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Vertical gardens

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:07

Think it's about carrying your garden about with you on a set of shelves 


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:05

Good morning all 

Warm and wet sounds good for trying to sort out the rubbishy end of the herb bed which got flooded in the spring - the big sage bush turned up its toes and died.  It would also be a good time to try to improve the front lawn which is now full of brown moss - I've discovered that Homebase hire out electric scarifiers - if I give the front lawn a good going over now I could oversow some seed in early September to give it a bit of a boost ......... problem is I may have to get the Under Gardener to assist with some of these jobs as I seem to have developed a bit of a rotator cuff problem in my right shoulder.    I 'spect it's a sporting injury - I'm blaming the 'lympics 

help unknown veg?? newbie

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 07:52

Well, that definitely bears similarities to a butternut squash - let's wait and see what happens. 

I would pinch out the growing tips of all the shoots at two leaves beyond the last female flower to encourage the plant to concentrate on fruit production.  If a shoot has no female flowers just pinch the tip out anyway. 

Is it Ok to keep picking rhubarb

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 22:07

The plant will die down over winter. It doesn't need protecting over winter. Rhubarb comes from Siberia. But mulching with well rotted manure is good. It will start to grow new stems in the spring. If you want to force it to produce an early crop you can place a forcing pot/ old chimney/ upturned bucket over the crown after Christmas. This will encourage earlier pinker and more tender stems. 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 19:14

Falling asleep on the sofa now     ...... blame Mo 

See you in the morning folks .............. 

Hedge at end of the garden

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:46

Definitely privet.

I think what your neighbour is trying to explain that the harder you cut it back the thicker it will grow.

Clear out dead leaves, ivy and weeds from the bottom of the hedge to let air and light in..  Give the area at the base of the hedge a feed with Fish, Blood & Bone (a slow release organic fertiliser) as per the directions on the pack and cut it hard back - watch Monty Don on Friday's Gardener's World  - he was talking about cutting the hedge a bit wider at the bottom than the top - this will make sure that the bottom of the hedge gets sunlight as much as the higher parts of the hedge - this will stimulate fresh growth.

New raspberry row

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:09

We have Polka - we're very pleased with them - large tasty fruits and lots of them.  And my son says my raspberry jam tastes better than any he's ever tasted before.  

Plant identity please

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 14:47

Nope, can't open the pic - have another go ... 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 14:10

Didn't you manage to need rescuing Fairy? 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 13:28
punkdoc says:

Poldark. More objectification of the male body, by you ladies [ ? you too Hosta ] !!

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 Mmmm ... I've noticed that  my OH seems to be looking forward to seeing Demelza again ........ although he did prefer Angharad Reese to the current one ...

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