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Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 08:10

Good morning all. After several days of rain it's dawned bright and sunny today so I've had a wander about the front garden to see if anything needs to be done. Everything seems to be getting on with growing now that we have had a good drink of rain and now sunshine and some warmth...although this morning felt rather autumnal.

I thought I'd give an update on the front garden today, nothing much is being done to the front for the moment except keep things tidy but one thing I did want to show was the plant supports I built for one of the front garden borders. 

Recycled out of scrap wooden crates...the sort that paving slabs get delivered in, I screwed them together to look like sheep hurdles, purchased some Chestnut posts to keep the rustic/rural look and placed them into the border where last year a lot of the tall plants, Peonies, Oxeye Daisies had been blown to destruction after some stormy spring weather.

So here is what they looked like when first installed last autumn

And now the plants have started growing up through and around them

Is this what farmers call black grass?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:57
Dovefromabove says:

No, that's Carex pendula 

The Black Grass that farmers have problems with (and which is developing a resistance to herbicides) is this one 

which is an annual weed. 

See original post

 Thanks for that Dove, I did do a search on the internet for pictures and the seed heads did look similar which made me wonder. At least now I can use it in the garden somewhere.

Is this what farmers call black grass?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:36

I've had this growing in a part of my back garden for a few years now but I'm wondering if this is what farmers call black grass. I understand that it causes them a lot of problems in their cereal crops.

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 13:03

Well a quick update with the raised bed. I've been doing some work on the wildlife pond end of the world.

I wanted to get the bed of sand the pond will sit on started so it was use up the last boxes of mugs from work plus a couple of bags of old kitchen tiles again, rubbish from work as well as some bits of brick that I have for another project.

Into the hole with them all and start crushing them up

Once I'd used that all up it was in with the 2 bags of sharp sand I had and tamp it down and level it off.

It wasn't enough sand to give me the height I wanted so I've put a broken paving slab in there as well to get the height and I'll get more bags of sand to finish filling up the area.

I'm back indoors now for a fish finger lunch and a sit down to rest my back

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 10:52

Well Sunday morning and the weather is nice...despite the forecast for rain, so more time out in the garden although not all the time as I have other jobs to get done this weekend.

Checking on my first post I noticed that some of the photos and text have been chopped off. I understand there is a size limit to postings so if they have too many pics or too much text then they get chopped. So here are the pics again of the finished potting table I built out of recycled timber from a garden shed and wood pallets from work. Just finished it off with a set of shelves to hold some window sill planters...yet to be planted at the moment.



Also my recycled soil sieve...actually the cover from a large desk fan that was being thrown out.

I've got patent pending on that so don't the rest of you get any ideas!!!

Is there a size limit to postings on the forum?

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 14:03

I've started a thread on here showing goings on in my garden and while posting some updates today I noticed that my first posting has been chopped off. So the text finishes partway through a sentence and some of the photos are missing.

The posting was a bit photo heavy as well as a good bit of text so is there a limit to how much you can have in anyone posting?

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 13:55

Well quick update while I'm having my lunch. The plug plants did turn up, many thanks T & M and for the voucher as well because there weren't the variety of plants. That will get spent as soon as I can afford to.

It does mean that I now have lots of Verbena & Coreopsis but the plants will all get used. Well it was a lucky dip after all.

Right I have got the plastic planter tub emptied and now it's in the rough place where it will become the wildlife pond. Just needs a good clean out and a level bed of sand to sit on.

With all the things going on with the back garden I'm forgetting about the front. Not much will be happening in the front but my Spirea seems to be going great guns at the moment. Will have to try getting some cuttings from it.

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 08:55

Good morning all...well the bank holiday weekend has arrived and I won't be going into work for any firewood chopping so it's out in the garden. Main job is to start filling up the raised bed. 

Bags of 20mm gravel for a column up the sides to help with the drainage. I have a couple of bags of 10mm gravel as well to mix in with the clay soil to help break it up and make it easier to work. It should have been 3 bags but for some reason although I bought 3 bags I only transported 2 bags back from the builders mother always said my maths was never good!!!

I also have a couple of bags of sharp sand for the plastic tub that will become the wildlife pond to sit on, whether I get as far as that I don't know has that plastic tub is full of the soil that will be going back into the raised bed so needs to be emptied first.

And bags of compost to add to break up the soil a bit. I didn't realize that the compost had a high peat content...I had done some internet searching and everyone seemed to be raving about this brand and it did seem to be the cheaper of the options at the nursey/garden centre. I'm trying to garden as environmentally as possible so would have preferred peat free, but this is my own fault for not looking properly but it will get used and mixed in with other soil and my own compost as I also don't really have the time to get it back and exchange it.

Also had some new seed packets arrive on Friday, all able to sow in April and May so there is that to get done and I'm still waiting on some lucky dip perennial plant plugs from T & M...hoping they will turn up today.

Coreopsis pest problem and what to do about it

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:42

Thanks for all the advice. I haven't noticed any slime trails. I did find a tiddler slug hiding on one of the other plastic trays that I've bought indoors so he immediately went outside and I've checked on all the other trays and no sign. Got back this afternoon after work and no sign of anymore damage but i'll keep an eye on them. Hopefully there'll be no more damage on them so I can put them into bigger pots before they go out in the garden.

I didn't get any echinacea in my collection which I was a bit disappointed with, but I'm still due a perennial lucky dip to arrive so I'll keep my fingers crossed that there are some in there.

Coreopsis pest problem and what to do about it

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 21:31

I recently took delivery of a mix of plant plugs from T&M recently, a special offer mixture of plants. I potted them up with some compost to let them get bigger before putting them in the ground. I also bought them into the house as my plastic green houses was falling apart so wasn't staying warm.

But I have noticed that the odd leaf as started to fall over, looking like it has been eaten away half way down the stalk for that leaf. It was on just one plant but now spread to 2. I presume this is some sort of aphid type pest. Before it gets worse is there anything I can do to stop any of my other plants being eaten before I can get them into the ground.

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