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Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:12

God morning everyone

Overcast but warm ...had some rain overnight but think it will be dry now, even sunny. The rain certainly freshens the garden and pushes growth.  Oops! Raining now....

Lunch today for me too.  Meeting my niece ...always nice. 

Peas need supports put in, carrots need thinning as do Beetroot.  Prob a weekend job but sooner its done the better.  Not my fav garden task.  

Blueberries looking good, gooseberries looking sparse, peaches forming but touch leaf curl, apples and pears forming. Summer is almost here.  


runner beans

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:04

Hiya shelley

Have they been eaten.?  Cant see any.

Have you sown seeds there?  

Frame looks good.

Have ??ou put any compost in the soil?

I would sow seeds indoors in a tray or two with about 18 seeds in each and covered with 2 cm of compost.  When germinated harden them off by taking them outside during the day and bringing them indoors at night for week or so.  Dig compost or chicken pellets Imto the soil and add an organic fertiliser like blood fish and bone.  Plant out your bean plants when 10 to 15 cm tall. Water well and keep some fleece handy in case of any frosts.  Using plastic ties loosely support to canes as they climb. An occasional seaweed tonic helps too.  Enjoy your runner beans 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 23:48

Feathery?  How about artemisia Powys castle?  Lovely silvery soft foliage. Perfect comfrast to grasses.  And lavendars, the ultimate in tactility plus scent and colour and, again, work well with grasses.  And santolinas .  Grey aromatic evergreen mounds

However, perhaps too many ideas are dissuading you from what you really want, viz., a billowing "wavy", swaying, tactile, feathery edge to your pathway.  Stipa Tennuissima would give you what you want and look good.  Sometimes I have too many ideas ....perhaps over complicated ones.......when the simple ones may be best.    If you want a grass pathway go for it. 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:50

A square of chocolate Dove?  Just gobbled a packet of chocolate raisIns.  Intended to share but, well, they were so tasty.  

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:46

ObelixxObelisks is spot on.  Bulbs amd grasses do not mix well.  Each spoils the other.  Grasses need their own space, ideally with contrasting but non-encroaching neighbours. ,

Sketch MrsG?  Me?

Day lilies and grasses will not look good together.  Too similar and day lilies are,likely to swamp any grasses.  Leave some spaces ...ideally another plant.....between these two.  Ditto Chives.  Should be in veg patch.  


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:37

Like the singing gardener I have used nematodes on the lawn and they are very effective.  Bit early just yet though but you can order them amd they will ne delivered at proper time.  

Watering can also help.  

Its not easy,is it?  We want a nice lawn to sit on but cannot if ants are present.  To choose a nice lawn isn't an offence against nature.  If so nobody would have the gardens they crave.  As long as ants aren't killed whenever they're seen.......if they're not causing a problem let them be.  

If I have a caterpillar problem this year.....they were destructive last year for many.......I will spray them if necessary.  This doesnt make me a "destroying the planet" guy.  I just want my plants to survive.

How to get rid of weevils

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:24

I had flying snails today.  

Mrs m2, what makes you think they were weevils?  Can you describe them?


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:21

Sounds fantastic Woody.  Exciting stuff 

Wot am I like eh?  Planted stuff yesterday but this evening had an impulsive change of mind and changed some of it.  Glad too...if all looks right now. 

Successful haggling day.  Firstly got cheaper deal for my niece's brakes.  Then, because she had problems with her mobile network, got compensation from EE.  Then I received a bill from a plumber who called a few weeks back to locate a water leak.  He did nothing but suggest someone else.  Bill was for £46.  Rang to ask, as a potential customer, if he charged for assessing any job and he said no.  Why charge me then? He scrapped the bill.    Money for more plants now 

Nice bright evening here amd warm 



Honeysuckle dramas

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 12:48

Yes I think so. 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 12:47

Ah, Dove. When I first had a pond I had to dash out to see the goldfish.  They got used to me coming with their food and it was mesmerising.  Think you are going to enjoy your pool just a little 

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