DavesBonnyLass


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Starting seeds

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 16:31

Okay, silly question here. We have a new 8x10 greenhouse and want to grow veg and flowers from seed. However, it is unheated (no electricity) and it seems like it's too cold for the seeds to germinate out there and we won't have enough window sills in the house for everything we want to plant. We don't want to miss the planting season waiting for it to warm up. What do people do? Should we just wait and get plug plants or stick with things that like to be planted in the cold, like beets and some lettuces?

Bark mulch

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 10:23

We're in a small village surrounded by farmland and woodland, so you name it, we've got it! Me thinks the rascels that delight in the major reclamation projects in our garden are the blackbirds and thrushes.

I just read a post on an Aussie forum that suggested laying chicken wire down first, The area the birds seem to like the most is under a long border of shrubs, so they're definately going for the bugs because it's cool and stays a bit damp for the bugs. The wire sounds like it might be a good option for that area. However, I think I'd rather watch the birds' antics than discourage them from doing their thing. After all, that's part of the joy of the garden in the first place, isn't it!

What plants go well with Freesia?

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 09:52

Oh dear, Kate -- that article says they like a bit of shade - which contradicts what the instructions on our plants say! Last night we planted them in our south-facing garden where they get full sun all day. I'll call the garden centre today to see what they recommend. Thanks!

Bark mulch

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 09:44

I couldn't imagine it's treated and I've yet to see an American web site that says it's treated, but it really is strange how it stays put so well! We put some down a few years ago and I don't know how many times we were out there raking it back into the borders. The birds could fling it 3 feet away! Since then we've been putting down compost, bought and from our compost bin. However, due to the night nitrogen content, many of our flowers now have more leaf than blossoms Time for Plan B, whatever that is!

Bark mulch

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 12:09

We just came home from a trip to southern New Hampshire where we saw the use of a reddish bark mulch in private gardens and public spaces. Everywhere it is used it looked so pretty and incredibly tidy. We wondered, does anyone know how they keep it so tidy? We've used it in our boarders here and the birds fling it everywhere, so much so that it ends up in piles, leaving bare patches down to the soil, or gets scattered onto the lawn! Just curious...

What plants go well with Freesia?

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 11:49

We just picked up 5 light pink Fressia plants from the garden centre. The plan is to put them in an island cut into the lawn where they'll get full sun. They are about 9 inches tall. How far apart should they be planted? What other plants will look good with them? Will the foliage stay lush and green after flowering until the autumn? It's surprising how little little information there is on line!

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Starting seeds

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Bark mulch

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