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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: Yesterday at 23:21

I went out to carry on pruning clems but the northerly wind was so bitter I retreated back indoors and did dance club admin.   Sowed lots of leafy stuff yesterday and hope to sow toms and chillies indoors tomorrow but will save pruning the rest of the clems and roses till that wind dies or changes direction to something a bit more friendly.


Posted: Yesterday at 23:05

I don't pinch mine out either but group 2s and 3s get a good prune after winter, any time between now and the end of March for me depending on how long winter lasts.   I cut them down to the ground or to a low pair of buds depending on which they are as some are more vigorous than others.  

Then, as Bookertoo says, they need a very good feed as they are hungry, thirsty plants.   I give mine slow release clematis food after pruning and a liquid feed of rose or tomato food as an instant tonic.   A light scattering of wildlife friendly slug pellets helps too as the blighters love the new shoots.

what colour pergola

Posted: Yesterday at 17:12

I have erected arches and trellis and posts of treated wood and not stained them.  They are still good after 15 years though two panels need repairs after strong winds this winter and life in a very exposed garden.

Do a test patch with the teak oil as it will waterproof the wood and then let it fade naturally and your wisteria can live in peace.

what colour pergola

Posted: Yesterday at 12:36

Just oil it with teak oil.   That will be cheaper than stain and will enrich the colour of the wood whilst protecting it.  You can put it on with a brush and leave it to soak in and dry for a while.  Do a second feed after a couple of weeks or so and then plant up.   It will fade naturally over the years but stay sound.

here i am again

Posted: Yesterday at 11:59

Patience!  Grass isn't going to improve over the winter months but at least the scarifying and autumn treatment will help it not get worse.

Grass starts growing again when temps get to 8C so wait another month to sow new seeds when it will be warm enough for them to germinate and grow.  Until then, keep the grass cut to about 2" when it does start growing so there is enough leaf to feed the roots and make them stronger.

As the grass thickens up in the warmer weather you can cut it down to 1.5" which will help it deal with drought in dry spells.  Any shorter and you will leave it weak and open to competition from weeds and moss.   Spring and autumn scarifying should be done before sowing any new seed.


Posted: Yesterday at 10:01

Nasty, smelly stuff fox poo.  

A water scarecrow is supposed to be good against foxes as well as cats, herons etc.  You can google for more info and suppliers.  Just need to remember to move the sensors regularly so they don't learn the trigger points and wiggle round them.

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:46

Today I sowed my first seeds of the season - all leafy things so lettuces, cabbages, kales, parsley.   Hoping to do tomatoes and chillies on Thursday or Friday.

Help - disaster!!!!

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 14:12

Slug pellets definitely and maybe a liquid tonic of rose or tomato food to give it a boost and help it recover.

Next year, instead of the mini greenhouse, just bury it deep under a pile of good garden compost which will protect the crown from frosts.  You can peg some fleece over it too if you like then just watch for the new stems growing through a bit later on when the temps are more reliable and not needing all the coddling.

Acitanthera plant (peacock orchid

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 11:42

They won't like it there.  They are from South Africa and easy to grow as long as they get full sun -


Feeding Spring Bulbs

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 15:24

I tend to scatter pelleted chicken manure all over my flower beds in mid March but I will also feed any bulbs I have in pots with tomato or rose food as these encourage flowers and the bulbs need to build up their flowering energy for next year.

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