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here i am again

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 11:59

Patience!  Grass isn't going to improve over the winter months but at least the scarifying and autumn treatment will help it not get worse.

Grass starts growing again when temps get to 8C so wait another month to sow new seeds when it will be warm enough for them to germinate and grow.  Until then, keep the grass cut to about 2" when it does start growing so there is enough leaf to feed the roots and make them stronger.

As the grass thickens up in the warmer weather you can cut it down to 1.5" which will help it deal with drought in dry spells.  Any shorter and you will leave it weak and open to competition from weeds and moss.   Spring and autumn scarifying should be done before sowing any new seed.


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 10:01

Nasty, smelly stuff fox poo.  

A water scarecrow is supposed to be good against foxes as well as cats, herons etc.  You can google for more info and suppliers.  Just need to remember to move the sensors regularly so they don't learn the trigger points and wiggle round them.

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:46

Today I sowed my first seeds of the season - all leafy things so lettuces, cabbages, kales, parsley.   Hoping to do tomatoes and chillies on Thursday or Friday.

Help - disaster!!!!

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 14:12

Slug pellets definitely and maybe a liquid tonic of rose or tomato food to give it a boost and help it recover.

Next year, instead of the mini greenhouse, just bury it deep under a pile of good garden compost which will protect the crown from frosts.  You can peg some fleece over it too if you like then just watch for the new stems growing through a bit later on when the temps are more reliable and not needing all the coddling.

Acitanthera plant (peacock orchid

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 11:42

They won't like it there.  They are from South Africa and easy to grow as long as they get full sun -


Feeding Spring Bulbs

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 15:24

I tend to scatter pelleted chicken manure all over my flower beds in mid March but I will also feed any bulbs I have in pots with tomato or rose food as these encourage flowers and the bulbs need to build up their flowering energy for next year.

Magazine Adverts

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 15:21

Certainly for gardening and all that bending and stretching we do.

However, on a serious note, the advertisers pay to place their ads in magazines which have the demographic most likely to be interested or tempted by their products.   If you want younger ads you need to persuade all your younger friends to buy the magazine.....


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 11:27

They may be being eaten by slugs so get yourself some wildlife friendly slug pellets and start scattering them at weekly intervals or after heavy rain from now until mid June.   This should get the blighters as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they start to eat and breed.

Peonies are very fussy about planting depth.   To deep and you bury the flowering point and too shallow leaves it exposed.  Either way it won't flower.   I would suggest planting them in the border anyway as their flowering period is short but their foliage can offset other plants to advantage.   


Desirable For Employers?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:04

You could also ask the RHS/National Trust/English Heritage etc what they look for in their staff before making a decision but if you are setting up on your own, the RHS qualification is an excellent base and some business skills will keep you on track with regards to budgeting time and materials, billing clients and controlling costs and revenues.

Purple berberis

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 11:52

Lichen is a sign of clean, still; damp air and is not harmful to plants though it can indicate a lack of vigour.  Some judicious pruning to take out dead, broken and weak spindly stems plus one or two of the oldest stems and a good general feed of blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure which will feed beneficial soil organisms as well as the plant should help.

I have noticed a lot more lichen on my red and blackcurrant bushes this winter as they are now protected from strong westerly and northerly winds by a windbreak fabric strung along the fence.  I find it rather attractive but the oldest stems will be cut out at harvesting time to enable easier collection of the fruit and thus keep the plants renewed.

Here is what the RHS says - 


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