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Dedicated to dogs

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:35

They're all gorgeous and clearly much loved. I do hope Tigger keeps well.

Our Rasta didn't take to mothering Bonzo.   She's great with pups but clearly thought he was big enough to need showing who was boss so now it's really funny watching him see what he can get away with and how he entices her to play.   They are the best of pals.    Different approaches to gardening though.  He keeps as close as possile which often involves lying on treasures I have just weeded or planted or freed from last season's growth while she does a thorough terrier check of all possible rodent and mole holes and gets gloriously filthy.

Selling plants for charity

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 10:45

Funnily enough I have recently sown chililes and toms for me and the plant sale.  The chilies are up but no toms or sweet peppers yet.

Selling plants for charity

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:41

I'm afraid it depends on where you are and who is likely to be coming to buy and also whether you have hselter such as a greenhouse or coldframes for growing half-hardy annuals..

I help organise a plant sale every May and one year plants like tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins can do very well and another year be left sitting there.   

I would suggest a mix of annuals and perennials so cosmos, zinnias, French marigolds, larkspur and nicotiana for borders, lobelia and petunias for hanging baskets, achillea, delphinium, lupins and such for perennials.    All of these are good, strudy, recognisable plants and easy to care for.    If your target market is experienced you could try less common plants.


Dedicated to dogs

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 11:02

Our tow rescue dogs - Rasta who will be 8 on April 1st and looks and behaves like a Wheaten Terrier but is of unknown race .  Needs a hair cut every 2 monthe ans is clever and stubborn and a joy.   Bonzo will be 6 some time soon.   This picture was taken 3 years ago when Bonzo had just come to share our lives.    He had never been outside or had a garden or been for walkies or been toilet trained and is still afraid of anything new but is a bundle of love and fun with us.



What can I plant in a shaded north facing garden?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 09:25

Yes,but you need to do it every autumn on established beds.

For a new bed you don't have to wait till autumn.   Once you've cleared all the weeds and their roots, rake as level as you can and leave for a week or 3 to see if any regrow.  You can then hoe annual weedlings and either dig out new perennial weeds or spray them with glyphosate to kill the roots.   That takes 2 more weeks to act.

Then you can apply a good layer of compost and plant straight away rather than waiting till autumn.   Just make sure that anything you plant from late spring to iteh end of summer is watered regularly to help it settle in and get established.

What can I plant in a shaded north facing garden?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 21:36

Layer on inches of garden compost and/or well rotted manure in late autumn once all your perennials have died back.   The worms will work it in for you over the winter and the new shoots will burst through in spring.   No need to dig.  Just the effort of barrowing and spreading.

Is this normal

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:02

I talk to mine too.  I split one big ceramic pot's worth on Tuesday after spotting the tiny tips of new purple shoots.  It gave me 2 quarters in fresh compost in ceramic pots and 4 eighths in plastic pots to grow on and swap or give to a charity sale a friend and I organise in early May.  No idea what it is as the label is long gone but it has 3 to 4" wide pointed glaucous leaves and lightly scented lilac flowers.  

In another pot I have a huge Sum and Substance which is desperately in need of dividing and re-invigorating but I'm going to have to butcher it in the pot to get that one out as it's a curved pot.  Not making that mistake again.  I see today that it has wee purple points showing so will be tackling that one tomorrow or Saturday.  

The others in pots are fine for another season but get a daily pep talk.  The ones outside in the ground are sensible keeping shtum till April is here.   I always grow new hostas in pots for a season or two to let them bulk up and now I also pot on new perennials and grow them on in bigger pots so they can cope better when planted out a few weeks later on.

Is this normal

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 10:23

No sign of any of my peonies in either the back or the sunnier front.  Also, you'd expect established plants to start sooner than newly planted ones.

Be patient.

Having said that, I find myself checking one bed with hostas in every day for signs of life because I need to lift, divide and re-home them so their existing bed can be replanted with something completely different.

Why have my box plants turned orange?????

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 09:58

Bonemeal is Poudre d'Os and is good for promoting strong roots.   I have no more Blood, Fish and Bone so can't give you the exact French translation.  However, if you can get it, pelleted fumier de vache, poule et cheval will do the job too and is clean and easy to handle.

Bleu bordelaise treats algae and fungal infections and is not a fertliser.  I would give your box plants a generous helping of the slow release fertilsiers mentioned plus an instantly accessible liquid tonic of engrais liquide pour tomates.  

You can also make your own liquid feed for greenery by soaking nettles in a bucket of water (with a lid on for the smell) for a couple of weeks and then diluting the resulting nitrogen rich stew 10 to 1 with water and using as a foliar feed by pouring it over the plants.   You can do the same with comfrey and the resulting stew is good for flowering and fruiting plants because it has a wider range of nutrients.

science behind frost protection?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 08:32

Such a simple, neat idea.  I shall definitely keep it in mind for my greenhouse if we get a real winter next year.

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