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Latest posts by jo4eyes

Bare rooted aquilegia

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 15:06

I agree, wait & see. They should be fine if the pots are now tucked up by a wall ie in shelter for the time being. They do tend to develope longish tap roots, so dont always transplant easily when bigger plants.

The season is at least 2 weeks behind normal, so plenty of time to decide where you ultimately want the plants to grow. By then they should look better J.

New bed is on a layer of paving about 12-18 inches deep -help!

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 15:01

We've discovered a similar situation at daughter's new, to her, garden.

Some bright spark has dumped a layer of tarmac, luckily thin & breaking up, underneath what had previously been a bed in front of where we know a greenhouse had stood.

So the job for this season/yr is to try & remove as much as possible & eventually will need a small skip- joy- as lots of other rubble/rubbish is coming to light as we explore.

Oh well, planters this yr for her veg/salad crops & hopefully by the Autumn we can have achieved some clearance. With my dodgy knee, back & arm & daughter's back this could take a long time.....

Good luck. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 14:53

Well it has rained, but have a dodgy knee at the mo, so any gardening is out of the question, drat.

Bright with the odd shower & gales here in WManchester today. 15-16C.

OH & me have just had to replace 2 of the greenhouse roof panels. They are elderly polycarbonate panels fitted yrs go when we had vandalism problems. Anyway I noticed that they were missing, so went to find them. No sign anywhere, nor down adjacent alleyway- a real puzzle. Then I noticed that the next set appeared to have slipped, only to discover the missing panels!! They'd 'folded' over!

Anyway I still had an old glass panel in the shed, so that, plus 1 of the polycarbonate panels are now really firmly fixed in place. Good, because, knee permitting, I need to start moving seedlings, shooted dahlias etc down into there now the weather is warmer. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:54
archiepem wrote (see)

north manchester dull day and the first rain for weeks here but  warmer . looking like a good weekend to get stuck in . 

Yes it actually rained later yesterday. Not much granted, but quite steady. We still need more so I can mulch the borders.

Today is surprisingly bright, but am waiting on a delivery so stuck - wait a bit, it's just gone through the letterbox! Yay, so will be going outside next to start chucking chicken manure pellets around, joy.

More rain pleeze, say overnight, so ground nicely soaked through so I can get mulching! J.


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:47

Dont just think spare cardboard- toilet/kitchen roll inners & used kitchen towels/paper serviettes, that havent been used for mopping up chemicals, all go into mine.

Snotty paper tissue, no, those go down the loo! J.


Posted: 11/04/2013 at 16:28

I'm another who permantly leaves the tap open with a large glass jug beneath. That way I can spot signs of possible blockage, ie no liquid, & deal with it promptly.

Empty, plus lid, milk bottle cartons are used for the liquid which I try to dilute, very approximately, at 10water:1liquid. Great food for my permanent plants in pots/containers. As my wormery is outside the back door it's conveneient to add to it little & often. Great when weather too cold/wet to trot down to bottom of garden to my main bins.

The resulting compost is fine in texture & I sometimes add it to my other compost for planting, or use as a neat mulch on any bare soil that needs it. Other times I've used it as an accelerator for my bigger bins & vice versa if the wormery seems less active. J.

Tree Roots / Fence Posts

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:45

If you're a tenant then surely it's the landlord's responsibility?

Under normal circumstances, I'd say check the deeds to establish who does actually own the fence, but that's not something you can do.

I think you're going to have to keep asking the landlord about this. If the fence is the neighbours' one even if jointly owned by the 2 properties, then it's up to the owner of your property to ask the neighbour etc. I certainly wouldnt supply & fit your own panels unless it states specifically in your aggreement that you are responsible for that fence, which doesnt seem likely as you personally dont own the property.

Who paid for/had the tree cut down? You can hire stump grinders, but again why should you? If for instance, the cooker broke in the kitchen as a tenant I would have thought your landlord is responsible for the cost of repair/replacement. Not if the house was unfurnished though, but you can see where I'm coming from.

Good luck in attempting to dig down/cut through any roots. With a stump of that size it wont be easy. Am sure that there are stump killers still available to the domestic market to use, but IME they take 4-5yrs for the material to rot down. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:30

Good luck with the Meconopsis GG. It's one of those plants that just doesnt like me/my garden. Tried 3x, no joy, so wont do again, costs too much!

My pain isnt chronic yet, I hope. Some caused by pulled back muscle, initially done when a student, which must be pressing on the sciatic nerve. Knee by climbing an Austrian mountain- I did it though!! on the first day of a holiday when wasnt totally fit. Rest is a side-effect of current medication, which I cant change.........oh & arm problem a side-effect of surgery couple of yrs back which will apparently re-occurr from now on! Drat! I will keep on gardening, thus setting things off again, so I winge, take painkillers & try & carry on as normal. J.

Fritillary (Snakes Head)!!!!

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:19

They prefer moister soil, but cope well if dryer too, providing they're not in full sun.

Watch out for Lily beetle attack too, sorry. J.

plants for part shade/ full shade

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:16

How could I forget Hellebores- some bigger than others, in flower now.

Also Euphorbia amygdaoides-Robbiae, yes can be invasive, but copes very well in dry shade & easily pulled up when nec.

Hardy fuschias too will cope, some obviously taller than others. J.

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Care & maintenance of elderly Bramley apple trees.

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