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July in the garden!!

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 15:31

I dragged a few pictures from our Gallery for you all. Please bear in mind that this a new garden as we have only lived here three months:


July in the garden!!

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 13:11

An absolutely dismal story in the Potsmith garden.

We have lost all our outdoor tomatoes (six varieties) to blight. We furtled our potatoes and got barely enough for one meal.

We have lost our beans, peas, spinach, strawberries, lillies, basil and onions to the bad weather for one reason or another.

On a plus side the greenhouse is doing fabulous! Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are growing like mad. The sweetcorns outside are also doing well and the sweet peas picked up in the last week as well.

We have lots of pictures in our Gallery.


Posted: 09/12/2011 at 19:23

 I live in rental accommodation and we are not permitted to lift or plant anything in our tiny cottage garden.

Last year I hard pruned what I thought was a dead tree, right down to the ground leaving about 10inchs of a trunk and left it. I made a nice little corner rockery around it and filled that with Forget-me-nots, tulips and sweet peas. But, in the summer time the tree went rampant and unruly and suddenly it was covered in bunches of white flowers followed by berries!

Further investigation led to the conclusion that this tree is an Elderberry, a hidden gem that I thought I had killed! As I am not allowed to dig it up I wondered if I could perhaps take a hardwood cutting from it before I prune it back now all the leaves have fallen from it?

If I can, what is the best method to use? I know how to do heel, hammer and *stick cuttings. Would any of these work and when would be the best time for to do it?

*Stick cutting - My Granddad would call it this, where you cut between buds and leave the top cut at an angle so water can drain off and the bottom end flat where the new roots will shoot.

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