Excitable Boy

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May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 22:31
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Has the cricket season started?

No... they prefer moths and flying insects, lol.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 21:14

Just come in coz it's threatening rain BUT I saw the first bat of the year in the garden. Only one, but it must be getting warmer!

is it too late for this year

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 22:45

Flowergirl, I was in our local garden centre today and they were selling off bags of onion sets, potatoes etc. Given how cold and wet it's been you'd still be fine planting these - OK, so your onions may be slightly smaller or ready in September rather than August, but so what? I saw some bags of mixed onion sets - really good idea!

Still plenty of time for purple sprouting broccoli (but be quick!), cabbage, sweetcorn, peas, mangetout, spinach, chard, leeks, carrots, beetroot, turnips and swede as well as summer salad crops.Plus lots of others, no doubt.

To be honest I'd just plant anything you think you can use - seeds are so cheap you will almost always get your money's worth! Do not be too bothered about sticking to the rules - there aren't any really!!

Just reread your post. For winter veg go for leeks, psb, swede and spinach if you have room. Personally I would never omit psb - even our kids will eat it.


Potato planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 20:44

Hi Tim, they'll be fine, just a week or two later.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 12:55
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

Crumbs!  That is a lot of compost - your garden must be huge - or perhaps you have an allotment?  But it has given me a thought:  too late perhaps for this year, but maybe the local Allotment Society might take a large delivery - I can but ask!

It's quite a big garden - about 100ft by 90ft but I'm making big changes, digging up lawn, building raised beds, putting in paths etc. It had been a bit neglected for a few years and desperately needed some organic material digging in to break up the soil a bit.

It's more than I needed, but it'll spread round the neighbours and still give me plenty left. They dumped it in front of my garage (nowhere else for it really) and I have to admit it took a bit of shifting, lol.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:33

If you need a LOT of compost it is well worth giving your local council a call. I bought some from ours (S Glos) in February. I wanted 5 tons (their minimum delivered) but as their riddle machine wasn't working they gave me 8 tons for the same price - £50 delivered!!

I think you can collect smaller amounts free but tbh at that price it isn't worth it.

A little bit on the twiggy side (as it hadn't been riddled) and the odd small piece of plastic or glass, but on the whole seems weed free and better quality than the bagged stuff. I'm just recomposting some of the twiggier bits with some chicken manure from a local farmer, so no problem. Just a bit of a large pile, but I'm sure it'll get used!!

Talkback: How to grow sunflowers from seed

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 10:16

In our village they have a competition for kids to see who can grow the largest sunflower head (not the tallest). A few years ago our daughter planted her sunflower on top of a hole filled with the previous year's manure where I had grown courgettes.

The plant didn't grow particularly tall - about 7 feet - but the flower head was HUGE, 21 inches across excluding petals.

what should i do

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 09:33

Definately seperate - or just kill the weaker seedling if necessary.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 09:26
gardeningfantic wrote (see)

can anyone here tell me how i can keep track of threads i have posted on.. i cant find way to do it.

Ensure the little box on the left opposite the "Submit Reply" button is ticked. You'll then get lots (and lots) of update emails.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 09:23

Morning all! We had a lovely night last night, thanks for your good wishes. Did get a few strawbs and raspberries on a pavlova - just makes me keener for the home grown ones!

Huge big yellow thing in the sky here today!!!!!

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