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When to prepare new beds for next year?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 20:48

Its looking great Mondegreen

I think digging the beds and covering with a really thick layer of organic mulch (garden compost or  well rotted manure) would be a really good idea.  Over the winter the worms and the frosts will break it down for you, and by next spring you will have wonderful soil to work with


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 20:43

How beautiful ....lucky Jo


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 20:41

Totally agree Dove - our system may not be perfect, but it is one I am comfortable with

For any of you that a) like Alan Titichmarsh and b) live within striking distance of an evening in London .....he is giving the first annual lecture for the NGS on 27th October.  I've just bought a ticket (see NGS website /lecture) so there are definitely some still available

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 17:49

Gorgeous Lyn. The first one looks positively Mediterranean 


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 11:00

Oooh enjoy Sicily Lizzie - we had a wonderful (sunny) time in southern Italy earlier in the year.  Hope Fidget makes it to Scamdinavia too (can't remember which country and daren't look back


edit: Denmark .....loooved Copenhagen, especially Nyhaaven


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:26

KEF, Fairy .....many thanks, means alot.

Happy Birthday to Charlie ......tell him all the really important people have two birthdays 

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:17
Verdun wrote (see)

Chicky.....what photosynthesis is needed now for tomato plants?  the plants, as I see it,,are simply holding the fruit whilst they naturally ripen.

I don't know - I was quoting from GQT as it seemed relevant to the discussion.  If we all agree that they taste better ripened on the vine, then something must be happening to them whilst they are there......maybe PS helps in that process?  But I don't really know .....I have a CB book downstairs, might go and read the photosynthesis chapter


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:29

Chicklet flies the nest.  Am very happy for her, but might have a little sob in private

pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:26

We've had a lot of rain Emma, so would think that is your problem.  Its also quite late in the year for oriental poppies to be flowering - they are normally a May feature.  I would cut back the whole flower stem to the base.  You'll probably get a wonderful display next year


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:23

  Will need you guys here with the kleenex come Sept 20th

Discussions started by chicky

Hellebores - black spot?

All my hellebores have distorted leaves🙄 
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Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

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Strange flower buds - ID??

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Love lies bleeding from seed

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Have I got an orchid???

New flower appeared in grassmeadow 
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Gardening on TV

A thread for TV alerts - no whines please !! 
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More gardening TV

Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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Jasmin - officinale or trachelspermum??

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How big are vine weevil grubs?

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Indoor hyacinths - are they ready for some light??

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Getting rid of brambles

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Daphnes - do they self seed?

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Tree id

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Autumn raspberries - will they need staking?

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