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Secateur review

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 23:01

I have two pairs of Felcos, one since 1989.   Only bought the second pair cos daughter lost the first one a couple of years ago.  They turned up in the compost heap a year later and now need a new blade which I will get around to ordering one of these days.  My Felcos have outlasted all cheaper pairs bought by friends who constantly have to replace theirs so have ended up spending more over the years.

I use Wolf loppers or a Wolf pruning saw for bigger stems.

Advice on what may be causing hedge disease and how l could treat

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:55

I agree.  Give it a good feed - pelleted chicken manure is another option - and work it into the soil at the base.  Clear out any weeds first then feed and mulch it to retain moisture and improve soil structure.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:51

Hello GG.  Biofreak has gone biodynamic this year which is gardening by the moon but taking into account its passage through the zodiac signs as well as its phase - waxing or waning plus rising or descending.    

You can see the sequence here - but it doesn't give a detailed hour by hour break down that you find in French lunar almanacs.

The lunar eclipse will have a powerful effect on its gravitational pull, as do the points of its orbit when it is nearest and furthest from the earth and the days when it is moving from waxing to waning and ascending to descending - all times when garden maintenance (paths, fences, sheds etc) is preferable to actually gardening with plants. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 17:40

5 hours here too but spent emptying a 2 x 4 metre bed of almost all its plants and setting them aside for division and replanting later on.   pruned back 3 clems and 3 roses and dug another one up and put it in a pot where I can nurture it cos it was struggling.

Weeded and edged another small bed and filled with aquilegias and baby hellebores from the cleared bed.   Cleared half a nearby semi circular bed of excess geranium phaeum then dug up a 5' conifer from the damp bed by the terrace and hauled it ona tarpaulin to the semi circular which is going to become a conifer bed and will end the constant refereeing garaniums and hostas all the time.  When they show their noses, the hostas will come out and be divided and replanted in new homes in my garden and with friends.

Fed the roses and clems and fed, watered and mulched 6 more clems.  Off for a well earned shower now and then line dancing after dinner. 

Might need a gentle day tomorrow.

Britain's National Bird

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 18:06

I like wrens but I voted for the Puffin as Britain has such a lot of coastline providing ideal habitat for this endearing bird which has been struggling in recent years because of food shortages.

Mute swans or barn owls would be my next choice.  Robins are too aggressive and unfaithful for me.   


GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 14:32

I too have a large garden and limited finances plus which I'm fed up of spending money on interesting plants that then turn out to be too nesh for the winters here so I now stick to good doers and sow and divide and swap plants.

OH retires next year and we plan to sell up and get somewhere with a smaller, more easily managed garden now rather than waiting till this one gets completely beyond us.  I'd also like shorter, drier winters so France is a possibility.  The property market there is certainly going through interesting times.   Belgium has similar inheritance laws - Napoleonic Code and all - so selling early is probably a good idea for us.

I'm quite enjoying the current format of GW but do wonder at some of the topics chosen and their relevance to the majority of gardeners.   Half an hour is too short to please everyone but I feel that that very short time should concentrate the producers' mind better than is currently apparent.  

I love hellebores and have loads of creamy, pinky, purpley, black and speckled ones and am waiting to see if I get some good babies but have left them to cross pollinate by themselves.

GW 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:59

I really don't like Joe Swift as a rule but I do think he is good on basic design rules and tricks and in both gardens discussed so far he has explained about using curving paths/diagonals/screens:blocks;unifying materials and lighting to make the garden seem wider or larger or more private and to take advantage of sun traps for seating.

These ideas can be applied by anyone whether dealing with a small garden or part of a larger garden and can be done by anyone without calling in the landscapers and huge budgets.  It just requires a little more thought and time to do it ourselves on a restricted budget.

Gardening should be using your ingenuity, some lateral thinking and some open mindedness to embrace the possibilities and achieve satisfying results.   Let's leave the class envy and politics out of it.   They don't grow plants or sow seeds.

GW 2015

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 13:21

I know it's early days but is this new series so unremarkable that no-one has anything to say?

I found the first programme uninspiring but then I don't have huge apple trees to prune, or small ones either, and he seemed to spend a great deal of time on those and his pelargoniums which I don't bother to over winter as it's just too cold here.

The second programme was much better and I'm looking forward to seeing how that couple's garden gets on and which trees will go to improve the light and air.   I can't see me sowing broad beans directly for another month unless the soil warms up a great deal so I shall be doing mine in pots this weekend and planting them out later.

I liked the feature on hellebores.

How cruel is this?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 12:33

That looks very good Dove.

Did you get some cup cakes Verdun?  

I've just finished making two large banana and chocolate chip tea breads for a bachata class tomorrow and the scientists on Monday.  Testing Mary Berry's recipe but needed triple quantities for the size of my tins.  

There was a bit left over for cup cakes if you fancy one.  Otherwise OH gets to take them to the office on Monday...

cat deterent

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:53

The cat catches mice.  The dog catches the odd rat.  My problem is with meeces moving into the house for winter and scrabbling around under floorboards where the cat can't go and I can't put poison sachets.

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