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Woodchip mulching

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 09:18

Fresh wood chippings are great for paths, but I have been told fresh is not good  for mulching, because it doesn't have what is necessary to kick-start the decomposing process. Best to heap them together and let nature do her thing, the longer the better.
Once they are rotting, you can mix with well rotted horse muck for humus. Or mix with that most precious of stuff -home made compost, which makes the compost go further too.     

Perovskia 'Blue spire'

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 19:03

Ignore me, I've had a long day at the allotment, and am now talking out of the wrong orifice.
I sowed verbena to go with the 3 perovskia Little Spire plants I have.

Perovskia 'Blue spire'

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 18:58

Try and buy 'fine tuned' seeds as they come pre-chilled. I sowed a couple of trays 3 weeks ago and every one germinated within 3-5 days.  

Be honest now

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 19:28

Hosta, by June of last year I was out after dark torch in one hand wielding a carving knife in t'other, OH thought I was bordering on certifiable.  

Be honest now

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 18:37

I squash the slugs and throw the snails, but cannot get them to bounce and skim on the river, ho hum I will keep practising.  


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 17:38

Pallets for the base! What a cracking idea Gardengirl! Just told my hubby and he says "Thank You! that's genius!"  I'm near the Forest, Gloucestershire. I think I will put a 'wanted' post on freecycle.

GWRS, sun umbrella is a go in the cocktails.   

Yay! I have an allotment, but has been badly neglected.,,Help!:(

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 08:32

 This is the little section that I turned over and have weeded so far, doesn't seem a lot, but has taken hours and hours, but I'm digging a foot down and sieving through the earth removing every piece of root.  

Yay! I have an allotment, but has been badly neglected.,,Help!:(

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 08:16

Wow, super piccies! Great job BizzieB and very encouraging for 6 months!   

GemmaF, I would be thrilled if mine looked as beautiful as that at the start of year 2  

Computers in gardening

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:59

What Dove said. 

Seedy, get a smartphone and talk to Google (a huge database) and be pretty specific in your search terms. And at the same time contact the publishers of your book and see if there's a kindle edition (which you can have on your smartphone too) which is searchable too. 

Gemma I think there are some fairly good apps for garden design, garden management and gardening solutions on google play, you may need a couple of apps to cover your needs, but hey we are talking free apps.   


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:02

Thanks Zoomer and Gardengirl for advice on how to move the shed. My hubby had a look and said there is no way of rollering it, without going directly over others' gardens (plots). And to lift would be a nightmare because its such a huge and heavy shed .

Anyhow the upshot is, hubby said he will get me a nice new small shed as my plot is only 75 msq, and to have a great big looming shed seemed a tad OTT. And he said he will build a patio area for it to go on first.

Yay! so win,win for me.    

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Yay! I have an allotment, but has been badly neglected.,,Help!:(

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Friend or Foe?

ID of seedlings 
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Hardy Annuals

Favourites for autumn direct sowing.  
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When is the best time to plant out the varying bulbs?

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Two plants that I need IDing.

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Received 48 perennial plugs, but what do I do next?

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Lupins, can I move them now?

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How do you take cuttings from plants?

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Can I grow a Clematis alongside a Virginia Creeper?

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Pumpkin Magic

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Duh! I bought the wrong Clematis for a container to train up a pergola.

What would best climber for a pot?  
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