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David Matthews2

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Repotting - a word to the wise

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 19:20

If you should elect to house a sightly smaller / less awkwardly-shaped pot inside a 'potbelly' BEWARE: the 'gap' inside will create a perfectly safe  (& inaccessible to humans) 'hideyhole' for you-know-whos to loiter!!! [4 letter word beginning with S...???]. [perhaps you could pack the gap out with fleece or similar, hessian sacking etc.].

Cutting back a Hebe

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:00

Whilst agreeing with the Pansyface notion of 'outing' the offending hebe, I'd also treat the live/ leafy stem portions as cuttings material? Plunging the cuttings into a fairly deep 2litre pot spaced around the edge and minus the big leaves - this will encourage the buds in the nodes and if the compost is kept moist but not soggy, you should have a few rooted cuttings for strategic planting by the autumn. You've nothing to lose and everything to gain by this 'belt & braces' approach. Enjoy the scope that your 'new' garden brings!!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 19:36

Day of heavy drizzle & rain today, so 'gardened' indoors! Prefabricated a new walk-in shelter in the kitchen [OH very understanding], adding mid sections when I get it through 2 right-angle turns & out the back door tomorrow (hopefully), then add plastic cladding overall. *It will need weighting down to avoid blowing about as the previous one, so I've stashed 4 sash weights in the yard ready to attach at each corner. [I may add a 'sky-hook' attachment at the rear apex & fettle onto a nearby hanging basket bracket]. Photos will follow once installed.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:27

Rain and heavy drizzle here for most of daytime; so amused myself constructing bargain 'tall, skinny' plastic shelter from Wilkos [OH spotted a real bargain: £2.50 from £5 from £10 'cos one small rod missing!]. Got busy with hacksaw on Pembs hg bamboo cane replacement, (dried & seasoned from Colby Lodge NT gardens nearby 3 years ago). Shelter now installed inside 8x6 greenhouse - has trays of seedling tomatoes & sunflowers in it already.....busy, busy time of year...!!

what are you excited about?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:27

Thanks, Dove: It's always a 'team effort' each December - OH does the cakey bit & I do the 'decor', well-early enough for it to be 'matured' by Christmas Day. [Despite the fact that there are normally just the two of us eating it, it rarely makes it through to the New Year!!]. *The designs are different each year, just as my creative 'juices' flow...!!

what are you excited about?

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 20:12

Thanks to SGLily and Perki: here's a "Deliarised" cake which ought to go all round the GW forum members; with a bit of luck there'll be a toothfull/ morsel for all!

*When we lived 'onsite' at a Field Centre near Pembroke, the Warden had the same birthday too! With having to share cake amongst 100+ students & staff, it was a real effort for the catering staff each March 4th!!

C grubs in pots

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:41

They'ra also very partial to lily tubers/ corms, so I'd oick any old compost + grubs out for the birds & repot the lilies in new, clean material.

what are you excited about?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:38

I'm excited 'cos today's my birthday AND my wife's birthday too!! Furthermore some of the sunflower seeds that Soulboy sent me have 'risen' in the natural warmth of my unheated greenhouse!! [+ assorted weeds that must have been in the soil I used, tut!].



Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:54

 Just two of my favourites - so refreshing after all the snow, rain & gales! [They obviously love the 'diet' of hg compost I gave them after their severe 'haircut' last December!!!].

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 21:20


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Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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