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Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:37

Great pic and glad you all had a good time. I imagine plenty of ice cream was eaten. I had some yesterday at home - just to keep you company of course...

BB- I not only had a teenager washing up last night - I had one making the dinner. She stops being a teenager in a couple of weeks though - does that mean she's officially 'an adult'...

Under Attack!

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:21

Early days Tony. I know it's disappointing when you've done all the prep and you feel you should have a green sward with no trace of weeds anywhere, but  grass is an ongoing job. Lyn's right - a weed and feed will get rid of most of the weeds but you'll always get some seeding in from elsewhere so you just have to keep up the maintenance. If it's any comfort - I moved into this house just over a year ago. The front grass was mainly weeds. It had a feed which encouraged the grass, followed by a weed and feed, and the grass was in good heart after that. It's had another application this spring and will get a liquid seaweed feed soon just to give it a boost as it's been very dry. There are very few weeds in it now, and while it isn't a bowling green, it's nice and green and healthy. 


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:02

Morning all.

Cup of tea to drink and a look round before I can  make any contribution! Garden all seems to be thriving and no major snail/slug damage. 

You lot all seem to stay up very late. Is there an irony in the fact that my favourite Iris is called 'Night Owl'....

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 17:00

I have just discovered a load of caterpillars hatching on my new blackthorn hedge - they're tortoiseshells or peacocks which were in the garden last year enjoying the buddleia. There wasn't much plant life in the garden a year ago but it's great to see more wildlife enjoying what I've put in during the last twelve months.

I've left a couple of nettles to grow in a corner too.

Should I open my mini greenhouse?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 12:05

I just leave mine open about a foot LB. 

Cold Frames

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 12:04

Winter- I grow basil indoors. I just sow thinly  in 3" pots of ordinary compost and leave them on  sunny windowsills and then split them up into clumps when they're big enough. I tend to leave it till about May so that they grow away quickly so perhaps that's the reason they do well. I did some two weeks ago and it's about an inch high and needs splitting up already. 

Should I open my mini greenhouse?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:51

Ventilation's as important as heat and light for anything in greenhouses and those plastic ones get horrendously hot - even on cooler days. I have tomatoes in mine and I haven't fully shut them overnight for the last few weeks. I'm in the centre of Scotland and we don't  get such high temps overnight either but I still keep the covers open a bit.

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:41

Joe - you're right about being non threatening. Careful negotiation is the only way. Doesn't matter that Ian's in the 'right' - farmers can be very good allies, but very bad enemies. I've seen it happen many times. 


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:35

If I don't 'see' you later OL - hope you have a lovely day and all goes well.  I've waved the wand so the   weather will be fine for you  

Panda - if you're around - I've PMd you about the plants - they've been posted. 

Cup of tea and then on with some work outside 

Fungus on ones strawberries!!

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:22

They'll be fine Clari. Let them get a bit more robust and you'll get a nice crop next year. They're tough plants but they'll  just need a bit of time to get healthy. You'll get some runners to take from them later  to build up your stock. 

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