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Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 17:01

It's useful for getting the menfolk out of the house, and out from under their wives feet.

However,  being female, I have never double dug. I usually just fork the soil over, enough to tickle in any compost or FYM.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 16:22

That reminds me, i have some Lucifer to split up.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 16:05

If you dig them up and separate them,the new bulb will be at the top. Old bulbs below that can be thrown away A congested clump will have chains of bulbs, only the latest years will flower.  When you replant them,give the soil a handful of fertiliser and/or compost and space them a few inches apart.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 10:08

Good morning everyone. Blue skies here. I'm off to the supermarket, then more decorating. OH helped me cut the paper to length, but then had to go back to Newcastle again as his mother was hospitalised yesterday morning . His brother had to phone an ambulance, as his mothers chest infection got worse despite antibiotics, and she is struggling to breathe. His sister has come back from Wales, and they are taking it in shifts to sit with her. The consultant doesn't have much hope, as her lungs are filling up and her kidneys failing. He says they will keep her comfortable,and it will just be time. Last time she went into hospital,(fighting all the way and assaulting 2 ambulancemen, a paramedic and a doctor at the time) they gave her weeks to live, and put end of life care in place. The carers were exceptionally good, because that was four years ago. However I think that this time they are probably right. Alzheimers is a very cruel disease.

Not a very good start to the new year. Sorry to start on a downer, but I may be missing for a bit, sorting stuff out.

Evergreen blocker

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 09:53

I have a hawthorn tree on the boundary. It has a rose growing over it, and a jasmine growing over it. The jasmine is rarely pruned. It is still in full leaf, and although it will drop its leaves, it is not without them for long before new growth starts. There is also a clematis montana running through.This gives a succession of flowering, and rose hips and haws for the birds. Its actually quite difficult to tell its a hawthorn under there.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 21:12

Read a book.

Lots of gardening books to choose from. Start with Gertrude Jekyll, move onto Marjorie Fish, Vita sackville West, Christopher Lloyd, and Beth Chatto.

 Then replan your garden on paper, and get out the seed catalogues.

August bloomers

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:55

Sweet peas should be in full bloom in August from a spring sowing.  Lots of different colours available.

Dahlias are good for cutting for table decorations. small pompom ones would be best

.Phox paniculata are still flowering through August.

seed/plug trays

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:54

expanded polystyrene will keep heat out as well as hold it in. I have used  ep fish boxes for growing things in, but have always considered the air temperature that the plant leaves are exposed to , to be the most important factor. I use plug trays for cuttings, and have no problems.


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:12

Chicky, have you got any ropes that you could anchor the tree with? to at least make sure it falls in the right direction!!

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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Bug identification please.

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Identification needed

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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bluebells at Felley priory.

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