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Latest posts by Verdun

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 19:30

Had a few hanging baskets...quite good too if I say so myself (and I do )  however watering twice a day, dead heading....just too fiddly


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 19:28

Yes I do.  Especially to help harden them off.  Used currently for carrots for carrot fly and at sowing time to protect onions (from birds) beetroot etc.  also fleece peas to prevent maggot fly at flowering time.  Very useful.  I have just planted out sunpatiens in a trough and despite the warm weather they are covered at night for a short while.  

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 19:24

Just keep an eye on your lupins and spray before the flower spikes form. first came across this lupin aphid a few years back...I under stood it to be an American type.  A single spray in the evening is usually enough I find.  

Cant remember name of shrub

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 16:51

It IS a pieris 

Last year's carrots

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 12:23

Lyn, it's not the fertiliser that makes carrots fork.   It's the manure,,or stones etc.  fertiliser is fine.  Obviously mixed into the soil well


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 12:17

done carrot thinning...worst job in the garden but satisfying when done.  Veg grown as 4 rows 3" apart.

roasting here now.  Mist lifted early 

healthy lunch.., own lettuce,,cheese, coriander and fresh wholemeal plus a glass of gold top milk. 

Mild night has produced more hosta growth the emerging hostas, esp the variegated ones.


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:39

Winter, yuccas are not really garden friendly plants.  Dangerous.  Think twice about planting them esp if children around.  Down here they can be seen as huge plants quite commonly.  Nice foliage where  people don't walk.

ph in my soil

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:36

Bracken, I have lorry loads of mushroom compost delivered now and then.  I apply it in autumn prob 6" thick.

its as Edd says ....not very nutritious but adds bulk.  Fish blood and bone complements it very well.  Also the winter rains wash out the salts over winter to leave a nice compost come veg sowing time.

Last year's carrots

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:32

Yep.  Your  sense of humour is mine Edd.  Isn't that sad? 


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:30

I think you're right about Orion Chicky.  I have different blues but difficult to compare vigour as soil conditions vary quite a bit.

ann Folkhard is a brilliant magenta colour on yellowish foliage.  Flowers forever.

Discussions started by Verdun

New garden prog just about plants

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Spring onions

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Oh come on......

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Alan's new series

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When is a scented rose not......?

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WHAT IF.........

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Last Post: 17/06/2015 at 13:10

Why I resort to online purchases....

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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:35

Not more photos.....

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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 20:49

Nematodes for carrots....

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Been knipped.......

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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 02:59

There's orangey........

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Last Post: 20/05/2015 at 19:34

Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 18:26

Oh no.....not again...

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 11:45

Oh eck!

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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 21:56

I love the Royals......

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