Latest posts by Verdun

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 

fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 13:10

forgot to mention that Bob....only testing you 

Planting out veggie seedlings

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:23

Harden them off first's not just low temps,but the environment too that they need to adjust to.  

Radish, beet and lettuce are tough but yours will be a little soft right now.  Give them 4 days or so.

mine have been growing in the garden for few weeks now.....mild .s.w. ....with lettuce already being eaten. 

Ps. Keen,   you could  plant them out and fleece them once planted for few days.....for first day keep fleece on them during day too



Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:19

Ha ha Kitty, cosmos want to grow as tall as possible so regular pinching will divert energy from growth to flowers.  

For a bit of fun last year I allowed one cosmos plant to just grow by removing all buds.  I used a 8' bamboo cane to support it.  It was tucked in behind a shrub and looked "interesting" as flowers eventually tumbled over it.  I guess it could make a climber if tied in to a fence or wall.......might try that . Anyone done this? 

fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:11

No bookmaster.  weather is warming now.  

Espaliers and cordons have extra wall protection....reflected heat from the yours will be fine.  If yours are anything like mine we are in for a bumper crop 

fleece flapping around, should wind occur, will damage blossom anyway 


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 21:34

online Linda.  Check it out.  For me its nostalgia a child in Australia 

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