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Td immunisations...

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:55

Here in Belgium we've been computerised for years and my doc reminds us all about boosters for tetanus and other stuff as well as annual checks for blood pressure, cholesterol and so on so we're all up to date - OH and me for gardening and Possum for horse-riding which is also mucky.  Her gardening genes haven't kicked in yet.  May have skipped a generation with her.

Supermarket fruit and veg

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:51

You don't have to buy fruit and veg that have come from half way round the world and you don't have to buy out of season either.

We all surely know that eating seasonally and freshly picked is best for nutritional and taste levels in our fruit and veg and also best for reducing energy consumption in producing and supplying it.    There are lots of recipes on BBC Food and BBC Good Food and other sites so we can vary our dishes and don't have to get bored with seasonal gluts.

When it comes to melons and peaches and fruits that don't do well locally I find it's best to buy them ready to eat in small quantities and eat them within a day or two.

The problem for me with buying produce grown in 3rd world countries is that they require enourmous resources of water and chemicals to grow and clean and pack and I just think they'd be better off growing local food to feed local people at reasonable prices and thus free the labour for something with greater added value which would benefit their economy.  I also fear that a lot of these companies are globally owned which means profits are not re-invested locally and taxes paid are probably minimal so no support for government social or economic projects either.


Plant (weed) identification 2

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 16:52

Not sure about the top picture as I can't expand it but the second one is definitely two plants.  The nepeta is the variegated one.  The other needs to have all its trailing stems gathered up and then the central stem and roots can be pulled out in one go.  

Water first to make it easier and reduce collateral damage to the nepeta.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 16:49

It's a lovely colour and looks great.  

I've painted our bench a silvery grey and finally put it out in July after we'd renewed the path and bench area with fresh chipped bark.  I sat on it then to check it was OK but haven't had time since.

Don't sit at the terrace table much either.  Never seem to have that holiday, relaxing feeling in my own garden.  Always something to do.........

Looking after my gunnera

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 10:31

I had one wiped out completely but a surprise - 8C frost in October one year.  It had previously survived -20C under a 3' pile of compost.

This one is getting winter TLC in the greenhouse till it's big enough to plant out and will then get a very thick blanket of compost and straw every winter.   It's currently on my terrace in a 50cm pot sat in a saucer so it holds water and stays moist and is very happy.

Looking after my gunnera

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:45

It depends on how cold your garden gets in winter.   They come from Brazil and the central crown where the new growth points are is frost tender so you need to fold a couple of leaves over it and pile on a thick mulch of garden compost to protect it.   

However, since yours is still in a pot you could also lift it and keep it in a sheltered spot.  I sunk mine in the greenhouse border last winter and it was fine but we had a mild winter.  This year it's in a larger pot but will still be moved to the greenhouse once frosts are forecast and I will be sure to keep an eye on it and protect the crown more fully as we surely won't get two mild winters in a row.

Seed Suppliers who Sell Small Amounts of Seeds

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 16:01 do small packets and a wide range of interesting plants.  Prices vary but they're good value and I've had loads of success with their seeds.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 15:58

Me neither and I'll pay for something I really want and can't grow from seed but I like to go to specialists and local nurseries and growers rather than the big mass produced places.

I have also lost a fortune spent on plants that simply haven't coped with winters here or have been lost to the bullies or my husband in blitz weeding mode where anything and everything goes so I severely restrict my horticultural retail therapy (HRT) to specials and bargains and plants I know will grow without fuss. 

Clematis Query

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 15:53

If you want to grow a clematis well you're going to havce to do a gerat deal of soil improvement as they are hungry, thirsty plants and will not thrive in poor soil.

If you want evergreen, you're going to be limited to the cirrhosa and armandii types.  The former have foliage which is like oak leaves in shape and flowers in winter when happy.  Flowers are creamy and can be speckled with purple in varying densities.   Armandii have bigger, lighter green and glossy foliage and ceram or white flowers that are scented almond in early spring.   They are more vigorous than cirrhosa but neither type likes to be too exposed in winter.

There are several other groups of clematis which flower any time form early spring to late summer but are not evergreen.  Colour, size and vigour will affect your choice.  You can find info about clems on this site which has no commercial connections - 






Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 15:00

Well, I was trying to be calme and restrained but yes, exciting is what it is, and I too have a large garden where one of anything gets lost unless it's a huge plant and where babies need nurturing to get strong enough to cope with the weather and the competition.

It's magic when bought seeds pop but even better when you've collected them yourself or recieved them from friends.

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