Debbie 11

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Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 10:05

We are obviously considered to be unimportant "gardeners", who bring in little or no revenue, I feel we are just tolerated and we get the progs. we get to show that the Beeb  cater for all...rubbish...they cater for and pander to the "BIG BUCKS". If it wasn't for the gardeners countrywide caring and providing for the bee's and other wildlife where would the "sporties" get their daily bread???!!!...they can't eat currency...its time this country came back down to earth a bit...everything boils down to financing in the end...something is very wrong...surely we should have learned something from WW2..."Dig For Victory" etc..Capitalism gone mad, sadly given time the human race goes "mad" with everything...

Rant over folks...perhaps GW could collect/collate our thoughts and pass on to the powers that be?...maybe organise some way of getting more support?



June in Your Garden!

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 15:44

lovely pics hope of being out in the garden...again...torrential rain and wind, very stormy (maybe some driftwood on the beach)...dreading going out for a check tho' not much around to be ruined really. staked an unknown inherited plant just the other day thank god, hope its the ornamental poppies have had it! front garden, well soil, is underwater...urgh...roll on calm days...

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:58

what a load of gorgeous them...gardens are amazing...when we moved in here (house not garden), there seemed to be nothing, now its looking quite good, stuff has popped up all over the place. some big bushy plants, obviously perenials, are dissapointing tho'...just got tiny yellow flowers on large domes of foliage, i bet its a weed...its not the first time i have nurtured weeds!

have dug out 4 blackcurrant bushes, 6 to go, huge things i was going to keep but way to weedy (horsetail, couchgrass, thorny brambles etc.) underneath, couldn't get at the "baddies" so they will have to go, will have a go at taking some cuttings.

also have some lovely pink and very dark red roses that looked dead, pruned em in March and now have lots of buds, same problem with the ground under them, but easier to dig up weeds round them.

have sorted out a nursery bed and have 12 Geum in there...found under the roses! and some of that "white rock", don't know the name, silver slim leaves and little white flowers, a rockery plant i think, have had it before years ago, but it always ended up looking straggly and i loved it so much i was frightened of cutting it back...any tips?

seeds not germinated

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 09:14

Auntiemand- aah that would be lovely but...I'm near Blackpool ha ha, kind thought tho'

thanks for all the replies guys, I suspect I've been to keen with the watering, however there does seem to be some signs of life, as if just one seed in the whole tray has germinated...still it is my first year with a GH...have to say I had better results when I just chucked seeds in pots and left them on the patio......this GH thing is a skill I must learn. Plum and beefsteak toms are doing really well in GH providing some comfort...lots more diggin/hoeing to do in front "soon to be cottage garden", heavy clay and compost not ready yet...urgh...may get some topsoil delivered so I can start planting...doing it all white I think...will dig in lots of good stuff when I put it to bed later in the year...happy gardening folks!

seeds not germinated

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 16:24

what have i done wrong? my 3 week old seeds have not yet germinated, easy ones too...icelandic poppies, aquillegia, sweet peas, calendula etc. I have one Morning Glory and one Calendula...has it been too hot? am I rushing/expecting earlier germination. I know lots of them could have been sown directly in the garden, but a new garden with a greenhouse I couldn't resist, actually thought they would fair better in the GH...any help would be appreciated...

Horsetail weed

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 15:59

I have the same problem, have sprayed them twice with some success, but roots underground send up more fresh tails...nightmare. If I can I dig down and get as much root as poss. but if other plants are about u can't really do this. Everyone including AT reckons that if you keep removing them they will be beaten- eventually they give up. go round the garden with a tub and just keep pulling them not put on your compost...put in green council bin or burn...good are not alone.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:58

thanks guys...when i get a new greenhouse must put it at the bottom of the garden where it will be more dappled sun/shade. finally removed all the lawn from the front garden - left with large clods of clay soil, so lots of improving to be done including builders plaster (Gypsum), apparently good for breaking up the soil, the worms will deal over time too...may treat it to a couple of tonnes of topsoil too...

May In Your Garden

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:06

RE:EXPERTS...(Ceanothus etc.)...Chris Beardshaw's grandmother told him to ignore the "experts" because "x" is an unknown quantity, and a "spurt" is just a big drip!!!

Watering plants in greenhouse once a day but lost a few plants in this heat...should I leave the door fully open when its so hot? have had it open 5 inches or so...will water twice a day whilst its so hot too...

May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 17:36

Ooh forgot to mention...2 mins walk from the beach and lots of lovely seaweed for the borders, believe its very good for improving the soil, also picked up some driftwood, friends are going mad for it here and its so expensive to buy on internet / shops...

May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 17:32

thanks all for the advise...already stacked quite alot so don't fancy the idea of "face to face" tho' it makes sense, think I will continue to stack upside down and spray weedkiller round the edges where necessary...I'll let you all know the results next May/June...if I'm moaning that I have created an unwanted grassy mound you can tell me "i told you so"...ha ha

very hot weather today with a breeze, dug up some bulbs that only sprouted very sad looking 12 inch grass, so popped them in a pot to see what happens next year...something exciting is growing, just one 12 inch stem but with a 2 inch chubby "bud", have marked the spots ( 4 of them) so they don't get lost, with a cane...hope they are fressia...maybe the sad ones are the same thing...

pottiepam - how sad...poor little things...what to do...maybe they would be better facing idea really...get in touch with RSPB for advise

figrat - thought it was only me that gets easily spooked in the I'm the only one who has a feather duster just inside the greenhouse door to chase spiders away...

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