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Posted: 26/02/2014 at 16:03

It's been gorgeous here today - a line of washing dry and folded, my new paeony potted up, sweet peas sown (I've said that already) lots of little tidying things done outside - just little things, but also a lot of thinking about how we develop this garden.  

It's a good job I got the washing in a few minutes ago, it suddenly started raining at the front of the house, and not at the back for a few minutes, then it decided to move to the back garden so we had rain at the back and not at the front - isn't weather odd? 

Yes Clari - I'm considering buying some bags of icecubes and heaping them over the garlic - do you think it'd work? 

Soil problems

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:58

All that poo, manure and green manure will all have been quite high in nitrogen - maybe it's a bit low in other nutrients - perhaps a good sprinkling of Fish, Blood and Bone - which is a balanced slow release fertiliser - will help.

It might give us a better idea if you tell us what did well and what didn't do so well?  

Did green leafy veg do well, and things that flower/fruit/seed do not as well?

I am newbie here

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:17

James - great photos thank you for sharing them with us - my last home was in the city centre with only a tiny shady yard, but we grew lots of vegetables in pots, baskets and boxes - creative thinking is the answer 

Now I have a bigger garden and more time so I can grow more.  I enjoy growing flowers and shrubs, but I also enjoy growing fruit and vegetable - it is very satisfying to give your family food which you have grown yourself. 

Could this be a first? Sweet Pea flowering in Febraury

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:10

David keeps telling us not to mollycoddle them - looks like tough love has worked (that and a mild winter )


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:08

Of course you are Ashleigh, but if you're like me, next birthday you'll be 26 - I'm going backwards - just don't tell the Pensions People! 

My back has this silly idea that it should lounge around not doing a lot - that may have been the way of things when I was working and stuck in offices and cars - now I'm retired my back has got to get used to doing a few more things!

At long last I've sown some sweet peas - they're on the dining room windowsill but as soon as they peek their little heads above the compost they're going out into the cold frame. 

I am newbie here

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:26

James, that is interesting - a friend of ours is travelling in the far east and China at the moment, and sending us photos of gardens and fields of growing crops.

Can you show us some photos of your garden?  What sort of plants do you like to grow?  Do you want to grow vegetables to eat, or do you want to grow ornamental plants and flowers?

Talkback: How to plant long-cane raspberries

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:16

How long are the canes you have Michael?

If they are long, do any of the canes have the remains of last year's fruit  clusters and calyces on them, or are they 'new canes'?

I would cut down to ground level any cane with the remains of fruiting spurs/calyces on them.   If that is all of the canes then you are likely to be in possession of an autumn-fruiting variety.

If that is only some of them or none of them, then the variety is likely to be summer-fruiting.

Does that make sense - I know what I mean 

Nut free bird seed?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 12:50

I find that sunflower hearts attract lots of different birds - would they be ok?

Music in the Garden

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 11:42

Song of the day for me today - A good year for the roses - the wonderful Elvis Costello 

That'll remind us all it's time to give them a feed and give them the best chance to achieve a good year 


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 11:26

Nine jars of marmalade gleaming like jewels on the dining room table - just the washing up to tackle now - but first I'll have a


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