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Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:56

There's a website calendar here -   It doesn't give a complete list of doable tasks so you have to read the info about what to do on root/flower/leaf/fruit/maintenance days.  You can use the simple lunar phase guide, the biodynamic guide or the sidereal depending on how complicated you want to be.   I tend to go with biodynamic.

I find it very helpful for organising my time as I tend to stick to the tasks I've set out to do instead of letting myself get distracted by jobs/weeds/pruning that I see out of the corner of my eye.   Even for those who are sceptical about the moon's ability to influence plants, it's a good organisational aid.

As for your spuds being late, I'd say not.  Better to plant them when teh soil is warmer than risk giving them a chill and setting their growth back.

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 09:09

Mine in pots are showing now but they are parked in full sun on the southern side of the house and will be moved in the next 2 or 3 weeks to the shadier side.   All my hostas in the ground are to the north side of the house and in a windier, more exposed part which is open on all sides and all of them are still underground with their scarves on.

Be patient and be ready with the wildlife friendly ferrous sulphate slug pellets already scatterd where your hostas will emerge.

Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 16:44

have alook at this list -

A good tip is to buy some wildlife friendly pellets based on ferrous sulphate rather than metaldehyde and start scattering them thinly on St Valentine's Day - purely because it's an easy date to remember.   Repeat the scattering every 2 weeks as you then get them as they emerge from hiberantion or hatch from eggs and before they can feed and breed.

This was advice given by a hosta nursery exhibiting at Malvern and featured on GW one spring.  It works for me and I have hostas and cleamtis and hemerocallis all over the place - all slug magnetes in spring - as well as salads and young veggies they like to feast on.

One of my helebores

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:43

Some of mine are like this and some have been in full flower for weeks.  They all need to have the old foliage removed asap as it shows off the flowers and lets the new foliage come through with a reduced likelihood of getting damaged or diseased by the old.

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 13:36

he isn't scripted by anyone else.   There's an earlier article where he says he says what he feels is right and is in keeping with his principles - this after a row where the Beeb promised teh chemicals industry he would also mention chemical treatments for pests and diseases and he refused because he's organic and they knew that when the gave him a contract.

Beechgrove this weekend

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Just pinging this for anyone who hasn't spotted the change of schedule this weekend.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:44

I like GW too but increasingly find that Monty's style of gardening with all those rooms and hedges and devoted pond/compost/fruit/grass/herb/veg/greenhouse and coldframe  areas is increasingly irrelevant to most gardens and gardeners who have to juggle space and time and budgets to fit all of those in to a relatively small garden space with neighbours and boundaries and different soils and climates to consider.


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:35

I always give mine a feed of pelleted chicken or cow manure as the flowers go over.  It's also the best time to lift and divide the clumps to make more of a spring show for next year.

It doesn't take long for their foliage to die down and you can't expect them to make energy for next year's flwoers if you remove or knot the foliage.  The leaves are a plant's food factory.

You can plant right up next to them and that will disguise the foliage whilst still leaving it to do its job.

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:18

Monty is absolutely right.  Why should the gardening public waste its time and money on plants and sowings doomed to failure while the soil and weather are still to cold for the majority.    The commercial growers just have to accept it's been a bad spring so far, take their losses and find ways to turn it round.  Over here in Belgium the nurseries and garden centres aren't selling much either because it's just been too cold to garden.

What they are doing though is organising a national "Open Doors" event this weekend with extra opening hours, demos and special offers to attract punters and an advertising campaign in the press and on local and national radio and TV.   Sharing the costs and spreading the benefits instead of apportioning blame.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:49

verdun - People grow giant veggies for competitions as a hobby, like some people grow prize daffs or roses or sweet peas.    It's all about plant husbandry and is a harmless way of having fun unless you're into sabotaging the competition's leeks.

I'd rather grow interesting and tasty veg I can't easily get in the shops but I'm not going to knock gardeners who like the big ones.

Fairy Girl - GW does indeed need to look at its focus and get a plan for being more relevant to ordinary gardeners or esle hold up its hand to being just an entertainment  gardening show and not intended to inform, educate and advise would be gardeners or gardeners with limited experience and/or resources.   The size of Monty's composting area is bigger than a lot of people's entire garden.

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