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How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 13/12/2011 at 17:33

I found Adam's blog on the No-dig methodin Gardeners Musings butstrainedtoreadthescript for the first time.  Is there a way we oldies can enlarge it?  Yes, i was wearing my glasses.

Talkback: The no-dig method

Posted: 13/12/2011 at 17:28
At the age of 83 I am ready to try the no-dig method. Luckily 47 years of manuring my clay soil with cow,horse,poultry, manure and mushroom compost has given mr the good soil to do it in. Sometimes back pain is caused, not by overworking muscles not used to such exertion but too low temperatures so always remember to warm up. When I belonged to the Keep-fit Movement I learnt to do 15 minutes of warm up before I tackled big jobs and still do my "Bend, Stretch and Twist".
Bean trenches I gave up when I got myself a wormery some ten years ago and they gobble up all my peelings now, but I'm still giving away loads of runner beans every year.
I went to a lecture on the No-dig method and the slides showed beautiful veg. but the secret seems to be ever vigilance with the weeding. You will still get the seeds brought in by the wind.
Anyway , watch this space, Adam, as I nearly have enough saved for my deep beds to be built and I will save all the cardboard I can at Xmas.
Incidentally, in Edmonton, Canada, where my sister used to live, the only way to grow veg. outside, because the permafrost did not disappear till May. was in compost on top of the frozen ground - no digging possible and they grew runner beans in their front gardens for display and the hummingbirds!


Posted: 13/12/2011 at 11:46

The hedychiums outside are well mulched for the winter in the Bristol Botanic Garden but they also have to be netted against mice when they emerge in the spring.  Mice seem to love them.  The more tender species are in the greenhouses in large pots.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 13/12/2011 at 09:57

My goodness you have all been working hard at Gardeners World  Thank goodness for the Xmas break coming up when I hope you all have a well-deserved rest.  I've watched with great interest as the snags were eliminated and used the site more and more, Looking forward to additions in the NewYear which I am sure is going to be a great one for you all.

Favourite tools

Posted: 13/12/2011 at 09:44

Oh, secateurs, Kate.  There always seems to be something needing pruned back from the paths in my garden.  Otherwise i woud be getting scratched or poked in the eye frequently.  And an old dinner fork for weeding in my pots.  The broken end of an old spade handle I also find useful for holes for potatoes or leek planting or planting bulbs.  But when my small fork and trowel were lifted from the garden recently I could not wait to beg, borrow "not steal" them from friends and neighbours.  Luckily I was fortunate to replace them by winning a competition which had a bag of tools as part of the prize. I soon found out when they disappeared that "the workman is only as good as his tools"

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 12/12/2011 at 12:39

Should be "Crispum Whiteside, of course!  Hailstones have frozen my fingers.  I expect you know to keep your thalluses very damp, Linda.  Good luck.

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 12/12/2011 at 11:38

Being of the oldest generation of gardeners I love my ferns.  We havr just had a hailstorm in Bristol so, of course ,I went up the garden with my camera and took these pictures of Dryopteris digitata "Crispum Whireside", a primula flowering among the fallen leaves, and rosebuds atop Iris unguilaris and a close-up.

I love the new site and the tool bar!!!

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:49

The early potatoes and onions shown here are in an oblong which is a tenth of the breadth of the veg. patch and a twentieth of the length.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:43

So does the design team have any ideas for my new  - potager style - on the site of the old one which I have been digging and manuring for 47 years?  I have been religiously saving for its construction since last April.  It sits almost dead in the middle of my very long garden and is oblong in shape.  At my age I have decided to become No-Dig so raised beds are the order of the day and somewhere to sit and put my tools and drink flask are mandetory.  One thing is very important - the reputation my garden has for exceptional ptoductivity must not be jeopardised and good wildlife must be encouraged.  i will try to find

a photo that shows where the veg, patch is in relation to the rest of the garden.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:19

I have a garden with many rooms and treat them as so many smallgardens so that I can manage them one at a time.  The only one with circles in it will be the five Olympic rings next year.  But I find that growing upwards in a lot of the rooms makes for vistas and screens that make the garden interesting and I'm sure that could be done in a small garden too.

Obelisks or wigwams with sweetpeas up them work a treat in Hidcote. Roses, golden hop  and vines work well in the Bristol Botanic Garden.  I think smal gardens can look bitty so suggest a fairly large patch occasionally in the borders of the same one or two plants like this border of alliums and lavender near the veg, garden at the Holt Farm Organic Garden to bring in the pollinators.

Discussions started by happymarion

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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

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