Diana Mead

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Sedum Spectable

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:24

I don't Chelsea Chop mine but I do thin them out and that works well. I just genty pull the spindly shoots out and leave the vigorous - ie. thick and solid - ones. That stops them competing for light. They stay shorter and therefore less inclined to shoot up and then flop over.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 17:29

oh dear, Clueless! I was feeling quite happy until I read your tale of woe!

I've been frustrated by the weather too but, try being a bit adaptable. Here in South Wales we have a very "moist" climate and a clay soil or to put it more succinctly, it's usually to wet to dig or too dry and hard to get the spade in. Like you, I have a list of jobs waiting to be done - shrubs to move, perennials to lift, divide and replant, veg plot to dig and prepare. etc.  - but none of them is THAT urgent. I did get out between the heavy showers today and completed pruning my restricted fruit trees and did a bit of tidying up, all from the path, too wet to tread on the soil.

I felt very pleased, one important job completed and ticked off the list. Oh and by the way, I found my first hellebores coming into flower, snowdrop leaves 2 inches high and bumble bees on the winter honeysuckle.

Gardening isn't all about hard work, learn to enjoy your special space too.

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:00

Hi Mike - you can use my method in borders too as the plants quickly disguise the wire baskets. I have also found some black metal ones with thinner wire, even less noticeable. I have beautifrul sea lavendar in the front garden growing througn one and I can't even see it! I also place them over un-planted areas. remember - a cat can't defecate if it doesn't have room to be comfortable!

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 22:11

I've got a great answer to this one as I like to grow my own garlic and really don't fancy it with cat-poo dressing! Go to the local "cheap" or "pound " shop, buy some cheap wire hanging baskets (they cost me under £2 each and last for years), remove the hanging chains and put them upside down ove the planted area.

My garlic grows up through them and the cats can't get to them . Perfect! I also grow other crops, seedlings etc. the same way

Tomato growing tips

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 18:05

I only grew one variety this year - Marmande - it is my absolute favourite. I am still eating the last few now having managed to ripen them indoors (old method, put on newspaper in a warm,sunny window). I grow from seed indoors and put them outside in a very sheltered garden when it is warm enough. They come back indoors, inside the patio doors, when it gets too cool.

Pleased to say I had no blight. I never spray them or anything else I eat but I do plant tagetes in their pots and it seems to work as I never have white fly either.

Talkback: Moths and caterpillars

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 16:12
I love moths. Possibly a bit scary as they move so fast but so beautiful. I particularly like their ability to disguise themselves and keep perfectly still
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