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MONTY DON...disparu encore une fois?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 11:28

In actual fact, GW is a lot less popular now than it was with Geoff Hamilton at the helm or Alan Titchmarsh.    Monty may well be a very nice chap and have a lovely garden but GW has become just a quiet half hour of TV to relax with a glass of wine.   Audiences have more than halved in recent years and are now down to just over 2 million.

Monty's garden is too idiosyncratic to serve as an essential guide to what to do in your garden that weekend or to show what most people in smaller gardens and with restricted time and budgets can achieve, copy, or interpret for their own garden and planting in the future.   I still enjoy it but very little that he does is relevant to my garden which is large and very fertile but also very alkaline and exposed.

We definitely need a new programme aimed at beginners, smaller plots, time constraints and budgets for modern living.

As for people being unkind to new posters I think that's a pity.  If a post seems suspicious, best to wait and see or ignore rather than go into public attack mode - unless it's the usual Grid troll who is easily recognisable or yet another weekend kitchen ad.   

 

MONTY DON...disparu encore une fois?

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 17:36

I don't think Twitter is exactly Monty's cup of tea and he has had some fierce criticism for things he's posted.   As spring is very much on its way and his garden has been flooded again this winter I rather suspect he has better things to do with his time.  I know I do and I don't have deadlines to meet to prepare for broadcasts or write revenue earning articles and books for a living.

Container drainage

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:32

In Belgium, Oz and Kiwi bottles are not returnable for a deposit and, until about 10 years ago, there weren't ubiquitous bottle banks so we built up quite a collection of empties.    When English speaking friends learned I intended to build a bottle wall the men all scoffed (closet engineers of the failed variety) but brought me their empties too. 

OH wasn't convinced either but my bottle wall was quick to build and has been in place 10 years and withstood temps ranging from -32C to +38C.   What is not to like?

If you should fancy making one yourselves, the straight sided bottles with high shoulders work best.  No cement needed, just a firm base and an end wall made, in our case, from granite pavers fixed with cement.  The top is made from marble slabs recycled from dismantled fireplaces when we renovated this ex farmhouse. 

Container drainage

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:56

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38177.jpg?width=450&height=350&mode=max

 

These days we mostly drink Oz or Kiwi wine with screw caps so it's just as well corks can be re-used.  The bottles can come in handy too.........

Container drainage

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 11:09

I save wine corks for using in pots that need good drainage.   They are natural and  lightweight and they also absorb excess mositure which then makes a reserve supply if the compost dries out  too much.   They can be recycled quite a few times too and don't harm the compost heap if they end up in there - unlike polystyrrene chips and so on.

Rotavator to tame paddock? Will it work?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 17:57

Hire or buy a strimmer with a metal blade and a petrol motor.  It'll cope with all sorts and should come with a sort of harness to help spread the weight across shoulders and back so there's no strain.

In my experience, ride on mowers don't cope with rough terrain.  They are designed to look like mini tractors but do not have tractor power and like smooth surfaces to mow or they clog and break down.    A man with a mini digger shoud be able to level your terrain if and when you decide you're ready to make it into a more formal/level lawn area.

Talkback: Moles

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:46

Mole plants don't work.   Nothing does other than trapping and relocating or trapping and killing.

It is so mild here I've been out and cut the grass for the first time this year - something which normaly happens in April.  It is now looking a bit muddy in places where I have flattened mole hills but now I can see where the new ones appear in the morning and blast the perishers into compost before I break an ankle or knacker my back tripping in one of their galleries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epsom Salts

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 14:19

The ratio is 15ml of Epsom salts to 5 litres of water.    Pour over the plant with the spray nozzle on the can so it is absorbed by the leaves as well as the roots.

 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:30

Did a lot of weeding and pruning and transplanting of several shrubs on Tuesday.   Took lots of clematis cuttings from those prunings and had a word with some of the roses.

It's been too soggy and/or windy since but I'm hoping to get OH in the garden tomorrow to clear away my piles of clematis prunings and turn the compost heaps.

Not sowing seeds of anything just yet.

 

 

Monarda/Phlox/Liatris/Dicentra (roots & bulbs) - plant now or pot up?

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 13:00

I think soils are going to take their time to warm up now they're so wet and that will be hard for new plants to get established in so I suggest you plant them in pots and keep them in a sheltered spot so they can get acclimatised.  

Give them a good drink once potted up and then water as needed and don't let them dry out.   Plant them out in a month or two when growth is well established and spring is really on its way and the soil has dried out a bit and warmed up.

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