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Thoughts please

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:26

I'm older than you and female - I use a border spade - slightly smaller blade than a standard spade which makes it easier to dig plants up and move them around in the border.  I also use it on the veg plot.

I like a stainless steel spade with an ash shaft (then if the shaft does break it can be replaced) and a 'Y' shaped handle.  Just my personal preference but it's what suits me.   I've found Draper to be a good make.

Spring Bulbs leftover from Autumn

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:37

Plant them asap - they'll either survive or they won't but at least you've tried

Vertical gardening to cover fence using shoe racks

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:36

I would get some poly pots to fit the shoe rack pockets and plant your plants in them, using some of the water retaining gel mentioned above - that will help stop the compost drying out and also help prevent the cloth rotting too quickly.

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:30

You won't beat Woottens of Wenhaston - superb plants, good value, brilliant service.


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:09

BL, enjoy the ballet   When I met my son's (almost ex) wife I asked her what the word Bolshoi meant - I'd always thought it must mean something really rather wonderful - in fact it means 'big'.  The Bolshi Ballet is The Big Ballet

rogue plant in border

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:06

When your foxglove has finished flowering and the seedcases are beginning to split open cut it down very carefully and swoosh it over your flowerbeds, scattering the seeds around.  Next year you'll have a garden full of foxgloves for free

ID Please Peeps

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:52

You can get pink Mysotis - think they can have reddish stems.

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:50

Knocking on a farmer's door and asking would be fine - but if he's not at home then you don't go on the land unless there's a Public Right of Way. 

I expect that picking a few blackberries from alongside a Public Footpath or Bridleway would be tolerated but it would be polite to ask.


rogue plant in border

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:44

Definitely a foxglove and as Bob says, it's going to be a bit of a good one.  Leave it where it is ('cos it'll have a big root) and enjoy


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:40

Sorry, I don't rent OH out - I have to bribe him to get him out of the studio, but once he gets started in the garden he gets stuck in and does the jobs properly   He knows that if he doesn't I'll do the heavy work and then be a bit stiff and sore and as he's younger he's able to do these things without risking injury - I know how to pick 'em - well, second time around at least

I'm glad we got into the garden early - it's clouding up now and turning a bit chilly, and as the back garden faces east it loses the sun after lunch at this time of year. 

While I was in the garden I heard the unmistakable whistle of a steam engine and the sound of a very noisy train on the Norwich - Cambs line that runs across the nearby marshes - that's not something I'd heard from this garden before  - by dint of a bit of googling I found this was arriving at Norwich station around noon today.

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