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runner beans

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:30

Oops!  Didn't notice the tops as welshonion did.  

Canes do need to be wider at the bottom and tied in at the top.  If your beans grow well there will be a lot of weight on those supports.  Also to put in a cane at the ends of,the rows forming a triangle here to stop rocking.  

Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:26

No longer do these newspaper garden offers.  Always had poor response.  

Online suppliers.....the good ones.....have upped their game over recent two or three years.  Excellent plants, perfectly packed and delivered a day or two after ordering in many cases.  And the choice and variety is amazing.  

Just waiting.......

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:20

I'm waiting to see my new agastaches and heleniums flower.  Also for wallflowers and stocks ...which have been fantastic......to go over and get all my summer perennials back in.  

I guess though I'm not really waiting.  This is a fast time of year so it's really trying to keep up 

HELLO FORKERS!

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. 

HELLO FORKERS!

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.  

Ants

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?

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