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Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:57

you couldalways bung a load in and cut as shoots for salads.  Thats what I do up until the first frosts.

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:55

I enjoyed last week's episode too.  I much prefer the programme going into gardens, large and small and having the owner talk through their plot, the advantages and disadvantages, what works and what doesnt.

I only buy the GW mag occasionally now.  For example, for the two-for-one card.  I used last year's card in a number of counties, including the one where I live.  Next garden in the 2-for-1 scheme on my list is Poppy Cottage in Cornwall.  Its been shown on GW a couple of times and I have been in Spring and summer.  Will be taking my mum when she is in Cornwall later this year.  Its stunning

Then and Now.....

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:36

Looks great.  I imagine the fence and planting help as windbreaks?


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 11:48

Thanks Runnybeak.  It was a difficult decision but as we dont know how long we wont be able to commit to the plot, it wasnt fair to continue.

Hubby has started to dismantle beds but he did manage to pick a sizeable crop of our first, early strawbs which are now finishing ripening in the conservatory!

I have some climbing french beans, spinach and peas (for pea shoots) in posts in the garden but its not quite the same!

Anyone have damage from last night's tulmultous weather?

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:15

I live in North Cornwall and things were pretty windy here earlier this week.

Top of my black sambucus has snapped off and the new stalks of my stipia gigantica are all bent over.  My climbing rose looks a little battered but I think its okay.


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 14:36

I wait until they start to ripen then net. 

Unfortunately, have had to give up the alloment recently.  Poorly mother and mother in law mean that we are unable to dedicate the time any more.  Havent been up there to work on it since February when MIL went into hospital.

So we are going to give it a tidy, dismantle the raised beds and leave it in a suitable state.  Hubby started to strim very overgrown paths yesterday and managed to pick a sizeable first crop of early strawbs.  Sad, but cant really see a way around it or a foreseeable end to current situation.

Funny pest control !!!

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 14:28

I can also recommend the humane mouse traps.  My 'unwelcome visitors' came into the house courtesy of my cat who couldnt be bothered to finish the mouse off.  Trap worked quickly and said visitor was released away from the house and garden in some scrubland.

Bird ID

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 14:25

Buttercupdays, one in my garden also imitates my house phone which is very annoying!

A present for the birds

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:13

I have been doing exactly the same and putting it in my bird feeders.  Great to think that some baby birds are snuggling up to 'Murphy fluff' when they hatch!

Mystery plant

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:04

Although they do like moisture, I have one in my very sunny south facing garden and very rarely water it!  Mine started flowering last week and I now have in total 14 buds/those in full flower.

To deadhead, just pull from the base of the flower stem (like you would pull rhubarb).

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