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What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 11:15

OL - I've seen some really easy looking net frames made with a hula-hoop cut in half and sunk into the ground so the bushes weren't getting tangled in the netting. Just thought I'd share that while I remembered.

I've learnt that having a bad back & fatigue issues is really not ideal when it comes to laying out a garden for a major redesign when your partner isn't interested enough to really help. What should have taken me an afternoon is taking me two weeks as I just can't move the huge amount of soil we need shifting from one side to the other. Next year I need to be more organised and plan things to factor in this extra delay.

I've learnt that its really important not just to write things down but to REMEMBER WHERE YOU WROTE THEM! I've had to rely on my Instragram account to work out planting / germination dates far too often! I did start my blog but when I was unwell I just didn't have the energy to update it and so now I'm all lost as to when things got planted.

Divided my chives

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:51

Free is my favourite price. I hope they do well! I hadn't thought of dividing my chive to use as companion plants - I'll have to remember this for next year when I'm ready.

The Gardeners To Do List suggests taking lavender cuttings this week which I'm trying to muster the bravery to do.


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:23
KEF wrote (see)

Hi all

Chicky what a lovely area you've created.

Clari, grand looking spuds and even better in the pan, I could just eat them, but it's toast for me. I grew mine in bags of MPC with organic potato feed added, no probs with compost baking but needed plenty of water.

How are you toms going?  I've got a lot of small ones on Dave. GH ones not as many but plenty of flowers.

I've got several tomatoes on the Roma but non on the Daves yet. Hoping they'll get a wiggle on and produce a few more flowers. I weaned them off and brought them outside when we had that lovely weather to maximise bee to flower interaction but am starting to think they might need to go back inside again!

rebecca hughes wrote (see)
Wow they look great, what variety are they?

I think they're Charlotte but I've lost the label so need to have a dig around and find where I wrote it down!

Rebecca re the beautiful gardens. I currently have a large mound of earth resembling road works / archaeological dig that will one day be the vegetable plot, a muddy area inspired by RHS award winning "dredging d' flood plains 2014" which is to be the chicken area once we've levelled it, the pond is trying to mimic the botanical gardens "bottom of the to do list", an area at the bottom of the garden which is growing 1 ton bags of sand in a "project miscaulated-is" Pompeii tribute.

Today's Successes

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 09:57



Posted: 17/06/2014 at 07:19

Definitely more coffee needed Kef. Or more sleep less work but I guess we'll not see that one for a while!


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 07:18

 Screen shots of my potatoes.  After my weekend away I came back to find something had eaten every leaf from my potatoes so they might not have been ready but I didn't think they'd grow any more without greenery. I grew in bags and found the soil around them had near set like concrete which is something to sort out next year.


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 07:04

Morning all!

Bags of potting compost purchased - absolutely rubbish

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 15:07

I've found the (10 bags purchased so far...) cheap stuff from Wickes to be some of the better quality (texture, lack of smell, lack of bolts and chunks in it) I've used.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 07:39

Good to hear Dove!


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 07:19

Morning all! Got home late last night from my little adventure. Only managed three hours sleep on the Saturday night so am really rather tired now!

Next time I must book the Monday off!

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