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Latest posts by Verdun

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.


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:25

Hello forkers 

thick mist this morning.  Should lift.  Should be warm again 

wisteria?  Stunning in flower for such a short time.  Then it looks awful for 11 months of the year. 

A nearby cottage has a Wisteria covering whole wall and around the side. 


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:52

Down here most of my geraniums are already pretty big mounds.....Elke has flowers too

ph in my soil

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:49

Dont go overboard.  I would incorporate mushroom compost in the immediate area cultivated for crops......I.e. I grow veg in 4 row formations 3" apart so 12" width.  I would spread a few bags over this area and mix it into the top few inches. Make sure no lumps or any of it is too fresh (usually it is well broken down).  It should grow some decent crops for you this year.

how much compost can you get?  

I apply mushroom compost very thickly in autumn.  Come the spring it is perfect to cultivate

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

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

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

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Oh eck!

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I love the Royals......

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