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Latest posts by nightgarden

fruit bushes

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 09:52

I watched Monty pruning a gooseberry bush this week on Gardener's World - a sort of open bowl shape in the middle - does the same apply to black and red currant bushes?


Unrotted compost

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 13:46

Indeed Frank - the fun is in the trying! I'll see how it goes.

What Type of Garden is Yours.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 22:42

Mine is huge and largely unruly with bits under vague control ...2 veg plots, lots of bushes and trees, brambles and wild flowers and more grass than I can cut so I just cut paths through most of it!. I keep groups of pots of flowers near the door, window boxes and have 2 cold frames for cucumbers and courgettes later on. I had a greenhouse but it blew away so am currently constructing something out of an old garden swing seat, 2 window frames and a big piece of plastic ... the Heath Robinson approach! Luckily I like the unruliness and get lots of wild visitors through the year.

Unrotted compost

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 22:25

I usually grow some early potatoes in bags using a mix of soil/compost.

Does anyone know whether the 'open trench compost' technique would work in a bag - a layer of part rotted compost in the bottom then usual mix on top?


Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 22:50

South west Scotland too cold for sowing outside just yet but have just sown the first lot of peas in paper tubes in a cold frame and tomatoes in windowsill propagater today.

My first potatoes are chitting nicely and I hope to plant them in a couple of weeks - last year they recovered after being nipped by a late frost so this year I'll cover them in newspaper or fleece.



Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:54

I would get them in as soon as you can - dig out a trench to plant them in and pile the earth to one side of each row then plant and cover with some of the soil to give a pile then trench then pile - if frost likely then cover with fleece from pile on one side to pile on other thus trapping warmer air over your potatoes

what veg spacing method do you use?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:48

Not sure what the square foot method is - but I plant most things close together in beds no bigger than I can reach across without treading on them then eat gaps out to allow the rest of the crop to grow into the spaces - and get longer cropping times

Pruning lavender and rosemary

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 09:02

Interesting idea swedboy - I'll take a look.

Pruning lavender and rosemary

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:09

I have quite a large lavender bush that I cut back to the old wood for 3 successive years and it has flowered well each summer  - but it is now seemingly active from about half way up the plant with a lot of bare stems beneath and looks quite messy.

What's the best thing to do to bring it back to the bushy creature it used to be?

more gardening less smoking

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:55

You are all so right! Definitely not easy .... I felt really quite ill for the first couple of days without cigarettes which I wasn't expecting at all. Thanks so much for all the encouraging comments - no going back now!

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