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Latest posts by rosie plum

strawberries

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 20:20

i dont even throw out the old 3/4 yr old plants...i divide them...they are like zombies..impossible to kill, iv fired them onto the compost heap and found them growing next year

dirty nails

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 14:45

brilliant mary3, glad it worked for you, and happymarion, my garden is very hard to work, really heavy compacted stony clay...im lucky to get an afternoon out of a pair of gloves!!!but your right...gloves should be worn for certain jobs..and always when handling chemicals...always!!!!but for putting bedding plants in and hand weeding i find i need to feel my way along and the gloves just dont suit!!

Compacted Soil

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 14:41

keep adding layers of compost or enough to plant what you need and then next year the worms will have dont the work for you....it saved me so much work as only getting a digger i would have fixed my problem!!it really works, you retain the goodness of the clay but it becomes much more friable good luck with it!!

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 23:04

well time enough for the garden tomoro, i having a few sups of guinness!!mmm

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:07

ooh the poor buggers burhinus... hope you gave them a quick death!!!!

i found a slug in an old plant pot by the muck heap...he was a monster!!!!!about 3+ inches long and almost as wide....it took some force to pull him away from the surface!!!!an old man slug i bet!!

Compacted Soil

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 21:50

i have broken pick axes on my stony clay soil...unless you get down with a super strong hand trowel and fork you will get no where...my only solution was to lay cardboard down..and make a temporary raised bed,fill with manure and anuuals and the odd shurb and after a year the worms did what only a digger could and i can now get a spades depth down...

gunnera manicata

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 21:31

Hi all, i have a gunnera manicata growing in well aerated and beefed out clay soil, the drainage is good, but although i have had the plant in a year and a half, it has never gotten really big, it is south facing but is shaded after about 4pm in high summer and hasnt been allowed to dry out, the soil is kept decently moist but not boggy, each year it starts off well but then seems to die back....i had been using dilute chicken manure and this year it started well again and i used this water with a small bit of chicken manure and again i noticed the leaves dying back.....so i checked it out and again the crown was rotting a bit with lots of small flies crawling around it, there were 4 decent offshoots with good root surrounding the main dying leaves which i teased off and replanted well away from the original...apart from watching each new plant in different habitats to see which suits, aspect etc and not using the chicken manure, i hope someone can advise me in the care of this plant, as the crown has survived over two severe winters (as low as minus 20) so it is seriously hardy!!

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 20:27

also small plant pots fills with hay, dry grass clippings, turned upside down and one side raised slightly for access and in the morn you can burn the contents, earwigs will crawl inside for shelter

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 13:42

moneymaker is a good one newleaf..well established..and burying them is really successful if they have gone leggy

dirty nails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 13:38

another one is to hang the ends of soap or a bar from your outside tap in some old tights, that way between dirty and clean garden jobs you dont have to take your wellies off and go indoors to do it 

Discussions started by rosie plum

gunnera manicata

caring for 
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potting bench

made from scraps and a pallet 
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Last Post: 11/04/2012 at 23:02

dirty nails

keeping hands clean 
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Last Post: 16/04/2012 at 09:45

slugs and snails

how to protect plants 
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Last Post: 14/04/2012 at 07:26
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