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Vegggies in Pots

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:45

Fill the bed with a mixture of topsoil and well-rotted farmyard manure - you can get bags of both from the garden centre.

To grow the things I suggested there's no need to cover it at all.  They're all fine outside in the winter.

You could also some some Aqualdulce Claudia broad beans in October - they will grow slowly through the winter and give you a much earlier crop than sowing in the spring.

And also Swiss chard can be sown now - you can use the small leaves as salad leaves in the autumn, leaving the plants to grow bigger through the winter and then you'll have lovely leaves and stems to cook in the spring - it would cost you a fortune at the greengrocers, if they even stock it.  Such a lovely vegetable - use it like spinach, especially good in curries etc . 

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:41

Torrential rain, thunder & lightning here too    Not fun to drive in - I just drove down to the supermarket in the village, 10 mph max, lights on, wipers on fast and I still couldn't really see where I was going 

Vegggies in Pots

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:38

Carrots and onions don't transplant well in my experience. 

You could build you raised bed now and plant your garlic in the autumn - it will grow slowly over the winter and be ready for harvesting in July.  

You could also sow some Winter Density lettuce in your raised bed - it's a bit like a larger Baby Gem, and will grow slowly through the autumn and winter so that you have lettuce ready to eat in the early spring. 

I'm growing lunch-box type cucumbers in large pots outside - a friend with a greenhouse started the plants off for me in the spring and I planted them into the large pots in  June when the weather had warmed up.  We're picking several each day and they're really tasty.  Our niece stayed with us last week and she really enjoyed them. 

Wolf Spiders

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:30

Just giving you the benefit of my vast experience 


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:29

Just drove down to Waitrose in the village - 10 mph max, headlights on full, wipers on fast and still couldn't see where we were going - drenched Waitrose customers in shorts and tee shirts and flipflops splashing about in the car park - we got home just in time for thunder and lightning as we got out of the car, a river running down the road in front of the house and a lake on the terrace in the back garden.

Think my outdoor tomatoes may be getting over-watered 

Wolf Spiders

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:05
bekkie hughes wrote (see)
Its sounds like you have done loads! It must be so frustrating to get to this point. Im just wondering if spraying with a hose pipe as you are working might help, most spiders dont like water so will hide, id be tempted to take a hedge trimmer or one of those powerful strimmers that you can hire, take the growth down as much as you can, then try digging it over with hose at the ready. It will be messy and heavy work, but will be worth it, it sounds like you have a really good sized garden

I know this is obvious, but trrousers tucked in socks and gauntlets are your friends, not too attractive and tje neighbours will think you are mad

I find it's always helpful to cultivate an aura of eccentricity - it keeps mischievous boys wondering! 

She might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment. Look carefully at that teacher. Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion. Don't let that put you off. It could be part of cleverness.

I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But--here comes the big "but"--not impossible.” 
??? Roald DahlThe Witches

Too late to sow.....

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:59
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

I've had to do a separate post as my iPad stopped me typing!!!

I actually bought the sweet rocket because I read that it had a lovely scent in the evening, I think I read it in GW magazine 

I think they might have been quoting me!   It has a fabulous scent, just as it's turning dusk - it's one of my absolute favourites 


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:55

We had lots of ladybirds earlier on and they got rid of the greenfly on the roses very efficiently, but haven't seen many about lately.

We had lots of hoverflies earlier too, especially around the pond.  Now the runner beans are producing lots of beans so there must be plenty of pollinators around here.  

Wolf Spiders

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:18

If you're allergic to these spiders, and there really are as many as you say then I think you're only solution is to get someone else to clear the garden - either some good friends who are quite hardy and aren't allergic, or a garden maintenance person - there'll be some advertising in your local free-papers etc.  Or some of your neighbours may know of someone local.

 I wouldn't advise you to employ anyone who just knocks on the door and doesn't have checkable references. 

Get a firm price of what they're going to do and what they will charge you before they start, and take before and after photos, just in case of any disputes to be on the safe side. 

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