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Dig For Victory

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 16:18

Lyn - I think Clari is intending to have a Dig for Victory corner at her 40's exhibition next Easter. As part of that she will be inviting kids to plant sunflower & squash seeds (on the day) & then (over the rest of the season) there could be a comp to see who can grow the largest (a clever way to get repeat visits to the museum  - as well as sparking horticultural interest in the kiddies).

I think it's a great idea 

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 10:34

I didn't understand it either - glad it's not just me 

low fruiting hedge ideas

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:37
Espalier apples / pears or cordons could work well for you. Is there a tree nursery near you? If they grow, train and supply fruit trees they would be well worth a visit to get expert advice. They will be able to help you choose the best varieties for your chosen method of cultivation & for cross pollination. They will also give you advice on training & pruning.

If you are anywhere in E Anglia a trip to Crown nursery at Ufford is very rewarding. Lots of help from them & they offer pruning courses and apple tasting days to try some heritage varieties

Clearing a garden

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:24
That's well on the way mr T.

It will be a bit patchy & look rather thin for ages but it will start to thicken up when you start to cut it. In another couple of weeks it will be fairly obvious if there are any areas where the seed hasnt germinated or has been washed away & you could put a little extra seed there - but for the moment it looks just as it should.


Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:05
Sorry Clari my family are quite a bit further north than that. But can I suggest that a bit nearer the time you put out a new plea for local members to bring you in spare plant pots - I always have a shedful from my GC purchases & regularly return some to a local nursery for recyling.

If I'm on my way up to see my rellies at the relevant time I'll happily do a detour with a box of small pots.
A local GC might also donate some sacks of compost in return for a bit of free PR and advertising. Sounds great fun

Good News for Mike

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 08:57
Always pleased to hear when somebody has come out the other side of the Big C experience & all the unpleasant treatments and procedures that go with it.

I'll raise my morning cuppa to you Mike & hope you continue to make good progress & can have a happy season in the garden next year.


Posted: 30/08/2014 at 08:48
Good morning everybody - been v busy this week as I'm off on my jollies too on Wed (the Dordogne). Fortunately the weather seems to be improving.
Your job sounds really interesting Clari - which museum is it - I have lots of family in Yorks & they might be able to help with plant pots etcif it's the right bit.

Bekkie's idea is really good - we all have seed left over each season & a lot of us produce more than we reuse each year.

could someone ID this please

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 18:08

Hi Panda - you snuck in there - hope things good with you - love what you're doing with your garden 

could someone ID this please

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 18:07

Penstemons are a bit on the tender side so if you are on heavy clay and / or you get harsh winters you might be better off protecting it over winter (shed should be ok - but not until much nearer the frosts start).

If, however, you're on lighter soil and / or the winter isn't usually too bad you could probably still get away with planting it now - my penstemons usually survive all but the harshest winters & the soil where I grow them is quite heavy.

Either way I'd take some cuttings now & keep them under cover for the winter. They strike really easily & hopefully you'll have loads of plants either for yourself or to swap / give away by next spring.

Irrigation System

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 23:11
I'm not entirely sure I fully understand what you mean David but if you are thinking about 2 separate, permanently installed systems that you can operate at different times - then you should be able to do that.
At the 'tap' end of the supply hose you have a valve which stops the risk of water from the irrigation system being drawn back into the mains water supply. I think it also helps to regulate the mains water flow so it doesn't 'blow' your irrigation system.

You would normally attach this valve to your outdoor tap but I can't see why you couldn't have 2 valves - one each on the 'tap' end of each irrigation system - and then use a regular hosepipe to attach to the valve to 'transport' the water to the system when you want to use the system (its just a regular hozelok type connection). You can swap the hosepipe between systems as required.

The advantage of this is that you can have the irrigation systems set up some distance from the tap and you're using regular hose to bring the water to each system instead of relying on long lengths of permanently installed 13mm supply hose running from tap to system.

One thing I would advise is that you find a way to keep the regulating valves off the ground & cover them when not in use. Any muck in the system will soon block it.

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