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Pruning lavender and rosemary

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:44

My apologies Swedeboy I was only half paying attention as I was doing something at the time. I always thought you could'nt cut into old wood with Lavender and am delighted to have learned now that you can if you bury it.

Pruning lavender and rosemary

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 17:54

I think it was lilac they were talking about no?

Birds nesting

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 18:24

It sounds to me like a price worth paying discodave, to have provided a home for those little birds this spring, well done you.

Spring -summer

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 16:50

Don't forget Crocus provide some early nectar as well.

Spring -summer

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 09:33

Quite often sweetwilliam are biannuals. Having said that I'm hoping for some flowers from the ones I sowed and planted out last year.

The Rudbeckia are great, mine lasted right through to the end of January this year. I grew Rustic Dwarf and previously Cheroke Sunset. Another plant that will give long months of colour is the Aquilegia, they can go on for ever and are a great link between spring and summer.

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 19:09

It always has to be Hurst Greenshaft for me. I've tried others but these gave me the sweetest peas I've tasted. They are good heavy croppers too. They were recommended to me by a friend on another forum and I've grown them sometimes with others and sometimes just on their own. From now on it'll be on their own unless something very special comes along.

Allotment Heavy clay heavy mud

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 17:33

You've had lots of good advice here and I can only give my experience. I got my plot a few years ago. Heavy clay, not much previous work done and waist high in weeds. I cut all the weeds down to the soil and covered as much as I could with heavy blue tarpaulin / plastic sheeting from a swedish company well known for selling furniture.... Meter by meter I worked that plot and took out by hand as many of the weeds that I could. It will take time but as has been said, using a rotovater only breaks up the roots, that is supposing you could get it through the mud.

It won't be easy but if you take it bit by bit then you'll get there eventually. There is'nt any point trying to work wet clay. I don't know where you live so don't know if you're likely to get much frost. I'd be inclined to cover what I can, it'll help dry out the clay and the lack of light should help the weeds die down.

As has been said, you'll need to add compost or / and manure to the beds to help make it more suitable for growing but there's still time for you to prepare a few beds for planting this summer. Don't forget that potatoes are good for breaking up the soil too, I grow them most years.  Best of luck.

slug pellets help

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 17:23
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Have read of this-----

and this

and the trillion discussions on cats in the garden

Thanks so much for this, I've found it very helpful.

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:26

That's great news about Chris Beardshaw joining the show. I've watched it for years and am delighted that this year so many more people will get the chance to see it.

What to sow in January

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 10:16

You could sow sweetpea now, I always sow in the autumn but again anytime now and I've been growing them for years.

Also what about Cornflowers and Calendula, they could be sown now too perhaps.

I do have a covered back yard with perspex as a roof so I can keep everything frost free.

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