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Spawn 2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:40

Pond built May 2011, one lot of frogspawn last year, so far 9 lots this year.  Am thrilled.  Spotted the first lot last Friday.  However, despite sitting out in the dark and chill and keeping a good way away and not making a noise, haven't heard any croaking!!


First Spring Flowers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:24

Am in Herefordshire and like the rest of you everything is sprouting, including long buds on most of the clematis.  Also found two loads of frog spawn in the pondthis morning, two months earlier than last year!!!  Have to say I have a pink scabious that hasn't stopped flowering at all this winter.  Whats the betting we have a severe cold spell just as the blossom is coming out!!!  Sorry, don't mean to be pessimistic, especially as the sun is shining.


Posted: 27/09/2013 at 10:48

Don't give up James.  I have been slowly working away at my small plot, (unfortunately work gets in the way!!!!!), and get quite disheartened at times.  My energy levels have dropped the older I have got so everything takes so much longer to achieve.  I have turned this to my advantage tho, and just spend more time sitting to catch my breath, considering what needs to be done.  You have really inspired me with your blog, which I have just come upon, and I will be following with interest.




Posted: 29/08/2013 at 12:02

Grew differently this year - no grow bags, but planted toms in largish bottomless pots and in turn put these pots into even larger pots.  Superb crop and so easy to water.  Also put a banana skin in the top of each pot and just watered over it until it rotted down, seems to help keep up the potassium levels.  Fed on a regular basis with my own feed from nettles and comfrey (very smelly!!) but ran out of that a few weeks ago, now just using bought brand.  Lovely to read all your comments, can glean so much helpful information.  Thanks and good cropping.

Garden privacy - alternative to trees

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:49

Totally agree with Dovefromabove.  How about leaving the leylandi trunks but taking off all growth and use the trunks to grow up climbers, perhaps attaching rope from each trunk to make a continuous run and then you can underplant.  I would love a walled garden - lucky you!!


Which seedlings can I put out now ?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 12:14

I totally agree with all above.  It is never worth rushing.  I am really late planting seeds this year, but they usually catch up.  Nothing more distressing than spending time on growing plants, only to put them out too soon to find a pile of black plants in the morning after an unexpected frost.  Keep bringing them out during the day and tucking them back into a sheltered place during the night until all chance of frost (or strong cold winds) have passed (if they ever do!!!)  If you find they are outgrowing their pots it is often worth potting them on if the weather doesn't look any better for a while.  Good luck!

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:18

Ideas on creating specialist gardens from scratch would be great i.e. Secret garden, woodland garden etc.  I love gardening and plants but find the planning side difficult.  How do you plant up with lots of trees and shrubs and not hide a good view and take too much shade; simple things like that.  Perhaps just a bit more in depth information on how to underplant and time lapse pictures from start to finish and then possibly upkeep to retain the effect you want.  There are so many options.  I love water features, but no one shows you how to do the finishing touches in detail, i.e. hiding the edges of pond liner and planting up around the edges to give a natural effect.  I could go on and on.  Please, please be more inspired for us gardeners who do not have the artistic ability to sit and sketch what they want on paper.  Wonderful web site - I glean so much information.  Thanks you.


Talkback: How to grow garlic

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 09:55

Peteballan - How about using this unpleasant concoction to spray plants against aphid - good organic way!.  As for making garlic oil - just make a small amount and use within 3/4 weeks and then discard and re-make.  I usually decide to discard when the cloves start to discolour, however making a small amount usually means it is all used up before getting to that stage.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 11:53

Keep up the good work TD.  I am waiting for the electricity board to come next monday (Nov 05!!) to dig up my newly planted garden to put the electric cables underground - NOT BEST PLEASED!!  I hope they are sympathetic to my hard work or there WILL be fireworks!!!


Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 09:24

Thank you, always useful to have recommendations.  Yes I agree, I love climbers, in my last garden I had over 40 clematis - just adore them, and, of course, good old fashioned honeysuckly - MUST have lots of scents in the garden I think, especially a small garden  which mine, sadly is.

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