David Matthews2

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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 19:54

Today I have mostly been 'mining' my Brown Gold from one of several 'Dalek' compost bins - somewhat sweaty work but well worth the effort! Riddled out the twiggy bits (& banana labels etc), ready to mix with equal quantities of Levingtons (or similar quality) bagged compost from GC tomorrow when MrsM & I head to town for dental appointments!!

*Tip: using a Garden Claw horizontally thro' the basal hatch speeded up the process of loosening the well-packed compost prior to shovelling it out!!


Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:49

Me too!! (see my avatar).

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:54

Potted on 6 tomato plants "Artisan Pink" then noticed that one of 6 tomato "Indigo ..." already potted on has drooped severely - hope it's just sulking & not a sign of disease? Kept AP's well away from other toms & bitter WNW wind jic. Hastily mowed grassy area ahead of gathering cloud & predicted rain approaching 6pm. Tidied up 'offerings' from various neighbouring cats....Rain stopped play!

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:49

Steve 309: I tried 'overwintering' "Aquadulce" about 4/5 years ago - semi-disastrous as I had to build an anti-snow frame/ cloche/ shelter [4' x 4' x 20'] against SNOW [3" fall] when the beans were in flower & I feared they would be snapped against solo canes etc already supporting them! * I did get a crop, but it was no earlier than other beans sown indoors in mid February. Hence my current practices...

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:10

Similar pattern of action to Marygold's: my 1st batch is now in flower in their 'cropping' position. The 2nd sowing is still in greenhouse - two seeds in 1 litre deep ex-yoghurt pots (Tesco). *I tend to plant out at 4/5 true leaf stage - else the root development tends to get too tangled for safe separation...Bunyard's Exhibition is the main variety - I've grown used to its habits!


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:33

VERY blustery NNW wind here, though mostly sunny: thus it's quite cosy in the greenhouse (unheated but reaching 25 C) - just watch out when you emerge!! *[Two lines of washing dried in record time, so not all bad! "It's an ill wind..."]. **Driving back from the Midlands yesterday it  was mostly sunny, + odd showers near Welsh Borders. Vital 'comfort stop' at Carmarthen GC resulted in a dozen 'ailing' half-priced tomato plants - so a rush to get their roots into some of my tasty compost; needed riddling to exclude odd twigs, wireworms & banana labels. Hasty watering of drooping early potato haulms in buckets 'cos it's apparently been quite warm whilst I was away...

Batty Bunch

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 20:24

I and various younger members of my family are quite batty in various ways as my avatar would indicate. Serious battiness is a strong genetic trait in my past as I was prone to standing in the middle of various rivers, wearing wellingtons, waders or even wet suits and SHOUTING instructions to the field study groups I was tutoring!! I put it all down to having been born young...

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:26

Wintersong: I'd be prepared to hazard a guess that your 'little warbler' might be a cock wren - they make a real racket, often from within the shrubbery! Any idea as to size, colour, (?picture would be good). If your situation is well-wooded you might be lucky enough to have a Garden Warbler visiting you? Happy gardening anyway!!

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 21:33

Nin: I do sympathise, truly. But I do have a 'cavalier' streak which prompts me to suggest planting a Russia Vine (aka mile-a-minute vine) - it should overwhealm the 'tango' shed in no time atall.....?? Seriously though, what's on the opposite neighbouring side? Redirect your own attention thataways and leave Mr Tango go to xxxx!!


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 20:49

Day Three of my campaign against the advance of ivy, phygelius and Bramble from my neighbour's garden VIA the 150-year old limestone wall dividing our plots! Secateurs and heavy welder's gauntlets, plus eye protection needed too. Is shredding an option, followed by composting?? Pity not to gain by my labours, 'cos the neighbour is of the 'let Nature take its course' type - ie does nowt in the garden!!

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