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3' high raised bed advice welcomed

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:08

Battering is angling the face of the 'wall' back from the vertical. Does not mean missing any blocks atall! A 'two-thirds' overlap should give an inch or two for the soil 'pockets' in front of the face of the upper block, and so on towards your desired height.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 20:31

Suny most of daytime here in SW Wales - had to run into garage when hail shower came through 1530. Plenty of fresh compost, so got o with 'Premiere' early potato planting in big black buckets by gr/houses.

Talkback: Planting daffodils late

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 19:50

Thanks for your consoling thoughts, Nutc! I make that I'm about 8-10 months ahead of myself with bulb planting - guess I can now relax (just for a wee while?).

3' high raised bed advice welcomed

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 19:25

Have you considered using hollow concrete blocks and 'battering' the face of the wall on at least three sides? I've seen this approach used with great effect elsewhere as it gives multiple little soil 'pockets' on each course of blocks - into which you can plant numerous trailling subjects?

Talkback: Planting daffodils late

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:56

Through a slight 'oversight', I had a half-net of daffodil bulbs lurking in my unheated garage until yesterday - I planted them in a dozen or so black flower-buckets (ex-florist), along with some 'fresh' lily bulbs I'd had from Parks just last week. More in hope than expectation, I've watered them up and stood them alongside the greenhouse in a sunny spot. I'll let you know how they fare over the coming weeks, and months...?

Talkback: Bumblebee rescue

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:00

Even though today has been overcast, grey and quite a chilly wind, the bumblebees have been cavorting around the various clumps of flowering hellebores in the sheltered borders. Last week when it was warm & sunny, there were several wasp-mimicing flies around the same areas too. Spring is definitely here, at last!

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 20:14

Managed to get the first tray of chitted "Rocket" 1st early potatoes into their individual black buckets, loads of fresh compost to hand ready for the job! Also squoze the last bag of onion sets "Snowball" into plastic troughs - they grow on and I crop them akin to spring onions as I'm a big fan of daily salad components for my light lunches. Plenty of fresh growth on the overwintered German leaf, adds 'bite' to the salad bowl! Decided that the bay bushes (3m height) needed a 'haircut' - light trim only as they had a major surgical prune only last year. Started 60+ pea "Onward" in two growbags (within greenhouse) - I dislike the gutter-growing method as the root run is too limited. Tidied up the outdoor onion and shallot sets sown last month after the neighbourhood blackbirds had been inspecting their roots for tasty morsels! Live and let live is my motto - they mean well and sing so spiritedly that I forgive their odd 'mishap' as they grovel along the rows!

Gardening for the elderly

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 21:46

.Survey completed - much neater layout via Survey Monkey. Good luck with the project, Designer 11.

This Strange and Wonerful Weather System

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:38

Well described, Mike. I really enjoyed the 'walkaround' in your spring garden! So glad that you mentioned the birdsong - such a feature of spring mornings right now in West Wales (as elsewhere). Hope the slight 'wobble' in your personal health balance readjusts quickly.

Repositioning a Hebe

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:13

Meomye: I have found that giving the hebe a 'haircut' at the time of moving helps reduce the shock effect. [The cuttings get bobbed in along the side of the planting hole and can act as a safeguard should disaster strike the main subject]. (What I call 'belt & braces' gardening). [In the past I've treated Wiri Charm in this manner and it's always responded well, so far].

Discussions started by David Matthews2

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

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