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Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 08:49

I don't think so.  There was an organic movement already then.  He stopped presenting in 1976 and GH started in 1979 so not a huge stretch of time to make the connections.  I can remember GH being a very strong campaigner for safeguarding the environment  - no sprays, using garden compost to feed soil and its organisms, making his tufa rocks and tubs to save limestone pavements and so on.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 08:43

Bacon butty sounds wonderful bt a bit early for me.

Appalling cramps again last night so I'm going to have to start eating bananas or something as the rest of our diet is fine for all the amino acids and vitamins and minerals.    Any other tips?

Well done that dog.    Hope hubby enjoys his birthday and the naughty cards Hosta.  Bon appetit for lunchtime Busy.   What play Chicky?

Sorry about the footie GWRS but it was a good run.   FG how's the bum?  No repercussions?  Pat E you need to do the ear and eustachians massage I explained to Dove a while back.

I am off to buy more paint as I'm not convinced about the damp proofing in the annex and it has no heat so chalk it is but I shall water it down for the first coat to make it easier to prime the panels.  OH is all set to play with his new toy.  Got so fed up with Windows 10 messing up his PC he's bought a new Chrome something.  No idea but it was 700€ cheaper than an Apple and since he's no longer running a golf club he can simpler.

Be good or have fun or both.

Is this a crazy solution for llandeii conundrum?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 22:18

Good soil preparation.  Good choice of plants - research before buying.  Suitable supports.   Make sure they don't go hungry or thirsty in their first year while they're putting down good roots.

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Ultimate Alphabet 'R'

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 22:14

Had to look him up but love Ring Ouzel.  Handsome bird!

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 22:13

Percy Thrower far too "Chemical Ali" for me but Geoffrey Smith was wonderful.

Ultimate Alphabet 'R'

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:20

Well, we've already had reindeer and raccoon and rearing horse and R so maybe a bird specialist  could eliminate some?

Would less invasive wisteria be okay for this arbour?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:04

I have never heard of a "less vigorous wisteria" and, to keep them flowering, they need pruning twice a year and training in to their supports.  They also do best in full sun.  See here for mor einfo from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=173

On the other hand, there are roses and clematis and honeysuckle which don't need full sun and will do well in partially shaded areas or dappled shade.   There are now several rambling roses available that will give repeat flowering as long as you remember to dead head regularly - not exactly strenuous or time-consuming.

First things first, get you arbour painted as that will take some time but will look stunning when done.   Then prepare the soil for planting your chosen climbers.  You'll have plenty of time to select varieties while waiting for the paint to dry.........

Are Green Thumb right about this lawn?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 15:56

It's lovely Yvie and really sets off your new beds and all their curves really well.

BulbsBay - why not have a go yourself?   Or are you really time poor?

If not, the first thing to do is to get in with a good gardening fork and use it to make vertical holes at frequent intervals working all along and across the grass.  Stand on it so the tines go in deep and then wiggle it back and forth to enlarge the holes.   Then you need to pour on bags of sharp sand - not wet builders' sand - and brush it across the lawn to fill those holes.  This will provide air to teh roots and allow better drainage.

By the time you've done that it should be mid April which wis a perfect time to apply a spring weed, feed and moss treatment.  Follow the instructions on the pack and be prepared for parts of your lawn to turn black after a week or so.   Buy or hire a scarifier and use this to rake up all teh dead stuff and any loose stuff from previous cuttings (thatch).   Alternatively, rake it up witha  spring tined fork - see Wolf tool heads.

Loosen any bare earth with a normal rake head then sow appropriate grass seed to fill the gaps.  Water with a sprinkler or gentle hose pipe spray if it doesn't rain.   Do not walk on the newly sown areas.

Leave it to grow to at least 2 inches before its first cut and then never cut it shorter than one inch as this allows enough leaf to feed and maintain healthy roots and thus compete better for nutrients against any weeds.

Apply an autumn weed and feed in September

Repeat as necessary over the coming years.

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Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 15:39

I have these and other shrubby salvias which needed to be kept in teh greenhouse over winter.  Even so, their top growth would all die back but once the weather warmed up I'd get new shoots from the crown and would then cut right back to those.

I now have them outside but in a sheltered spot and they are just starting to shoot near the base.  I shall leave the tops on for a while to take any frosts that may still come and then, as before, cut them right back down to the healthy new growth.

In other words, as long as you can keep th enew buds sheltered from frosts till mid May, you can cut yours back as hard as you need to keep them to size.  Feed with a mix for roses or tomatoes to encourage flowers rather than foliage.

Ultimate Alphabet 'R'

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 15:35

Anyone want to work their way thru this lot - http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/animals/birds/beginning-with/R

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