Latest posts by Fairygirl

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 17:27

Unless you just want a simple courtyard garden with pots, I'd remove a fair bit of that paving to give yourself a chance of having something attractive to look out at in winter, and to sit out in during summer. A couple of decent sized beds to create a nice, all year round environment would be easy to achieve and give you a lot of pleasure.  

Agree with Verd - get rid of the trees. They won't be happy as they are anyway without giving them some space at their ankles   

What is your weather like?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 08:18

Cold but dry here. Just above freezing now, but a nice layer of beautifully patterned ice on the car windscreen 

Cloud moving in and showers forecast.

Camera Talk

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:59

Liri - do you use Windows? I use their image editor. It's good 

Fasciation's always fascinating Hosta  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:57

Morning all and those to come, and afties Pat.

Looks like we've had a frost judging by the cars along the road. Cloud now. 

Glad doc is ok, although the neighbour might be more difficult to deal with than the flood  

The seeds I sowed last night aren't up yet Dove...that's a poor show....  

Salt mines for me - have a good day everyone.Stay warm, dry and  safe 

Removing paving stones to lay a lawn

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:52

It's what I've done here Matthew. Dove's advice is the same as mine. Mix well and break up the surface below the sand with a fork as well. Make sure the ground is firmed and levelled and leave it for a couple of weeks to settle before you lay your turf too. I added compost and extra grit as well ( heavy rainfall area) and sowed seed last summer. Grass is doing well. 

ID please

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 20:12

The phlox doesn't look too cheery though DE. I wouldn't hold out much hope for it... 

A couple of mine look like that. They'll be getting chucked and replaced with a white Arabis which is loving the site they're all in. You win some you lose some  

Tomato seeds

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 20:02

GD - you'll be fine. Sometimes we make thing more complicated than is necessary. Tomatoes are often seen as difficult but they're not really any worse than anything else! If you have any problems as you go along - get a pic on and you'll get plenty of advice.

Go with your gut instinct as far as watering and feeding is concerned. Too much food is unneccessary so that's one of the main things to remember. Other than that, plant deep each time you pot on, and remove sideshoots. Something I'm not sure has been mentioned is support -  get those in earlier rather than later - the stems break easily as they mature. I can vouch for that...

And then enjoy seeing them take shape - and then eating them!  

Late Summer/Autumn Clematis'

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 19:39

Etoile Violette would be ideal - it's a delight through late summer and into autumn. Similar aspect to what you have Redwing. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 19:34

I've sown my first seeds tonight - some sweet peas which are now out in the growhouse, and a few tomatoes. Also stuck some Acidanthera bulbs into pots which will be undercover for a while too. Still early here for anything much as they won't be able to go outside for ages, so that's about all I'll do for a few weeks.

Will probably do some lettuce and basil  during the next week, and the harebells I got recently.

Newbee - that's the problem with those growhouses. Mine's tied onto the fence with washing line right round the top of it. It's the only way really...

Tomato seeds

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 19:27

The most important thing is to be consistent with your regime. Watering when the foliage is drooping slightly and the top layer of compost is drying out is an ideal method, but if you do that, then stick to that. If you water slightly more frequently, don't then leave them for a week without any. You're more likely to have fruits splitting if you're inconsistent. 

Mine have to be undercover through summer as we don't get consistent night time temps, so I would have to water slightly more than someone with plants outdoors in the ground, for instance. Ventilation is important too. 

Once you get a feel for what suits your conditions, it becomes much easier  

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keep posting your non gardening photos here 
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