Green Magpie

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Slugs and coffee grounds - a fatal attraction?

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 20:04

I think coffee grounds are somewhat acidic, so you might want to restrict their use to lime-hating plants, or at least avoid using them on things like brassicas.

The Storm With No Name hits our garden

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 22:25

Yesterday's gale, now being called The Storm With No Name, hit us hard here in Devon.  Our boundary fence started collapsing in several places, and worse than that, a timber arch collapsed completely, along with several.plants that had been twining up it for years. A climbing hydrangea snapped right through the stem as it fell, while a well establised clematis and a passion flower have had to be chopped right back.

One reason we had so much damage is that the wind was from the northwest, which is quite an unusual direction. It's really sad to lose plants that simply can't be directly replaced.

I'm not looking for a solution, just sympathy! Did anyone else suffer garden damage yerterday?

Frogs spawn everywhere!

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 22:13

If you get a hard frost, it can kill frog spawn,  but the frogs will probably replace it before long. I haven't noticed any spawn in our pond yet but have heard frogs croaking, so there's at least one frog who's up for it!

Seed Bed?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 10:21

Four feet wide sound fine to me. You shuld be able to reach the middle from either side quite easily. Some of my beds are four feet, some four and half, and the latter are a bit of a stretch but still manageable, and I'm an average sized female.

Clear plastic cups

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 09:00

I use those clear plastic cartons that grapes, paeches etc are sold in as mini-cloches. They do tend to blow away, though, so I secwurd them with sticks or tent pegs pushed into the ground via one of the holes in the base (which is now the top).


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:50

Love your photo, Chris!  Sorting out the seed packets and planning the next season's crops is such an exciting thing to do at this dull time of year. Roll on the spring!

Aldi bargains

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 20:44

I think the perennials at Aldi were £1.99. Just small ones, in 3 or 4-inch pots, but they mostly looked quite healthy. Foxgloves,  acillea, ersyimum, coryopsis were ones I spotted.

Aldi bargains

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:49

I think I'd have cautious expectations of things like fruit trees from Aldi, but the little potted perennials and the tools and hardware items looked pretty good.

Aldi bargains

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 12:51

If you are near an Aldi store, it's worth calling in at the moment for some great gardening bargains. Our store has:

Little potted perennials

Fruit trees

Little bedding plant plugs

Stainless steel hand tools

Seed trays, flower pots etc

Seed compost,  perlite

Blood fish and bone

Gardening gloves

and more, all at bargain prices.

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 22:14

Yes, I would second the recommendations for "Food from Your Garden and Allotment" (Readers' Digest). It has useful ideas about how to use and store the produce as well as grow it.

And the Hessayon "Expert"book is my constant companion. I even have two copies, one for indoors and one for the shed. Although it's been around for decades and is stilla bit dated, it has been updated from time, and now has a section on raised beds. It's the handiest book to remind you about spacings, planting depth,  when to sow and harvest, etc.

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