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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:51

Sorry Andy and darren.......I should say those cream teas were awful 

but they weren't......they were full of Cornish Clotted Cream and local strawberry jam on top of huge freshly baked scones.  And help yourself I did with gusto.  Too much really but I coped . Had to have my share and half of someone else's 

never have my astrantias attacked darren....touch wood ...but its early for them so they will grow again 


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:45

Agree.  Heavy wet winter soil is fatal to achilleas

next autumn divide and pot them up for the winter 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 15:27

Phew!  Bloomin' hot 

planted out lupins...ex 3 litre pots.....osteospermum voltage yellow from 1 litre pots that were cuttings taken in autumn, and mulched border there with mixture of chicken manure and compost.  Ground and planting looks good there now . Potted on cosmos and argyranthemums into 1 litre pots...they will be potted on again in 2 weeks or so.  All pinched out 

so many things in flower...white osteospermums cascading, white iris, blue lithodoras, anemone blanda, helianthemums, arabis, brunneras, aubretias, camelias, rhodos, abutilon, montanas, etc. etc.   Who said spring would be dull this year? 

Off now for a well deserved (free) cream cake 

Which brigade are you?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 11:35

No dig.  But.......

I thoroughly dig first getting lots of compost/manure in there.  

Why no  dig!  Because the nutrients remain in the top spit of soil where the veg roots are.  It produces excellent crops for me.  It protects the soil surface over winter.  It looks good   

(in ordinary ..non clay...soils hiwever, I don't think digging "destroys the soil structure" at all.  In fact it incorporates air and loosens it in my opinion.) 

the exceptions (in the veg patch) are runner bean tremch where loads of garden compost are added, the onion patch now and then and peas. 



Posted: 15/04/2016 at 11:27

I was kidding Philippa 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 11:02

Lyn, "rant" as much as you want to.  You are a wonderful support to your dad right up to the end.  

words fail me that you cannot get the help you need. "5th richest country in the world" I keep hearing yet no money for basic care. 

Hang in there Lyn


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 07:55

Trouty, keep re potting as they grow.  

Some will say plant out when they have filled 9 cm pots but don't.  Plant them out only when they have filled at least 1 litre pots.  They will start to produce tubers in late summer 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 07:30

Morning everyone 

warm and blue sky now.  Damp overnight

notice astilbes, hackon grasses have grown overnight..! ..but everything is moving apace now

Planting out hostas

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 18:27

it is an amazing time of year hosta 

Planting out hostas

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 18:17

Winter, I have not noticed any such changes neither in size nor colour . Decent size divisions usually have a vigour outdoing the original plant in my experience.

hey!  Hostas popping up everywhere now and some with pretty long leaves 

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