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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 17:08

It's been perisihng today but my garden helper came so gardening it was.  We managed an hour clearing newly energetic nettles and other weeds form one bi of border and cutting back old growth on perennials before being driven inside by rain and snow.   Having found some forgotten bulbs in the garage we spent a happy hour or two cleaning them and planting them in troughs in the shed and then sorted through my seeds which are now organised under flowers - annual, biennial and perennial; veggies - leafy, roots, fruity such as beans, toms, chillies and cucs and then there's a box for climbers of any sort.

None of this was driven by lunar activity but more by a total absence of sun and an excess of wind and rain.   Fingers crossed all those bulbs survive and thrive.

Next gardening job for me is a further sort of seeds into when to sow etc and then finding the best day to take weeping willow cuttings.  Was going to do it on Saturday but the fridge door fell off and is dead so I was a bit distracted............

Had to go and buy a new fridge this morning - €350 for a new door or €600 for a whole new fridge.   Ludicrous.   Bought 3 huge bags of potting compost and some red onion sets while we were out - made me feel better.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 22:57

I already have several sizes of tin Pansy but the one for the recipe isn't always the right size for those going to consume the resulting cake..........   I often need 10" square cakes to feed large numbers.

My local bus doesn't go anywhere near a cake tin shop so I'd need a train too....    

Anyone else strapped for space?

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 19:02

and hardy geranium, especially the macrorhizum and phaeum types which flower early.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:50

MFD and chipboard and so on come in 244cms by 122 - or 8' x 4'.    

I think a lot of people do not understand basic maths, hence the problem of programmes giving the wrong information.    Only one of my cooking friends can calculate up or down the changes needed to get a 10 square cake tin mix from a recipe for a 23cms diameter cake tin or vice versa and they come in all ages and sizes and several nationalities.

Now translate that same inability to working out quantities for gardening or decorating and you can get into all sorts of bother.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:02

In Belgium its length and width is measured in cms but the thickness - and pipe and hose pipe fitting dimensions - are as often in 8ths of an inch than mms.   Odd.

Best logs for log wall

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 09:51

You need hard wood for this.   Chestnut and oak are good.   I think beech and ash are not quite as dense as they are faster growing.  Have you tried googling for log suppliers?  Might be an idea if your local tree surgeon can't help.

Clematis

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 09:48

Begonia - how very unpleasant!   Remember the old adage about honey and vinegar?

Specialist growers are just that and can advise you about plants suitable for different aspects and conditions in your garden.   Some clematis are hardy down to -25C and can take a bit of wind but won't like being blasted if you're expecting a huge flowery show from them.  Some are tender and will curl up at the hint of frost.

I buy fully grown, multi-stemmed clems, never less than 3' high and propagated and cultivated by a specialist who advises me on such things as he knows my garden is cold and exposed in winter so I need the hardiest.  Even then it can take 2 seasons for them to settle down and start to thrive.  In the intervening period they are busy getting their roots down.

Look yours up and then grow them on carefully for 2 or 3 seasons before planting them out in suitable spots.

Anyone else strapped for space?

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 09:40

This year I've been very restrained and haven't sown a thing yet - too cold at night, too little light, greenhouse unheated and full of treasures sheltering form the worst of winter till they're big enough to cope.........

It froze again overnight, is set to get several degrees below again tonight and snow.   March can't be trusted to be clement so I'm waiting till the end of March but even then OH and I will be away the first week of April and Possum doesn't do seedling sitting so I might wait till we get back and I can give them my full attention and the space they need.

Clematis

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:18

Inches are old measurements.  Cms are "new money".

I don't think anyone is being negative about the offer, just pointing out that the clems will be too small to cope with life in the border and should be grown on in pots till they have developed a decent root structure.  

Clems which are planted out too small are easily scoffed by slugs and snails or accidentally hoed.   It is also advisable to plant clematis deep so they produce better roots and more shoots.  You can only do this once they've reached a certain size so they need growing on in pots anyway.   They need plenty of food and water to thrive too so good soil preparation is essential as is subsequent feeding and watering for strong flower production.

There are specific clems which suit shady sites.  Others need more sun and some need more shelter to thrive.  You can look up by name the ones you are getting on this website to see if they will suit your intended positions - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemalphasearch.cfm   It will also give you their pruning group for subsequent care.

 

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