Latest posts by quercus_rubur

The average gardener

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:34

I agree Dove,  we need to define what average is. Here's my definition of an average gardener:

Can identify plants that are in your garden

Know that aspect, soil type and watering regime are important

Know the definition of a weed

Know which bugs are good and which aren't so good

Know the difference between organic and inorganic fertilisers

Any other suggestions?


Is it me?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:23

I think Monty gave a good piece of advice when he said to ignore what he or any garden show says and go with what your weather is like locally. My ground is hard, I put water out for the birds and an hour later it's frozen, might just manage broad beans in my raised bed. Sharpening the garden tools and watching GW is my limit of gardening activity at the mo.

The A-Z of Gardening's been good, and I'm glad they're now showing this and GW on sunday morning

Greenhouse dwarf wall

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 09:24

I used to have one in my old garden which was glass to the floor. I think they're less robust than the ones with a dwarf wall around. Depending on where you are, what aspect your GH has, and what you're growing I think a wall around the bottom is likely to protect plants - esp. the roots - better from frost than glass to the ground. However, if light is limited then glass all round may be the answer


moving rubarb

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 08:57

I'd be splitting mine if I could get a spade/fork in the ground - I'd probably break my ankle if I tried it at the moment. Hopefully it will warm up soon. It was very sunny yesterday but the ground is still frozen  

My new lawn

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:24

Me too, but it's the best kind of disease 


Posted: 08/03/2013 at 07:02

Nightgarden, why don't you just add paper and cardboard to your compost without burning? It's a good source of carbon and breaks down easily.

I use compost for top dressing, but also add a small amount into the soil I'm planting in e.g. raised beds. It's great for lots of veg

Another tip for anyone who works in an office where they use printer toners, or if you ever replace a toner in a printer at home. The toners are usually packed in "egg box" type of cardboard. It's a great addition to compost. 

My new lawn

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 06:49

Yes thanks for the cartoon Sue! Does anyone else find it hard to relax in the garden? I find that I sit down to read a book, or have a drink, and then I see a weed or something that needs pruning and 2 hours later .... Do I need help? 



Posted: 06/03/2013 at 07:27

Some good tips here. I'd not thought about leaving the moss for the birds. Ash does keep slugs at bay - I also use coffee grains

Ash in compost is fine as long as  it's well incorporated into the compost

My new lawn

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:19

I would have thought hollow tining a good idea  and add some horticultural sand into the mix if it's heavy clay as the clay will cause water to stand on the top 


Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:13

I've always put bulbs popping up in unexpected places down to squirrels. I planted snowdrops in my back garden for years. They never flourished, but I got them coming up in the front garden where I didn't plant them.

I've now got them growing in the back after planting them in the green rather than bare bulbs

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