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A-Z TV gardening

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 14:09

If Carol Kirkwood's programme, not that I've seen it, was the only one on TV there might be some cause for complaint, but there are others that cover different ground, so I think there's a case for living and letting live. But there's no chance of a gardening channel, so what you get is about all that's likely. There is plenty of stuff on the web, in books, in magazines, in newspapers, in garden centres and B&Q, not to mention friends and allotment neighbours, relating to practical techniques and problems, so actually information has never been more accessible. No TV programme can do other than scratch the surface in 30 or 60 minutes. You have to make up your mind whether you really want to do the hard work of finding out how to do things or whether you just want to be entertained.

Anyway, how did people manage to garden for the first 6000 years?

Monet's Garden, Giverney

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 13:53

It's not an enormous garden, Geoff, couple of acres probably - no great distance involved, so it's about your individual style of looking at things. We had a whole day there, but that included looking inside the house, which is very interesting - especially if you like Japanese art, walking up the village for lunch at the Hotel Baudy, a look in the Musee d'Art Americain, and un petit hommage at Monet's grave. So I would think if you could stretch your three hours to four you'd be fine.

In September the garden will be a mass of colour from dahlias, 'big daisies', hollyhocks and so on.

Infill for raised beds

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 13:27

The trouble is that you might change your mind about what you want to grow - for instance decide to grow a crop of new potatoes or parsnips. I've assumed that bigMAL's site is essentially reasonably drained, so I'd go for all soil and maximum flexibility.

Introduction

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 17:28

We're not as green as Precision Green.

Infill for raised beds

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 17:25

Apologies if this message appears twice - the computer just burped!

The best way is with soil, and add well-rotted compost and manure as you go. Make sure you inspect the supply source before you buy it, checking for weed and twitch infestation. Take two or three bucketfuls from various parts of the supplier's stock as samples; if it's in heaps, dig into the middle of the heap. When it's delivered, don't accept anything that doesn't match your samples - and no clay, builder's rubble, litter and so on. If they're not willing to show you where the soil came from and guarantee against perennial weeds then look elsewhere.

small bird watch

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 13:09

Only the missus

Talkback: Planting to cut winter fuel bills

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 15:30

Grandma, I think you should get the company to have a look at the problem. It will only get worse, so get them back to see if they've bodged it up.

Talkback: Gardening by the moon

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 15:22

I remember a few years ago participating in a massive thread on the BBC website about lunar and other planting. Despite numerous invitations, none of the supporters of this method could come up with any supporting evidence. As several posters have said above, you need to sow when you get a chance and when the weather and soil are suitable.

Unless an independent person or institution gets around to doing genuine, monitored, comparative trials - and someone might be able to point me towards some - I can only conclude that it's a lot of woffle.

I suspect that people who claim to get good results owe any success to the fact that, being slightly fanatical about it, they take particular care to get all the other variables right and so give the seeds/plants the best chance.

Tree ideas.

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 14:55

If you go for birch I would suggest making sure they are one of the very narrow varieties. I have some, but have forgotten the name! Katsura makes a very nice subject as well - there's something elegant about it.

Re-design

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 10:02

I'm not sure Luke will go for that option!

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