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Posted: 17/02/2014 at 13:28

I was outside digging this morning and my back was complaining - I came in feeling quite despondent - then I read your recent posts and saw your pics and went out again re-energised.  

Now I've dug and raked the bare part of the veg patch and OH has dug out the tree roots at the edge for me.  The twigs that were blown down in the storms have all been raked up and the garden is full of hope and promise again.

Thanks for the inspiration Happymarion 

Multipurpose potting compost

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 13:19

I've frequently used Levington, and found that it's usually better than the other brands. 

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 12:47

I do as Mark does - they grow happily outside - just flowering later around the same time as bluebells.  They won't have quite such full flower spikes, but are just as pretty for all that. 

Design student looking for help!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 12:39

 Caleb - we rarely need to water the leaves or flowers of garden plants - that isn't good for them - it's the soil around the roots that needs the water.  Water on the leaves can cause scorch-marks when the sun shines, and watering the flowers can also damage them.

What I would find useful is a transparent watering with litres and millilitres etc marked clearly (like my kitchen measuring jug) so that when I'm adding something like soluble potash to the water to be watered into the soil, I can be more accurate if I want to use smaller amounts of water.  

At the moment my watering cans hold about 2.5 litres of water each (I think) and I have to guess if I'm using small amounts of soluble fertiliser, or mix it in a kitchen measuring jug then tip it into the watering can.

Snapdragon SOS!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 12:33

Fingers crossed Mark - some snapdragons are quite hardy so maybe yours will be ok.

Quite often the damage is done when plants thaw quickly after being frosted - that's when the cell walls burst - so if they get direct sunshine before the frost is off them that causes trouble.

Let us know how they get on. 


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 12:29

Oh what a beautiful morning I've had - I'm so happy I feel quite 'emotional'  I've got all the currently bare bit of veg patch dug over and OH has done the edges where the tree roots are.  There are buds on the Polka raspberry canes, and little primroses smiling around the ash trees.  OH has weeded his garlic and we sat outside under the big ash tree for our morning coffee - I could smell the perfume from the violets!  I've raked up most of the twigs that the storms brought down onto the lawn and I'm a happy gardener 

My back is sore but I'll have a hot shower in a bit - that'll help that.  I find it hard to pace myself in the garden as I used to be so fit and could dig and pitch bales and lay hedges all day - then I had a gap of 18 years without a proper garden - now I expect to be able to pick up where I left off, forgetting that I'm not as fit as I was   But this morning, Happymarion was an inspiration, and I went back out there and just got on with things and got the jobs done that needed to be done.  Thankyou Happymarion 

OK Gg , I'll sort the plants out later in the week when I work out what I'm going to package them in - I'll let you know when I've posted them - is there someone at home all the time or does your postie know where to leave things?


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:16

Happymarion - lovely pics - thank you 

What type of peas.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:09

Swings and roundabouts Boater - the cat probably kept the mice away 

Daniel.Please can you help?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:07

Just occasionally it does have a blip - hopefully it'll be ok now.

 And don't forget to click the Submit button - just occasionally I get distracted by something and think I've done it and I haven't.

 If you do that you can sometimes retrieve your post by clicking on the Back arrow top left of the screen 

Allotment newbie, any clay-related advice?!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:05

Hi Loz and welcome

Dig the weeds out (roots and all) and then incorporate as much well-rotted farmyard manure/garden compost/ spent mushroom compost as you can get your hands on.  

Clay can be the most productive of soils if you keep adding organic matter such as manure and compost over the years.  No need to add perlite or gravel.  

I'd save the topsoil for the raised beds (mixed 50:50 with well rotted farmyard manure).

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