, but why not go further and not relay it? I gave up on a lawn 5 years ago and have never looked back. No more boring mowing and a much more interesting (and full) garden.


Posted: 05/02/2013 at 14:44

My response to heavy, clogging, noisy machines which ripped rather than cut the grass? Dug up the grass and grew vegetables instead! Much more rewarding.

The uses of rainwater

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 09:53

Completed. A much more interesting topic than I chose for my Geography dissertation!

Talkback: Learning from 2012

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 16:16

I'm with Sue H. Extreme weather can mean extreme heat, or extreme drought, or extreme cold, not just extreme wet. We could experience all or none of the above in the next few years, just like in the last few. Using last year as a benchmark is very short-sighed IMO.

Just keep on growing what you like and will do well in your soil conditions.

Where is Nigel?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 14:18

Perhaps he has turned out to be a Nigella and will reappear with a few Nigelissimas in tow.

New Garden, need help to design

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 15:52

It clearly needs lots of TLC to get it fit to grow anything! Random thoughts in no particular order:

Do you have pets? Children? Factor their needs in. How much time do you want to spend in it? (will dictate annual versus perennial mix). Do you need a lawn? (you'll never get a decent one in shade) Assuming you don't spend the winter taking that up, digging it all over and adding as much compost/manure as you can. See where the sun falls (remembering it wil be different in summer). Test the soil. Look to see what you like that is growing in neighbouring gardens - it will do well in yours.

North facing is tricky for veg - I would start off with a small raised bed in the sunniest spot. Easy stuff - runner beans, lettuce, herbs etc.

Get the structure in first. Think about hard landscaping - paths, benches etc.

You won't get it 'right' first time - or even ever. It's a lifelong addiction - good luck!

Discussions started by Calendula

Mystery stowaway

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Pepper problem

Can anyone help with what's causing this 'rotting' of my bell pepper skins? 
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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' - few flowers

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ID please

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Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

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Last Post: 06/05/2013 at 09:43

Help needed: robust rain protection

Can anyone recommend a good folding umbrella? 
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