Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 27/11/2013 at 08:29

Hello forkers

Cloudy not too cold.  

Sorting out car issues for a friend later.....well, making sure garage takes notice and gives correct service.  Dont know why it is but garages seem not to take women drivers seriously!  Should  be a cuppa in it for me.......maybe even a toasted sandwich.  

Have gcod day folks 



Who lives in a microclimate?

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:59

Hiya stevieb15 and welcome to the forum 

Re your blackcurrants.  Don't forget...sure you know anyway...they are greedy feeders so plenty of compost, manure and fertiliser. 

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:51

Hee hee hee.  

Buddleja 'Buzz' revisited

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:46

Snap nut 

winter tidy up

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:42

Patsy.  Did you incorporate fish blood n bone fertiliser?  Or another organic one?  Offen foxes will dig looking for the fish, etc. I would leave piece of mesh or similar around the plant for a while 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:25

Come on folks.  This is a jokes thread.  Everybody welcome.  

Its jokes....even pathetic beano-type ones like mine....that lift our spirits 


Buddleja 'Buzz' revisited

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:20

Hello marklikesbees

I would just leave them as they are now.  Come the spring I would pot on into bigger pots and they will grow away vigorously.  When they do I would cut back each of those two stems at least half way.  Shoots will then form.  I would plant out then or pot on again and prune again to encourage another set of shoots.  You will then have a nice bushy plant.  

2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 19:47

I would dig out the water feature next.  It's the "messiest" 

Maybe, sInce you already have a patio, you could do the bigger version later.

The chickens?  Nice touch 

Dont rush.  Do each area as well as possible from the start.  No point in cutting corners

brompton stocks

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 19:31

Izzy, I always grow stocks over winter. 

I don't know how hardy they are elsewhere but for me they provide good colour and lovely scent on fairly large grey bushes into the spring.  For some reason mine this year are either white or the white ones and I think the scent is stronger. They make nice addition to wallflowers or any other planting you may have.

I think there will be a problem if growing on acid soil........suggest adding lime or adding mpc around the roots at plantImg time 

If your plants are in the greenhouse now I would hesitate in plantImg out now.  It's pretty cold at moment.  However, if you have some fleece I would cover for a while to help them acclimatise.  Avoid wet soils too I think .  Are your plants fairly large or are they still seedlings?  Would plant seedlings out in spring

winter tidy up

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 19:16

I'm aware we should keep sticks, leaves etc for wildlife.  However, I am a "tidyist".  

I do keep one or two areas for wildlife but in my borders and generally in the garden I keep things clear and "clean".  It keeps woodlice, snails, etc away from my precious plants.

Perhaps I am not yet environment-conscious enough!!  

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