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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 17:29

Been out in the garden all day..its cold but bright here in South Wales.  Finished all the pruning today, roses, grasses, honeysuckle, clematis all the normal stuff for this time of year. Greenhouse is overflowing, had to order some more staging today as my windowsills are also full. Sweet peas and geraniums are looking fab. The hubby has been finishing the second pond. He looked frozen stood in shorts in the water.....

Still don't know wet her to put my sea holly seedings back in the fridge as the packet states. Anybody know if I should. Loads have germinated

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 17:20

I love Monty and can't wait to see Nigel. He give me loads of inspiration  as do the other GW team. Maybe people that don't like him or any tv gardener lack the imagination to adapt the styles to suit their own gardens. Any body can copy but it's more fun to take ideas and turn the garden into your own bit of Chelsea!

Dug up roses

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 15:49

Put pepper around the plant. I get the same problem with rats, the dogs go out and dig up where ever a rat might have been

Filling raised beds

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 15:46

Horse manure in the base is good for nutrients and keeps the soil warmer as it decomposes.  And you can normally get it for free! I then buy topsoil from my local recycling plant to go on top.  If growing veg I  then put more manure over the top in the winter to rot down. Or scatter some around the plants in my flower border. Don't let fresh manure touch the actual plant though

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 15:36

I planted sea holly on 14th Feb and now I have loads of little seedlings..  The packet states that I have now got to put them in the fridge for 2 weeks then warm for 2 weeks then back in fridge for another 2 weeks.. as I have got all I need do I still have to do this cycle or is this cycle just for germination. I don't want to kill my seedlings in the fridge when they seem so healthy

help with yellow jasmine

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 13:11

Thanks all. I wasn't sure if it was the winter jasmine as it was in flower in June when I bought it.  I'll leave it alone for now and see what happens, just bought new obelisk for it. Looks lovely in the sun today 

help with yellow jasmine

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 04:16

Hi I bought a yellow flowing jasmine at GW  live in June 2 years ago..It was in flower when I bought it. It is now about 6fT tall but has not flowered since. It seems to be an evergreen variety but not as deep green as my star jasmine, more of a light green and a softer texture to the leaf. I have lost the name tag. Does anybody know when and how I prune it and why it has not flowered since even though it appears very healthy and has grown loads. 

Dealing with garden drainage--clay soil.

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 04:01

We have heavy clay too. We have installed perforated pipes around the edge of the patio and dug a number of holes around the garden and filled them with large stones getting smaller towards the top then lawn on top.  All my beds are raised using railway sleepers backfilled with bought in topsoil and sand and gravel. Bulbs are a big no no as they just rot! Every plant has a bigger than normal hole dig then topsoil and gravel put in around the new plant. Roses, hydrangea dogwood and camelias have done very well in my garden but everything takes a while to settle in. If they start looking really sick I pot them back up and when better I try them in another place. 


Posted: 25/02/2015 at 14:18

Depends on the temp you don't  want any bad frosts until they have established.  I can put nematodes  down in my front garden which is very sheltered at the start of march but will wait until end March early April to do my cold back garden. I think they do survive the winter when they get established as I am still finding empty snail shells     and have not seen no a slug yet. I have been using nematodes for 3 years now.  First year I did 2 applications second and third year I have only used 1 application and still getting good results. It does not clear them completely but gives the plants and wildlife a fighting chance.. would not be without nematodes... also used the one for sawfly last year and my goose berries  survived best crop ever


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:29

Been out in the greenhouse and put some last rose cuttings in to root. The hubby and father in law are braving the hailstones under a pop up gazebo putting up my new above ground pond. Going into my stables soon to bag up some manure. Miserable day here very cold. Greenhouse heater is going full blast dreading the electric bill!

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