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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 16:16

I'm willing to give it a try.  Did it a few years ago and it worked fine but haven't always found the calendar since and the last two gardening years were wiped out by various ops to reconstruct failed bits of my skeleton.

Are slugs still about?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 14:29

MM - I'm in Belgium so I buy a brand called ESCAR-GO! which is quite amusing.  In the UK I think they're called Growing Success Advanced Slug Killer.

Are slugs still about?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 13:59

It's been so mild that yes, slugs and snails could be active now.  I shall be scattering a few wildlife friendly slug pellets near any young shoots, including bulbs, that have been encouraged to grow by the warmth.    You'll need to do it regularly until late May - scatter thinly and repeat after rain - to get them as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they manage to munch your treasures or breed and make the problem even worse.

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 08:29

IF the ground is too sodden or hard cats will poo in the open but foxes are also a possibility and roaming dogs too.

Rose questions now I've sorted the begonias :)

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 08:25

Teasing Georgia is another good rich yellow rose which will also climb to 2 metres depending on how you prune it.  Malvern Hills is  a short climber with paler yellow roses.

Gertrude Jekyll has amazing perfume.   I also have William Shakespeare, Sceptr'd Isle, Geoff Hamilton, Queen of Sweden, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Falstaff, Crocus Rose, Generous Gardener (climber) and Benjamin Britten - all David Austin roses.   I have Jaqueline Duprée on order and will probably order Harlow Carr too - all David Austin roses but I also have a Kiftsgate which is a huge rambler.  

As I live in Belgium I get mine ready potted from a nursery in the Ardennes who delivers them to me at a local plant fair in May so I don't have to gamble on bare root roses surviving my winters. 

I wouldn't buy roses from supermarkets - labelling, quality and disease resistance are generally poor.  I'd rather pay more and get a good plant that does what it says on the label.  Make sure you check out the planting and pruning advice on the DA website too to ensure success with your new roses.

 

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 20:34

Not a lot you can do about that  really so cultivate your Zen and just use a trowel to scoop and bin.  

It's nowhere near as bed as great canine dumps. 

new roses and other new planting

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 12:28

The problem with willow canes is that they either sprout roots and take hold and become a pain or they rot and look unattatractive after quite a short time.   I'd go for roses that support themselves and are less labour intensive.

I suggest you have another look at the section on roses for mixed borders on the David Austin site.  Harlow Carr looks good - floriferous, perfumed and very disease resistant.   Might get that one myself.   

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:59

Grew them once.  Never again.  

I stick to proper peas now and sometimes mangetouts or sugar snaps.

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 10:57

Definitely pet owners that need training.  I have dogs and a cat.  We clean up after the dogs during walkies and when they mess in the garden and the cat is litter trained.

For anyone having problems with visiting ctas or, worse still, foxes I believe a device called a water scarecrow is very effective as long as you regularly change the location of the sensors that trigger the spray so they don't learn to avoid them.

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:38

You can either quietly put up with having all those leaflets and just recycle them or risk having to pay more for your magazine.  Those advertising fees subsidise its production.

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