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Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:23

Sandy soil, dig in lots of FYM(well rotted ) every third year in veg patch (in rotation). If yo cant get that try mushroom compost. Use comost and above as mulch around permanent planting.

Buy compost with peat in for seedlings. Peat is useful for acid lovers, you can still buy it by the sack , but far too expensive for general soil conditioning.


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:19

very muggy here, but I've got two rows of peas in.

Coffee and a biscuit and then crack on with the onions.

Wildlife pond - Algae and Newts

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 09:05

I found that when the pump was going to circulate the artificial  stream, each year there would be at least two newts killed in the pump.


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:55

Its been drizzling here, so the soil should be damp enough for me to get the pea(hurst green shaft) plants in.  I started them in next doors mouse free conservatory. If I grow them in the greenhouse or straight into the garden the mice or voles eat them.  Some runner beans ready to go out, but half the old seed didn't germinate (only four years out of date, a packet I found in the back of the garage), so I've  put fresh in. Still plenty of time.

Onion plants to go in too. Leftovers will go to Mums neighbour for the allotment.

Mrs Mallard still turns up for the occasional feed. I presume the drake is on egg sitting duty.

Have a good day at Bressingham folks.

Any experience with Wysteria cuttings

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:34

Not strictly a cutting, but I found that the long whippy shoots will layer if pegged down. A year to root and two to flower in new position.

 This is the layered plant on its own roots. The grafted plant has not flowered this year.

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 07:56

Sorry,I won't be coming . Too much catching up to do and dads medicines to sort.

Maybe barnsdale gardens in Rutland next?

ID please

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:17

Thrift. Aka armeria maritima 

Can anyone identify this for my friend?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:46

Kiwi plant? Actinidia of some sort , I think 


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:40

Spring sown sweet peas soon catch up with autumn sown ones. The ones I have in bud germinated in the pod, so I put them in  some compost and neglected them for the winter. The new ones are catching up fast.


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:21

My washing line is the old fashioned line across the lawn type.

Hot here all day, reached _40 c in the greenhouse with the double doors open. I spent most of today either watering or drinking  long cooling drinks under the parasol.

The first sweet pea has opened and all the oriental poppy clumps have at least one flower open.

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Brugmansia cuttings.

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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

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