David Matthews2

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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].

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:06

Hi Zoomer, a fair point. Maybe I did interpret the posed question rather liberally? But subtly I left out garlic, wild garlic (also know as ramsomes, hence Ramsey island in Pembs = 'wild garlic island') and maybe oe or two others....

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 19:41

Like Dove, I'd have to vote for a whole 'family' of vegetables - but I say "Let's hear it for ONIONS!" : shallots (round and long 'uns), spring onions, sets, Cibou, Chives, Welsh onions, everlasting and annual too! Such a versatile group and tasty too boot!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:02

Thanks, Rosie. Have received address via pm  -will parcel later this week: I have one or two friends locally wanting to contribute 'anomalously' !!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 21:16

I too have packets of seeds which I'm willing to donate. Just give me the address for posting on. Rooted cuttings of hydrangea, dogwood and small bay also available as/ when/ where required. **pms not working too well for me at present, though??

How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:28

That reminds me; I've a big parcel of lily bulbs (arrived in the post last week). Must get them sorted and into their flowering troughs and buckets - which I tow around the patios as they come into bloom, then 'retiring' them to shadier parts of the garden as they enter 'eclipse' after flowering.

Weed seedling web page

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:22

Thanks, Peanuts - very timely, especially as all the 'little perishers' are just getting going again!!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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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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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

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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