Latest posts by Margaret7

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Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 09:22

Thankyou all, (too many names to list) for your kind. I feel quite at home already,and it is so nice to chat with like minded people who have the same passion as myself.

I hope to chat again soon

wet soil

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:55

plant Gunerras, there are lots of different ones around, also ligularia, they will love a boggy bottom (pardon the pun)

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:52

I have gardened for many years Heather,but only became involved with this website last week, and I too am amazed at how helpful,friendly and informative everyone is.
i have learnt, and in fact been reminded, so much with all the comments it has already become a part of my day.

Good luck with your garden, and I too need a catchy screen name.

Could I propagate a Rosemary?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:57

I think a heel cutting would be best - If you have I player then you could watch the Tatton Park show - the second one - and Carol Klein does a heel ccutting on a salvia, but it is the same.

However, Rosemary is usually a hardy perennial, it like good drainage and not to much water.

Hope that helps a littlre

Winter protection

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:53

Sounds very professional, again I am envious not just that you are having a greenhouse, but that you can build it yourself.

Maybe I will look on ebay and leave igt lying around and hopefully one of my sons will take the hint when they visit.

Let me know how it goes, and pictures too.

Winter protection

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 14:15

Looks great James-Can you come and build me one tooooooooooo!!!!!?????? I am very envious.

Good Luck! and baby steps till you really get back your health back.

i have a physical disability and like you, i keep going and enjoy my garden.

Winter protection

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:02

i take cuttings of any plants I am concerned about.Obviously I protect, but just in case I know I will have some in reserve.This reduces the amount of space needed to over winter in tunnels etc. 

Bubble wrap is good in large areas ie protecting a cold greenhouse, but for pots it can cause too much mositure and mold and fungi etc can take hold.

I also have a cold frame, doesn't need to be big, i made mine out of old planks and a double glazed door which I got out of a skip(with permission)

You can buy fleece quite cheaply to wrap pots in but they are best grouped to help protect each other if you go that way.

Polytunnels are also cheap to make with wood, plastic piping and covered in a heavy duty plastic which can also be used all year round to grow under.

I unfortunately can not afford a greenhouse, but if you can, this is the best way forward as you will get use from it all year, protection in winter, and growing in summer, ie toms, cucumbers peppers etc.and of course bringing on those cuttings ready to plant out

Hope I have helped, but you need to consider what direction your garden is facing -regarding sun and wind.Prevailing wind in England is South Westerly but with climate change I think we are all realising the wind can come from any direction at any time??!!!! Good Luck

Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:55

Yes, i was amazed to see his ratio last night on Gardners world, as I say I have done this for many years, and a good few years back on Gardners World (I think) One of the lady presenters who is no longer on the show, also did the netttle feed etc. and she advised the 10-1 ratio??? So I am confused, but think it is just down to the density of the feed and I do just vary it should it be a little weaker or stronger.I think it also depends how long it has been brewing, I usually use mine after 2-3 wks

Sorry if i clouded the issue.

Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 11:21

The ususual ratio is 10-1.that is ten parts water to one part feed - hope that helps.

Thanks Alan for your advise re drying first, will be a great relief for all. hehe

sorry Alan,Didn't understand your reference to all the question marks hope I haven't asked too much of you but your help is gratefully received but unfortunately any dandelions i find go to our rabbit-hehehe but will try anyway.

Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 15:23

I have used both feeds for years with excellent results and understood the significance of their breakdowns. I also make a feed out of Rhubarb leaves. I was told about this many years ago, but do not have the breakdown for this as above outlined by Alan for Nettle and Comfrey feeds so if anyone has any info, I would muchly appreciate it.

I was pleased to see Monty making some this year, as I have given it away to my neighbours and feel vindicated in my efforts, however we all agree it does smell somewhat  so as a group we tend to feed at night and in particular if a shower is forcast which helps it get into the ground and keeps the "pong"!! at bay.

Thanks Alan 

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