Latest posts by figrat

April in Your Garden

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 07:59
Maybe we should start a sandy soil thread! I too try and put as much organic material in as I can. My garden is walled, and there used to be a terrace of 5 1up-1 down cottages in here, which were demolished in the late 1940s. I guess they just levelled the stones, which has left me with lots of different levels to play with. The garden next door has a couple of mature beech trees, so in Autumn my garden fills up like a box of cornflakes. I shovel them into a big builder's dumpy bag and they rot down over the year, so at the moment I've got a dumpy bag full of leaf mould, all of which will go on the garden through this season. Last years leaves will be ready for next year...but it doesn't seem to make much difference! I also have 3 compost bins, and have about a binful of stuff ready to use. I try and improve the soil bit by bit, rather than spreading it all too thinly.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 18:09
My soil's very light and freedraining,Wintersong. Sometimes it feels as though I'm gardening in dust.

Pears that never ripen

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 14:37
Probably a silly question, but are you sure they're pears? The big, rock hard and yellow skinned description made me wonder whether they are quinces.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 14:31
Lovely day here. Only one shower, but that was when I was in a cafe having a cream tea in Widecombe. Off for a waddle round the garden.

Rain water

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 21:30
Have a look on the Greenfingers website. They've got what looks like square section kits on sale at the moment.

Poorly Rosemary

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 20:20
With gritty compost. You might want to cover pot with plastic bag or similar, leave in semi shaded spot and don't tweak for signs of root growth for at least a couple of weeks. Good luck.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:58
Rain finally eased off so will take PennyDog out for a stroll downtown. Pricked out some basil seedlings, 3-4 per pot. Planted up 3 Ripcity dahlia tubers from Sarah Raven, they were huge! Might try to take some cuttings when they start sprouting.

Gardening book

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:22
The RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening is very comprehensive, but not cheap. Maybe you could order a copy through your local library. I've built up a gardening library over the years, as I'm sure have many other posters.


Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:15
I have heard that some thrifty folk cut up old yoghourt pots and the like for labels.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:09
He was probably from HMRC.

Discussions started by figrat

Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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Plan bee

One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Overwintered runner bans

Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
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Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
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