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Latest posts by obelixx

Cauli, sprouts and cabbages

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 13:10

I planted out some plugs of Savoy cabbage on the 14th of April as I was having foot surgery the following day so they had to go in.   They've been OK so far though we may still get frosts.   However, by then they'll have hardened off.

Bee news from The Beeb, Eu Ban pesticide

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 13:07

I don't use any pesticides in my garden and rely instead on birds and predators like ladybirds and hoverflies plus hand picking for lily beetle.  I do, however, have some Provadon on stand by in case I ever get vine weevil but it's probably past its sell by date.

6x or growmore

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 13:04

Well done for putting in the manure.   In future years you can just lay it on, or garden compost, at the end of autumn and the worms will work it in for you over the winter.

What to do with dead flowers/Tulips/Daffodils

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 11:50

Remove the dead flowers and their stems and put them in the compost.  Feed the bulbs with something like blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure so they can fatten up for next year's show and then either leave the foliage for at least 6 weeks before cutting it off or else let the leaves die down naturally whilst other plants appear around them to disguise the fading leaves - assuming you have them in a mixed border with perennials.  If not, just plant small annuals and perennials in amongst them to grow up and continue the flowering succession through the summer.

The larger flowered tulip hybrids don't always coem again but will if they were planted deep enough.   The smaller species tulips usually flower year after year if the conditions are right for them.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 18:28

Didn't mean to be insensitive but I take your point.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 16:43

Just using shorthand Dove.   Not xenophobic, obviously, living where I do.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 16:15

I know Goldilocks, but they're Brits and Frogs and Krauts and all the rest, not just Belgians and teher's been a huge influx of eastern Europeans recently too and that has skewed hpusing costs a sthey put pressure on teh rehntals market.   All brings a lot of money too in spending power but not a lot of taxes.  Win some lose some and, of course, being in rented properties doesn't make sensible gardening and horticulture rules a priority.

6x or growmore

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 14:41

I use pelleted manure in my garden, either chicken or a mix of chicken, cow and horse.   I then use specific fertilisers for plants like roses, tomatoes and celamtis plus garden compost to imprpve the soil structure and micro organisms.

Growmore is a chemical by product of the oilindustry and, whilst it feeds plants temporarily, it adds nothing to the soil and good plants are all about good soil.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 12:47

Not really Goldilocks.  These policies and decisions are made by representatives of the member states on permanent or temporary secondment form their national civil and foreign services.  Locally hired staff are usually lowlier posts such as security staff and basic admins such as secretaries.   There's a huge foreign population in and around Brussels to service al the EU departments, embassies to the EU, NATO and Belgian government, lobbyists, NATO and SHAPE employees, World Customs organisation, European head offices of mult nationals, teachers for the EU and international schools and so on.

The upside is that you can find restaurants and shops catering for just about every cuisine in the world.

Small front garden planting

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:51

I would stick with glaucous blue or grey foliage to pick up the slate so lavenders which just need pruning once the flowers fade and/or dwarf conifers such as Juniperus Blue Carpet, Juniperus Blue Star.

Plants with white flowers would also look good.  Try, ,,,,,, 

You don't say whether the soil is acid, neutral or alkaline so you'll have to check for which plants are suitable for your soil.   remmeber to prepare it well buy digging out roots of perennial weeds and adding plenty of well rotted manure and/or garden compost as you won't be able to do that once the slate mulch ahs gone on.  Let teh soil settle a few days before planting up and then water everything well.

For something completely different, you could consider a herb garden - rosemary, sage, thymes, French tarragon, chives and so on.   Taking bits off for the kitchen will keep them pruned and tidy.

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