Latest posts by Obelixx

Which brigade are you?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:38

No dig.

Several reasons - it's actually bad for beneficial micro organisms in the soil to be brutally disturbed.   You really only need to dig deep once to break up any clay pan to aid drainage and remove deep weed roots and large stones.

We have raised beds for veggies and pile on compost in rotation and then just fork or rake it level for sowing or planting.   

When first preparing to convert the former cow pasture round the ex farmhouse to make a garden we found an old landmine.   The bomb disposal mob removed it but didn't check for any more so we don't dig except to make a planting hole for new trees, shrubs or fence/trellis posts.   A light forking or hoeing or raking does the job.

RHS Bridgewater

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:30

It will be a wonderful resource for north western gardeners to pop into for a while or a day as and when they can.  

Been to Harlow Carr once and thoroughly enjoyed it but,like Wisley, it's too big to see in just one day so needs several trips.   We'll be visiting Harlow Carr in May but I can't see us getting to Rosemoor as it's so far.

Great to have such a good spread.  Now they just need funds and resources for RHS gardens in Wales and Scotland and NI.

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:23

Nor me.   Not that I ever eat porridge but I do use oats in bread and Parmesan biscuits and crumble mixes.

We have hoes and cultivators in various sizes and shapes (Wolf double bladed is best hoe head) with different handle lengths for hoeing standing up or kneeling as needed.

rhubarb leaves

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:20

The large leaves make good slug traps.  Leave them on the ground the day you cut them and the next morning you'll find slugs lurking in their shelter to be disposed of as you wish.   Then the leaves can go to the compost heap.

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:17

KT - Have you heard of hoes and cultivators with long handles?  Old technology.  Very effective.

PF - Scientific thought on neocotinoids is pretty clear.  Politicians are the ones that vote to ban them and they are subject to intensive lobbying by glbal companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Glaxo, Pfeizer et al.  It will take public pressure to change their minds.

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 08:34

I've been expecting this.   For some years, the EU has been sponsoring scientific trials across several countries to evaluate glyphosate and its effects on the environment.   The official line form the producers is that it becomes inert on contact with the soil and only kills the plants whose foliage comes in contact with the product.   Tests show however that it leaches into water courses where it can remain active and also get into the water supply.

However, its main use seems to be in countries which use GM seeds to grow crops developed by commercial companies to be resistant to glyphosate.   The growers then use it in stronger solution to deal with weeds.  These higher concentrations are linked to cancers in general and birth defects in particular - not something I should wish to inflict on anyone.

It's a relatively recent introduction to gardening and I'm sure we can live without it again.

Natural predators

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 22:51

HH - I've always had cats but also always fed the birds.  The trick is to put ground food down in a spot with no cover from which sneaky cats can pounce and then hang peanut feeders and fat balls up high where cats can't leap without being seen in good time.    Have shrubs nearby for bird cover from cats and raptors.

Works for me.

Newbie here, bulb lover

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 13:29

It's time now to be planting summer bulbs such as gladioli, eucomis, lilies, summer hyacinths, acidanthera and tuberous plants such as dahlias, nerines and so on.    Many are not reliably hardy so are best planted in pots that can be taken into shelter for the winter months.

You can also place orders with some online suppliers for spring bulbs to be delivered in the autumns for planting out for next spring's display.

Natural predators

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 13:21

I found a ladybird in some pulmonaria I was potting up for a friend this morning.

Other good aphid predators are tits and sparrows who feed them to their young in huge quantities.   I hang peanut feeders near roses to encourage them to visit and there are more, plus fat balls and loose seed feeders in the veggie plot so they'll come and hoover up caterpillars too later on.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 07:57

I sorted my seed packets recently and I have several kinds of PSB from T&M, Suttons and other suppliers.  Some are early varieties and will crop in autumn but most are for spring crops.     I shall be sowing some of both in a couple of weeks' time.

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