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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:42

Keen, acteas and veronicastrums are wonderful plants so pleased you have some too.  My acteas are already producing their rich purple/brown leaves 

applied nematodes on veg patch early this morning.....ones for carrot fly, onion fly and other soil pests.  Will apply again in mid June.  

in complete contrast to yesterday and recent days when it was so sunny and warm today it is overcast and damp.  Not rain just mizzle....heavy mist and drizzle.  Perfect for nematodes to settle in. 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:35

Nice GD.  

My pelargoniums are outside too....been there for a few weeks now but some are always left outside over winter

Cornwall and Guernsey have an ongoing rivalry as to who has best weather.......of course!  .Cornwall wins hands down 

as a matter of info pelargoniums grown outside are much hardier and less affected by white fly and other pests.  And I have never seen a slug or snail on pelargoniums

Hosta help again

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:24

Pretty sure my hostas are clean but I do check for mottling or blurred variegation Hosta 

We will find viruses cropping up on all sorts of plants local nursery had a batch of infected cannas that she had to burn.  

Clean tools and being alert I think 

Blueberries and watering

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 19:10

Soft water here and I do use tap water.  Get excellent crops on healthy bushes with masses of buds already showing.

4 large bushes would take a lot of time to water ...hose is quick for me with no problems 

a personal judgement call I think 

Hosta help again

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 18:17

I know hosta. 

Tempted to get rid because as soon as I had it...impulse buy.....I learned it was one of the most susceptible to HostaX .  Loathe to part with it as I do like it.

I have it in a pot away from other hostas and check it every year....4 years now....for signs of virus.  I also will not divide it....virus seems to spread from cut wounds (?) 

still undecided about keeping it.........what would you do?  How did it affect your stock? 

My gold Standard shows no sign of about 30 cm high with clear defined solid colour and no mottling.  Of course, not all Gold Standards are infected.,


Happy at home

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 18:10

Lovely bulkerb.

hot day here ....fed grass and put sprinkler on. 

yep, I feel same about my garden   

Lovely weather for December - Sorry late April

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 15:58

Another lovely day....roasting here.  April has been pretty good 


Posted: 30/04/2016 at 15:55

Logan people need to park their cars.  New housing doesn't provide enough space for parking so what are they to do?

maybe you are lucky.  I have space for several cars so don't have that worry but visiting other people and it is different; no space 

our population is increasing year on year; every house has a car but prob 2 cars.!!  

I love to see lawns and I too see patios and decking replacing them, weed membrane put down everywhere and front gardens dug up to create car spaces....none of them contributes to the environment or wildlife.  

What is the alternative Logan?

Killing weeds

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 15:45

Ben, dig them out but have some seed to hand to backfill with . The only truly organic way

however, is it organic to spend hours digging out such weeds....many like dandelions are almost impossible to dig out

i use a lawn weed spot killer....the chemical soon dissipates and the job is done.  

My garden is a healthy one and as organic as I can make it .bees, butterflies,,foxes, hedgehogs and birds of all types visit so I don't think the odd dose of weedkiller will make any difference. 

Copper tape

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 15:37

There are always dire warnings from alien worms to killer bees and killer european slugs. No doubt of it there are new threats to our plants from pests and diseases and they are on the increase but.......

We have "weapons" ....copper tape does work; it is not expensive.  You need to shop around.  Tape has been around my pots for 4 years I guess and I have no doubt they will be effective this year too.  Never noticed it going green either.  If you see slugs in your pots they prob came from eggs in the soil or from drainage holes but these wont be many

the judicious use of pellets helps...not tossing them all over the garden in vast numbers

nematodes work too

night vigils with torch and salt solution makes a big difference.

we have ways and means of producing our crops.....I dismiss the doomsday scenarios  for now anyway 

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