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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Mouldy compost

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 09:50

Warm and wet is a breeding ground for mould and all sorts of other pests and diseases Lowey. Like Green Magpie, I don't cover seeds once they've germinated.

Ventilation is often forgotten about when seed sowing - especially when we sow early in the year in a nice heated house!  A good air flow is just as important as the compost or seeds involved. Always bear in mind that the seeds have to go outside at some point, so growing them a little more slowly means they're better equipped for that - less leggy and etiolated, and therefore stronger.  Keeping compost on the dry side rather than it being too wet helps too  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 09:39

A couple from my back garden


Clematis Constance beginning to open



Camera Talk

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 09:18

Not a long walk lily - but steep enough for a good thigh burner  

Your recent gardening buys.

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 09:07

Tootles- the only problem is that it's 4 by 2 or 2 by 4, but you have to buy it in 2.4 or 3.6 metre lengths! 

I bought chicken wire and compost - not very exciting, but necessary. The chicken wire is to make a cage to put over the bulk of the pond to give the spawn a chance to survive the marauding magpies 

Moss problem on lawn

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 09:04

You can always have a gravel garden Mandy. As long as the soil's prepared before you plant, there are loads of shrubs and perennials which will be happy there. After planting, use gravel as the mulch. Far better to look at than a poor lawn, and better for water drainage. The maintenance can be easy too if you pick the right plants.

You'll get lots of suggestions here for a mix of evergreens, shrubs and perennials if you decide to do that. 

With the right plants, you can have an attractive, year round garden which benefits everyone  

Shrubs in pots for screening

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:57

I'd use something like the columnar yews there Abbie. Bamboo can be very hit and miss in containers. You could try Escallonia in containers. Get the biggest containers you can manage though - whatever you plant. Many hedging plants will also grow in containers - Privet certainly will. You'll have to be vigilant with care as C.Rose says though. 

Preferably, build something more substantial like a decent raised bed, so that you have more scope. For a little bit of initial effort, it makes a better growing medium and gives plants a better chance of establishing and growing well. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:50

Morning all/afties Pat - you've been busy  

Damp and cloudy here now,cloud and sun for today supposedly, so I may get the grass cut later.

A couple of tomatoes have germinated so that's good. I don't sow them early, no where to put them as the growhouse won't keep them cosy enough till next month. I need to start moving everything that's next to the fence. pots and in the ground,  so that the builders can get in. Not sure where I'll put them...

Hope everyone slept well and those who are poorly are on the mend. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 22:30

You went a walk today RB 

Camera Talk

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 22:08

It was around 1900 feet where I found the spawn. There were several little pools not far away but froggy clearly didn't fancy them   If anyone had seen me scooping it all into my flask,  they'd have thought I was mental  

Views were tremendous - glad I went out. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 21:55

Should we whisper RB?  

I missed the National but I caught up with it later. Looked a good race.

Plenty of plants for a share of 70 smackers 

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