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Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:43

OH has agreed that I can replace mini polytunnel (6 ft by 4ft) with a Gardman heavy duty polytunnel. (3m x 2m). They are half price at £80 at the garden centre. I have £7.50 worth of vouchers so £72.50. We will fetch it Sat morning as it is 2 man lift and won't fit in my car. The cover has gone on the old one, so I will use  the frame as racking in the new one.  Funny thing about greenhouses, they are never big enough. Then I can get stuff to harden off out of the greenhouse, rearrange the nursery area,

busy, busy, busy....


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:08

ITV weatherman says its going to feel like Autumn. Did I miss Summer?

I'm not allowed to go up ladders when I'm on my own. Mind you, the new 15ft tripod ladder needs two of us to move it.   and I daren't go near the chainsaw.





Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:41

I already thought of that, punkdoc.  OH is away and I didn't have a phone in my pocket. I did think as I lay flat on my back, that if I knocked myself out, I would be missed sometime on Saturday. I didn't get knocked out and there is no bump coming up. Just the plastic bucket damaged I think. Still I'm being good and sticking to coffee. Dangerous things , wheelbarrows. It doesn't help that the garden is terraced and there are two sets of steps to bump down. At least I'm not trying to barrow it uphill. The muck pile is by the back gates. Very useful for Mr Farmer to drop it and leave it for when I'm ready.

The other casualty, the hellebore stem is looking droopy. I think I will take off the flowers and float them in water.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:29

Kef and mrs  Garden.  feed the brugmansias with tomato feed. Phostrogen or tomorite or comfrey feed.  Mine aren't even sprouting yet.(the old ones in the greenhouse). I forgot to say. One of the rooted cuttings in the 6 inch pots had a solitary bee making a nest in it. No idea if I've still got it, or one of you have it.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:23

Kef , it's been so mild, your cannas are probably ok. Have a ferret around to see if the root is still there.. Or was it underwater? Its spitting with rain here now.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 15:52

I decided to shift a barrow load of muck. Backing up a full barrow, my hands slipped and I went over backwards. Cracked a plastic bucket with my head!!. Good job they're not the old galvanised sort. Memo to OH. The new barrow needs some non slip handles. The wind has decapitated by new double yellow hellebore. The main stem snapped off at the base. It was setting seed as well. I've put it in a vase in the house, but  it makes an awfully expensive cut flower.  I hope the root will send up some new leaves and then reflower next year.

So now i've come in. I'll read a book I think, its safer.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:21

 Paeony mlokosewitchsii  shoots and chionodoxa


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:06

I've just evicted a very large bumble bee from the living room. A wren is working around the bulbs in pots. Mrs mallard seems to have left the drake on the nest. They are now coming one at a time for a feed, and then heading back towards the canal/river. Blackbirds are gathering material for nests.Snowdrops are fading, but the daffodils are taking over. Its certainly Spring here, even if the temperature has reverted to normal for this time of year.

Very slopping area

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:41

I hope your father has recovered well.

Terracing to give a level lawn is excellent idea. You may need a ramp to get mowers up and down. I like the idea of a waterfall and pond, and even a rockery at the side of the stream. You will need an area to hide the pump and filters.

Chitted Spuds & Green Bugs

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:34

Probably aphids. Just squidge them or brush them off or even rinse them under a tap. Aphids can pass on viruses that reduce the yield.

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