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Talkback: How to harvest garlic

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:16

I think I shall instruct OH to lift his this week as they're showing signs of rust - they appear to have some nice fat bulbs so fingers are crossed 

Wildflower id!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:11

I think some of them are 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:07
punkdoc wrote (see)

Morning all Torrential rain in the night woke us up, so feeling a bit groggy today. Loks lovely outside now, so will get out soon. Am going to put the Morning glories out today, and that will be the last of the tender stuff outside.

Hope everyone has a good day, and that your weather stays good [ except for Verdun ]

I'm doing that today too Punkdoc - race you ......... 

Sad day, got brighter

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:05

Good morning Mike - as Verdun has said - I'm glad the day got brighter for you, and as Fishy has said, you have good reason for cautious optimism.

All our fingers and toes are crossed for you - it will make weeding difficult and possibly the ironing will be impossible, but hey ho ... 

We must all remember to make every day worthwhile 


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:01

The star in our garden for the past ten days or so has been this clematis HF Young

 It's beginning to go over now, but it's been an absolute picture. 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:50

Better come up here Verdun - torrential sunshine and blue skies   .... so far ....

Unknown tree

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:48

The leaflets in the pic are in pairs so it does look like a walnut - making jolly good growth too - I think it needs moving .... or ............... the big shredder in the sky 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:46

Morning Clari and Caral   

More coffee Clari? 

Caral - I take it the flowers just appeared by magic??? 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:44

Hi Andrew and welcome 

That's a nice sized area you have to play with.  It's similar to my 'Shady Bank' which faces almost due North and is shaded from the east by large ash trees.

We have honeysuckles and clematis growing up the fence - there are quite a few clematis that are happy growing in the shade.  In the spring the small flowered Clematis Alpinas  and then later on some of the larger flowered ones.  We also have foxgloves, astrantias, hostas, rambling roses, ferns, hardy geraniums, pulmonarias, Sweet rocket , echinaceas and many others that attract insects of all sorts.  

The hedgehogs, frogs, toads and newts love the undergrowth that the ferns and hostas create.  You could also make a log pile towards the back of the border in a shady area.  You might even be able to incorporate a small pool - the wildlife in our garden has really increased since we dug a small wildlife pond. 

The first thing I would do is dig over the area, weeding thoroughly as you go.  I would then dig in a good layer of well-rotted farmyard manure (you can buy it in bags from the garden centre).  

While you're doing that some more people on here can come up with some more planting suggestions .... 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:31

Lily - you're very good at remembering what's going on in people's lives - would you like to be my secretary?  (Unpaid of course, but you could have cake )

Hello Pam - I thought you'd been quiet - we've got lots of fledglings in the garden too - the bluetits are all over the roses and clematis hoovering up the aphids, and a young blackbird seems to have taken up residence in the autumn raspberry canes - he'll have to move on when the fruit start forming" 

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