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Latest posts by Clarington

Strawberries! is it possible to have too much light?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:17

As they've said it wont be light that's the problem (I'm sure I read that strawberries love the sun and don't like to be in the shade) but the soil drying up. I'm growing in pots this year (hoping to have a bed for them next year) and I am giving mine a little water both morning and night (feeding them once a week) so that the soil doesn't dry up.

Could you put your pots in a tray of water to give them more water throughout the day?


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:16
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Here you are Clari

 Will that help?

Thank you Dove. Think I must have a virus or general fatigue, I was fine at the weekend (4 hours sleep, stood up all day, driving ambulances, generally NOT resting or eating well) but I've no energy at the moment. It seems to strike worst when I'm about to go to work. I keep hinting at my partner that we need a holiday but it isn't sinking in! Oh well - hopefully I'll get him in the garden tonight digging the chicken area out a little more and maybe that'll convince him that BEFORE the chooks arrive would be a really good time for a long break!

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

I wasn't going too but I really wanted to do something for the Christmas meal and with the vegetable plot a long way from being ready potatoes in bags might well be the way forward for this year! I'll keep an eye out at the local garden centres and if I spot some I'm sure I'll be tempted.

(This all depends on the greenhouses being dismantled / painted / slabs laid for the new base / erected / electricity supplied to one of them / my not filling them with over wintering chillies and other plants as this years are a little slow to get a move on...)


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 07:23


Not happy about it! 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 14:37

All the way from the other side of the world and you only get a few hours notice? Good lord his family have given us two weeks notice and they're only coming 90 miles!

Sun is finally breaking through here... however I've realised that I might not have opened the green house this morning (I never normally close it!) Fortunately there's only a couple of chillies in there so hopefully they'll be okay.

The new is not looking good this afternoon. I'm on a project that's taken me a year so far and it looks like the troubles in Iraq have put the location right in the middle of it. I bet my bosses who went to visit the site are glad they aren't there now!!

Mrs G how is your CV writing going? Time to give mine a definite push towards another direction now.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:11

I have memories of my grandmother collecting the poppies and hanging them upside down in the conservatory (don't know whether the heat helped or just provided her with a suitable spot out the way of small hands) with their heads in a paper bag to collect the seeds (just remember to label them!). I did this last year and ended up with an envelope full which I hope to use next year - once the seeds had fallen out of the heads I then left them on a tray in the windowsill for a few days just to ensure they were dry. This might not be necessary.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 07:21

Have a safe day everyone xx


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 15:54

"A couple in their 50s had to be rescued from a dense rhododendron forest after they became trapped in a "treacherous area" on an Irish mountainside.

The five-hour rescue operation took place in the Knockmealdowns Mountains, which straddle the border between County Waterford and County Tipperary...."

suitable lawnmower for lady gardener

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 15:53

What size lawns is she planning on mowing? Are they on slopes? Or excessively uneven? If they are only small (flat) gardens does she really need it to be powered or is she strong enough to use a push one? (Push one will be lighter as it wont have all the gearing).

One assumes she will require a petrol machine as I can't see customers being best pleased at having to plug her in.

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 13:20
Hopefully this winter we will have a very cold spell with plenty of frosts to kill a few things off (hopefully more bugs than plants) to "balance out" nature verses successful vegetable plots.

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