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Posted: 27/04/2014 at 06:39

Good morning all   Just been reading back and catching up with everyone - some Forkers visiting other gardens, some acquiring more plants,  some visiting supermarkets, and some staying up late and visiting Boybands!!!  I stayed in and fell asleep on the sofa 

Today it's overcast but dry (so far).  The plan is, after Dippy Egg and Toastie Soldiers we'll go to the Farm Shop where Bhaji Man is giving a demonstration - then we're going to an ancient woodland to walk amongst bluebells -  the Met Office forecast says

"..........After a rather cloudy start, some bright or sunny intervals will develop during the day. However, rain or showers in the south at first will develop elsewhere by mid afternoon, and may be heavy and thundery in places. Maximum Temperature 15 °C."  

Hopefully we'll time it right for the sunny intervals 

Moss - Do I dig it in?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 06:18

Simply scraping if off the top of the soil is not removing the reason why moss is developing there.  As I explained 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Hoe then mulch with home-made compost/leaf mould - moss usually grows on impoverished and unaerated soil - so mulching will get the worms active and they'll aerate the soil and the mulch will also feed the soil. 

This will help prevent the moss recurring. 

Allium Problem

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:21

This article 

says that it's perfectly normal for the leaf tips of alliums to go brown and that it doesn't indicate a problem.

Courgettes wilting

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:11

Similar technique here - I sow one seed in each peat fibre pot then when they need potting on and planting out they don't even come out of the pot - the pot is thoroughly soaked and then the whole thing is planted.   Saves root disturbance. 

'With added John Innes'

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:08

Snoodle - the John Innes Centre is your neighbour!!! 

My understanding is that when something has 'added John Innes' it has a compound fertiliser added to the compost, to the formulation prescribed for John Innes composts.

However, as stated here this was a formulation developed for use with loam - it is not necessarily in the right proportions for non-loam composts. 


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 18:04

According to Ma, my grandpapa would walk out of restaurants if the waitress had painted nails - they only painted them to hide the dirt .......... apparently 


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 17:39

 Who was it wanted cake?   Pear and almond cake with streuzel topping ok?

And there's a chicken korma for later 


Building an arbour

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:22

You don't have to fix it down, but once an arbour gets some plants growing over it, it will catch the wind and you'll run the risk of it blowing over, or blowing away leaving a trail of havoc in its wake.

If I were you I'd fix it firmly to the paving - there's one way of doing it shown here - but you can ask for advice at a local DIY store - they're usually very helpful.


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 13:39

Think you and I should keep each other company Bill - it's not gardening weather out there - I'll put the kettle on


Gooseberries - no fruits

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 13:28

Lots of info here  - good training and pruning will help, and a good dose of Sulphate of Potash will encourage flowering and fruiting

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