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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Hebe Plant

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 10:47

No pruning is needed although if they get leggy you can prune hard back in April.
Nothing to stop you giving it a very light trim to round it up now if you wish but be gentle with it.


Crop Rotations in raised beds

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 13:09

Rosie, crop rotation goes thus Legumes and all pod crops should be followed by Brassicas, ie:- cabbage cauli Sprouts and other green plants, They are followed by Root crops Carrots Parsnip Beetroot etc. They are followed by the Onions Leeks shallots etc.
So it is Legumes, Brassicas, Root crops and then Onion crops.
Well that is the rule which we all bend to fit everything in and rotation for my Father a very keen gardener also meant a fifth bed left fallow for a year or to grow green manure, the ducks hens and geese would be let loose on that patch from time to time to scratch it over.
The answer to your question would be a separate bed for the Alliums or Onion crops depending on whether you grow Scallions Leeks Pickling onions and Garlic.
Hope this helps.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 12:48

Dusted off my passport and crossed the Tees this morning, that was when I went well out of my way to dodge road works in Stockton only to find the A66 had road works on both side, well a lot of cones no sign of work??
It was stiflingly hot even though the sky looked like a curdled cake mix, should have used more flour. Daughter had to buy me a coffee in S&M, drinking hot coffee on a hot day seemed like S&M to me. Back home via the country lanes with the windows down, lovely views and cooling breeze what more could you wish for.


up to minate gardening

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 15:04

This has been a bad year for every gardener no matter where they are in GB, even though all gardens seem to be drowning I was very surprised to find dry places and pots when I check daily so in pouring rain had to water some plants, we also had more sun and heat than we thought which quickly dried things up depending on the drainage of any particular garden.
The gardens you mention are laid down from new with correct drainage and also the needs of the plants to be grown so they do have an advantage, we mere mortals have what we got when we bought the place we live in. My house was new build, (well thirty years ago now) I knew what was under the top soil so dug out drainage channels and put down deep gravel which sent the excess water downhill from me, it has paid off over the years, as with all things it is in the preparation, usually hard work but worth it in the end.

How do i Store lily bulbs??

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 14:46

Alex, depends on what kind of Lilium, there are many types and various rooting systems, most are just left in the ground over winter, in any case most of them need to be in the ground or pots by Autumn.
Stored bulbs shrivel and if you buy shop or garden centre bulbs it is best to rest them in damp peat or compost to bulk up again.
All you needed to do was dig down to the bulb remove any bulbils (Tiny Plates attached to the main bulb)  then refresh the soil around and above the bulb and place in a shelter spot until they start to show leaf.
I lift mine every three years divide them up and spread them out replanting them as I go, Any bulbils taken should be put into pots in a sheltered space and left to grow on around three years to flowers depending on type.
Refresh the soil with half compost and half loam and grit mixed then replant the bulbs put them in a sheltered place and they will show in spring, do not over water, stick a finger in the pot and it should have just a bit of the fibre on it, if the finger is muddy let them dry out a bit. Few plants need much water in winter just damp is enough.
Hope this helps but you can bet there will be other thoughts on this, we all have our ways.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 13:39

Here on Teesside I watched the biggest blackest cloud slowly wander overhead and vanish out to sea, that would have been some storm had it happened. It is now sunny and warm with some white cloud. The hills are looking bright and sunny after what appeared to be a real purple patch last night, well it looked very purple from my viewpoint ten miles away, I was saying to myself poor "Rain" she is getting it again.
Just had a bowl full of home made soup, roasted squash and veg,.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 10:34

Had some nice holidays in Tenby, good luck with the move.
Teesside today is blue sky above and to the north, the odd errant white puff ball cloud to the south and a bit darker stuff heading out to sea.
"Rains" Hills ten miles away are bright with sun so she will not be standing outside like King Canute trying to turn back the tide of water.
Not too much to do so may call up the road to our local nursery and peruse the plants (why does perusing mean you come away with empty pockets).


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 23:50


Unlike Andy's gold yesterday, Frank.  Or the gold for the show jumping.  Nick Skelton has been jumping for longer than I've been watching the sport on TV.  At last he's been rewarded.  But all these Olympics are doing nothing for my garden, the weeds and the dead-heading!

Posh Having a daughter in law as a show jumper got you into some rare company as we followed the local and some national shows, we never missed the Great Yorkshire Show renowned for the jumping. Ted Edgar Harvey Smith and many more.
Nick Skelton was one of Edgar's young riders and certainly a bit of a lad in his time. I was glad to see him come back and win his Olympic medal, that took guts.
More medals today although TV was out until tea time as the grandchildren were here, we had a good thunder storm which they watched and then sunshine right up to sunset, came in a bit cool though, the clouds coming from the west were belting out to sea at a rate of knots so clear skies tomorrow then???


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 14:22

Sunshine and blue sky for a while then heavy rain and back to sunshine.
Had the grandchildren playing happily in the garden until we got a clap of thunder, they sat in the conservatory watching the rain. It is all heading for the North Sea thank goodness although the Cleveland Hills looked a bit dubious.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 23:03

Mainly sun today not that it mattered i spent most of the time in the Velodrome and at the Boat racing, tonight was again special even though the medals were not going our way.
My Daughter in California said she is disgusted with American TV, they are only showing American winners and medal ceremonies, I told her they never did like to see others doing a proper job of things.
Just found out they have had heavy rain and flooding around Newcastle again, the same places as last time, I feel so sorry for them.
Well Posh, your Andy got his medals without my help, I was busy pushing Clancy around the Cycle track, hard work at my time of life.
My first Olympics took part whilst I was up to my ears in sand, I knew nothing of it, the next was radio and newspapers then B&W TV but we did have one of the first colour TV's and that made the Olympics special and they have been ever since, that's is when I was home to see them.


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