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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 22:09

I think it was because it wasn't well rotted. I had two new beds to fill and so I bulked them out with rather a lot of fresh horse manure. But maybe it could have been contaminated.  It was free stuff from a kind soul who bags it and puts it on the road side for anyone who wants it. 

I'lol post a picture tomorrow. Would be great to get your opinion of the sickly looking peas! 

hope you get a good bounty of new pots runny!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 19:44

Salmon burgers Runny; deeeeelicious! 

The new potatoes were out of this world! Results of a little fettle to see if any were ready. 

I over manured two new raised beds this year. The tatties don't seem to have minded by my peas, runners and broad beans have been a bit if a disaster.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 19:16

Harvested some goodies and then made a lovely tea with them. Smashing day.


Nuisance Nettles

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 09:06

Hi Boo 

if you get some thick gloves on you could have a go at gently pulling them out at the root but be careful not to disturb your fruit plants too much. You could cut the nettles down first to make it easier but leave enough stalk to be able to get a good grip of them. 

Alternatively you could just cut them down and keep them low for now. Then dig them out when your fruit trees have finished fruiting and the ground is softer.

you can make plant food from nettles by leaving the nettles soaking in water for a few weeks. Great at this time of year for anything leafy that doesn't flower like herbs and some shrubs. Beware though, it honks! I stuff old tights with nettles and leave them in the water butt which avoids touching the stuff and straining nettle liquid. Works a treat!


does anyone know what I've done with my secateurs?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 11:14

They are probably in the fridge, garage, wardrobe or car!

Beautiful Day

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 07:45

Sorry to hear it was too hot for you Papi. Here in the Midlands it was just perfect. Forecast is for it to get hotter here but no where near as hot as France.

Bats in the belfry

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 07:42

When bats circle around in the evening in the garden, how likely are they to bump into me when I'm pottering about? they come pretty close, and fly really low. My neighbour told me to watch out as the phrase 'blind as a bat' means they might fly into you. He had a wry smile. Was he pulling my leg?

Need Inspiration

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 22:22

That looks great. Are you going to have any structures? Little walls or steps up to small areas? Another tip someone gave me when I had a garden that was long and narrow. It really gave interest and variety. Are you going to have any water butts or compost bins? Maybe instead of an arch you could build a pergola at one side. I have seen some very clever use of garden mirrors too that look like windows. They gave a really good illusion of depth and light. Are you going to have any garden lighting? Soooo effective. That's something to do first as involves digging up. Keep us posted on your progress. I bet it'll look fab!

Beautiful Day

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 21:49

hello - what a lovely day! The garden was a joy to potter about in and enjoy the warmth. Just lifts the spirits. Times like this that I feel so lucky to enjoy gardening. Just get so much out of it. Hope others had a fab day too!

Need Inspiration

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 21:40

Hi Shane, I always think that a winding path in a long narrow garden looks good as it widens the space and draws the eye into the garden. I love to see arches too with something pretty and colourful growing over them, and trees; perhaps some silver birch as they are slender and their colour is a pop of brightness. Good at the end of a long garden. Perhaps incorporate different areas like a seating area, a nice bench and a wildlife area. Get some bird boxes in and a bird bath. Ooh, and an area of planting for bees and butterflies to create interest.  Maybe a raised bed, or trough, for some home grown veggies too. I'm excited for you!  Oooh, and some evergreens like holly for winter interest. 

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