Latest posts by Obelixx

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:45

Well, if we can have two dogs why not cats and the chickens too?  They all like the garden too.

Gardners world

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 22:44

Just a quick note - Beechgrove starts again at the end of March in Scotland and will be repeated on BBC2 nationwide on Sundays so set your recorders - - http://www.beechgrove.co.uk/    They do a downloadable factsheet too, every week.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 22:36

I tried asparagus but the winters are just too cold and they never really got going so, after a couple of years, I gave up.

I can get Hot X buns if I drive 50kms to the English shop (and back) but they're pappy mass produced things so I've taken to making my own.   Not bad.   BBC Good Food site has recipes and this year I'm trying a variation with lemon and grated marzipan.

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 21:35

I think pedantry is essential when it comes to facile and highly misleading errors such as the square metres thing.   I also dispute her assertions about the nation's favourite gardener?  Which nation exactly?  In Scotland I bet it's Jim from Beechgrove.   In   England I doubt very much if it's MD and then there's Wales and NI.  

Not that it matters.  We just want a competent presenter for a well produced and directed show.    Except for the voice over, this show delivers but not GW. 

Bare-root Roses

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 15:55

I think you have to do what works for you.  David Austin recommends burying it and most of my roses are from there, one way or another, so that's what I do.

Bare-root Roses

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 15:03

Different roses have different vigour.  Keep it fed and watered and make sure the graft union is buried an inch or two below the surface of the compost as this helps to establish it and reduce the likelihood of unwanted suckers.

Train the stems out as horizontally or diagonally as possible as this encourages more flowers.   See the RHS website on rose cultivation and pruning.




Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:59

Thanks BF.  I think tradition only says Easter for potatoes as people had 4 days to do it from Good Friday to Easter Monday with a  break for church.

Asparagus counts as leaves but also need good roots to produce all the shoots and onions are roots.

We have glorious sunshine at the mo but every day starts with a  heavy frost and takes hours to warm up.   That should change in time for me to tend to my buddleas tho.   My red onion sets will go into modules first so they don't get a shock in a late frost.

Have a good time in the UK.   Don't fret, your garden will still be there when you get home and you'll no doubt take it some presents.

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:52

Surely it's Nelly!

Rachel only started modelling when she was pregnant and a friend asked her to model some maternity clothes she'd designed.    She has since studied for and gained qualifications in plants and plantsmanship tho that clearly didn't cover grasses judging by her programme on planting them in her own country garden.   I liked her series in GW on rescuing gardens.  She certainly got stuck in and isn't just decorative.

Bare-root Roses

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:46

Long enough to re-hydrate the roots which can be anything from an hour to a day depending on how long they've been dug up or in transit.

Gardners world

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 12:08

Beechgrove starts later in March as, being further north, plants are usually later to start.

I love it.  Packs in loads of info in easy format, does tests and trials, has good rapport between the presenters and lots of practical info including garden visits and helping viewers with problem corners.   Sometimes a bit old fashioned for me with its bedding plants but bang on the money with everything else.

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