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Lidl surprises

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:19

All I can say is go for it. They are really good at refunding if you are not happy. You just have to remember to keep the receipt. My brother in law bought a small rotovator from them some years ago. Just inside the 3yr period he got it out of the shed to prepare the ground and found it was faulty. He took it back and they refunded with no argument at all. I think they are great value, good quality and first rate customer service.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:12

I was unable to sow mine at the end of last year as usual and in this part of the country, way up north, it is far to cold to plant out until at least May. I am going to put some seeds in in about a week as if I sow them any earlier they get too big in the cold frame to protect from the frosts. Good luck with your white ones I had some last year and they are really stunning.

indoor cyclamen

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:08

My mother in law (bless her!) has one my husband bought for her over 10yrs ago. She waters it sparingly when it stops flowering and only removes dead leaves. It has gone on producing flowers year after year. I think there was a slot in one of the Gardeners World Magazines last year by Alan Titmarsh on how to keep them going ? Can't remember the issue though.

GW 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:05

Well I have not seen the second episode yet as I have to record it on Sunday morning( husband recording sport on Friday night!!!) . I agree with lots of the comments above, Monty does not look well , hope the spring helps as I know he struggles with the long dark days as do many of us. Really glad the show is back as whatever the subject it brightens my week. I agree that the "small garden" makes me smile and it would be great if they had a section on "really " small ones. I remember back in the day Gay Search did a series on small gardens and this was filled with good ideas for small spaces.

Perhaps the section would be improved if they included ideas on how to scale the projects  down, or smaller versions of plants to create the same effect. I don't think it matters where on the social scale people come from as long as they have a genuine passion for gardening, miss the allotment slot that Joe did some years back.

Still Glory Days at least it is back on our screens. Waiting for Berryfields now as it is really  relevant for those growing in the north of England.

Clay soil, digging it out

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 08:28

Hi Gooner9; I sympathise, but at least it is in only one spot. When I moved to my latest house I found that the whole site was on a very thick layer of clay so that even the fields behind do not drain well. I tried digging sumps but they just filled with water and the land was such that I could not put in land drains as this would just have moved the problem to my neighbours. In the end I grow on raised beds and where the lawn is, put half down to a bog garden and pond and for the grass brought in a load of top soil and raised the level so that the water does not show sitting on top of the grass even though it is just below the surface. The lawn does not seem to mind this at all and has grown well.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 14:59

Snowdrops still if full bloom and all the other bulbs are through and getting ready to do their stuff.  My roses of all sorts just have not given up trying to bud and grow since last spring. Shooting all the time; snow forecast however up here in Cumberland so they  may be in for another shock.

Just pulled the last of the Brussels sprouts and am still picking ruby chard leaves  and bits of greens. I do not have a greenhouse only a cold frame in a very draughty situation so chomping at the bit to get something going other that my autumn planted onions garlic and shallots! I will this year have to restrain myself as since moving back up north I am having to give planting times at least 4wks more than I have been used to further south.

Cold and very windy with grey skies but a great day to be out in the garden or the countryside.

Gardeners World on TV

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 14:50

double Hurrah!!!

Dealing with garden drainage--clay soil.

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:07

Hope this is not a repeat as lost my first attempt!!

Your tale sounds very familiar. I tried sumps and land drains but when it rains ; and believe me it really rains up here in Cumbria, they just backed up and drowned my fruit trees. ( have moved them and some have recovered thankfully) So as I said above I have resorted to raised beds for veg and for the rest relied on trial and error. I find hawthorn is a pretty good tree and is rowan, blackcurrant bushes don't mind having soggy feet and  much else I have planted as a bog garden.

The thing I most notice however is that in the 4yrs I have gardened here I have spotted not a worm!!! and I have dug all of the garden more than once. Last year I bought a job lot to release in my raised beds to help with incorporation of compost and mulch ; and have I seen any of them since? not a one. I am assuming this is a result of the great depth of clay and the height of the water table.

Growing potatoes in bags

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 16:20

I have grown in both bags and the ground for the last few years but this year am going to stick to bags only as the results have been much better with them. I have to say that I grow only first earlies

I do have a couple of purpose made potato bags but mainly just use old compost bags. They are basically free and just need some holes punched in the bottom.

As all have suggested above all production occurs above the tuber although I put about 4-6" of a mixture of garden soil and compost under to start them off. 

Dealing with garden drainage--clay soil.

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 16:14

I would proceed with caution. I moved to a garden on very deep layer of very  heavy clay soil. I discovered this only after almost drowning a fruit tree planted in our first year here. I dug a number of smallish soakaways but found that the ground flooded so much that they merely formed reservoirs of groundwater that eventually backed up and flooded the areas cultivated nearby! My situation was such that I coulld not drain the garden towards land drains or drain away to surrounding areas so have settled on raised beds as my only solution. I do incorporate as much plant material and sharp sand as is practicable but without the raised beds found this was not sufficient to grow fruit and vegetables successfully.

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