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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:57

You have been busy VS!

I've had a really productive day but still wish there were more hours (and more energy) to get my never ending list of things done!

We put some wire up to grow roses up a wall.  Tried to repair patches on the lawn where my other half has got completely carried away with his new weed extractor. It's a great toy, but the lawn now looks like a rugby pitch with huge holes everywhere! Planted some chard. Planted  more tomatoes in the greenhouse.  Planted a cucumber up in a grow bag.  Then did the usual greenhouse dance where everything gets shuffled around to try and make more room... and a few cheeky snails and slugs are evicted!

Rain and Water butts

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:48

We had some rain last night and a bit this morning but the water butts are far from full. I'm in Nottinghamshire. The beds are rock solid. 

Will be putting out a shallow bowl of water for the hedgehogs tonight. 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 19:45


sandiacre - not far at all! I'm Long Bennington, between Grantham and Newark. 

I'll tuck them back up inside the greenhouse at night then.

thanks again 

Maidenhair fern: Brown raised spots (underside) and some brown leaves

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 19:41

I have the same on mine. I find these plants almost impossible to keep. Mine is looking less than tip top! I tried really hard with my current one. Read up on the conditions they like etc kept it watered Using rain water, sprayed the leaves etc. This one seemed to get a tiny insect infestation. 

Any tips on keeping them looking good would be much appreciated!

fig problems

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:14

I wouldnt hard prune at this time of year, but a firm tidy up of branches should be ok. 

its devastating to lose plants....but at least it's an excuse for a trip to the garden centre! 

I bought a brown turkey fig 3 months ago at £14.99. 

Goid luck with it. I hope it perks up. Do let us know.

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:10

In the East Midlands. We did have a frost here this week, we are in a rural spot so a bit exposed. 

Will probs leave it for a couple of weeks then, and harden them off in the cold frame.


fig problems

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:31

Hi Bluebell15 

it could very well be frost. Figs are quite sensitive things and this year I found the frosts were particularly sharp. I lost a few plants in sheltered spots that had been fine in the years before. 

suggest some feed (tomato feed will do) and keep it watered (but not heavily so) to give it its best chance. Put it in the sunniest spot possible too. 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:27


my runner beans have had a growth spurt in their little pots in the greenhouse. Has anyone planted theirs out yet? Thinking of doing it today but not sure if I should wait a while. 

Also, same with bedding plants. Too early?


pet companions

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 06:02

Get well soon Buster! What a handsome chap. Gorgeous face.

leadfarmer, what gorgeous labs. They look so calm.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 18:21

Really sorry to hear the sad news about Michael. Thank you for letting us know Ellen.  I really enjoyed reading what Michael had been up to on his allotment. 

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