Green Magpie

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Late vegetable bed

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:52

Another thought (apart fro my misspelling of "too"!) : 8 ft wide is not very manageable. Have you thought about how you're going to reach the middle of the bed without treading on the soil? Would two narrower beds be feasible? 

Late vegetable bed

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:48

You could also get some quick salad leaves in at that time.

Are you sure about the roses? Won't they be to tall, and make it difficult to tend the veg plants?

Runner beans and dwarf beans

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:44

Unless it warms up quite a bit, beans will struggle in these temperatures.  I am about to sow mine but won't put them outdoors until it's quite a bit warmer, hopefully in the 2nd half of May. I think it best if you can re-pot them and keep them under cover for a while yet.


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:09

I have a cutting from the Independent, May 2014, explaining that soluble aspirin sprayed on to plants can help them resist disease such as blight. There is serious research quoted, and it sounds feasible. For tomato blight, it has to be done before the disease starts, and the dose is 250 to 400mg aspirin to a gallon of water, 2 or 3 times a month. The organic alternative is willow water.

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 14:03

Or keep a few sheep?

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 09:25

Look, my husband used to have a boat! Now there WAS an expensive hobby, and one you can only enjoy on certain occasions. Gardening is very modest in comparison, and pays you back handsome dividends  - flowers, trees, fruit, vegetables, wild life to watch, and a lovely space to spend time in, alone or with friends and family. 

Productive soft fruit plot

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 21:39

I grow parsley and coriander around my fruit bushes. I sow the parsley on the shady side, so that the shadow of the bushes will stop the soil from drying out too much. Salad crops can be grown the gaps too, or you could try chives. 

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 21:34

Think what it would cost to buy yourself - or for someone to buy you - a nice bunch of flowers once a week.  If you spend that on seeds, bedding plants or shrubs, you get so much extra value that can last for years. And look at what some people spend on stuff for indoors - cushions, clocks, candles, vases - and yet the things you buy for the garden give you so much more. Plants and seeds work for you, and give you back such a return on your investment, it's money well spent! (Well, we all know that. I'm just suggesting some ways of justifying it to others.)

Has anybody got any tips?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 21:21

WD 40 can also help shift stubborn sticky labels.


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 21:19

They may not breed true, but you could produce a unique hybrid!  They are all so lovely, what have you got to lose?

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