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Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 11:21

Fell asleep before we got to the clems.   Have it recorded tho and it's repeated this pm and tomorrow am - which clearly indicates space in the schedules which could be filled with a programme dedicated to clematis and others on major plant groups. 

Talkback: 10 best vegetable crops for shade

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:42

My veg plot is on the north side of the house so is in shade all winter but does get full sun for about a month either side of the summer solstice when it's high enough.  Morning and afternoon sun the rest of the year.

I grow salad leaves, red onions, Savoy cabbage, curly kale and cavolo nero, fennel, turnips, kohl rabi, leeks, beetroot, Swiss chard, broccoli.  Carrots don't seem to work in my soil.    I also have rhubarb and black and redcurrant bushes and purple gooseberries.

To prune or not to prune??

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 13:52

There was a trial by the Rose Society which found that beds of roses pruned with shears produced more flowers than the same size of bed done carefully tending each individual plant.    

I've never tried it as I don't have mono culture rose beds and I find that heavy frosts take their toll on some roses and they need dead stems carefully removed back to the base.   Some years I do conventional pruning and some years I leave long stems and hook them down to the ground.  Depends on mood.   Wouldn't work with shears.

Anyone started there cosmos seeds yet?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 07:50

Haven't sown a single seed of anything yet.   We'll be away for the first week of April and Possum, who will be manning the fort, is not a good seedling sitter.   

Maybe I should sow this weekend and hope they'll grow big enough to cope for a week if I can rig up an automatic spray of some sort.   What do you think?

What is your weather like?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 07:47

Bright and sunny and no clouds to be seen but very frosty.   I shall be tucked up indoors at patchwork class today but I do hope it's going to be warmer tomorrow as I have weeds to deal with and treasures to tend.

Happy gardening - those who can today.

Need ideas please for a steep slope

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 13:51

Have a look at the latest Big Dreams, Small Spaces programmes from this series on i-Player.   One, the first I think, deals with how to handle just such a slope by terracing and building wooden retaining walls.  

What is your weather like?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 13:49

Froze again last night but not by much.  Bright and dry and 10C so far today but seriously draughty with lots of wind chill factor.   Not pleasant.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 13:47

I had a glow from getting too close to OH's bonfire to toss wood from the edges into the flames!   Hope baby is btter today.

Other than potting up the rest of the lilies I split up yesterday and setting the loose scales in trays of compost I am doing no gardening today.   I have shoulders after yesterday.   

Serious wind chill factor out there today too so staying indoors and doing some unstrenuous patchwork homework.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 18:56

At long last, some proper gardening.   I started off by going and cutting branches from my neighbor's weeping willow - with permission - to make babies.   Most are now in a bucket of water to root but 3 of the best branched ones have been pushed into the mud along the stream that divides our paddock from theirs.   Had to be rescued by friend Marie-Christine as I sunk up to my knees and couldn't get out alone.   Not an option to leave boots behind as I was wearing OH's waders.   Planks and spade to the rescue.   One very mucky Obxx.  Very glam.

Potte up 10 salix contorta stems I've had rooting in a pot of water - for friends.   Then pushed 3 more new salix contorta cuttings into mud higher up along the stream and some pussy willows along the boundary between us and the arable field where water collects.   Dug up clumps of snowdrops and split them into 31 small pots.  7 given to M-C and the rest to grow on to make a drift in a bed I have yet to clear.

Planted out some crocuses from a planter, trimmed clematis growth back, layered two shoots on the pink and red honeysuckle and did battle with a pot of Firefox lilies that had become congested.  6 bulbs have become more than 30 plus babies and scales to pot up and grow on.   Gave 10 to M-C. 

OH has cleared piles of crud and had a big bonfire and then removed an old wire mesh fence where we're putting in new trellis.

Showers and dinner done.   Now OH and I are off to our Soul class - dancing.


Posted: 15/03/2016 at 16:31

I had them just the one year.   The caterpillars are pretty amazing too but I think all the chrysalises must have frozen as we never saw another swallowtail or their caterpillars and I plant fennel every year..

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