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To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 12:56


Such a lovely sunny morning that I continued with my tidy up...

dug trench for runner beans....scraped off top weeds and upturned them first then emptied one of my compost bins into the trench.  Clean veg patch......although I will resume growing winter crops next year .....and a row of orange wallflowers planted on top to make a nice edge.  the dormant period here is very short.....prob mid December to mid January it won't be long before those wallflowers flower 

So, clean good looking soil and tidy border. The veg patch will be easier to cultivate now in spring 

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 08:50

That's fine Bekkie.   It's just the recent clamour that we MUST leave our gardens uncut over winter or be considered bad guys !  


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 08:37

Morning folks

good weather today I think.  

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 08:35

Disagree with treating my garden like the great outdoors.  Sorry Mike.

so many are now saying we should let our gardens remain untidied, unkempt and neglected over winter.....for the "wildlife" etc.  Our gardens are not generally like the great outdoors nor need to be.  Let our gardens be like that and we would be overrun. I could give example after example why we should control our little plots but many are obvious.  

Because it's so mild here I do cut everything down before winter.  It cuts down work come the spring and it cuts down on the nasties over wintering in my patch.  I grow organically, don't kill creatures just because they're there and try to grow so plants are "happy".  I have birds galore visiting me, a hedgehog or two, the odd fox and who knows what else so I'm doing something right.

i would hate to live next door to someone who doesn't tidy his/her  allotmeneeds know what I mean.......

i am lucky to live in an area with lots of open green  spaces where wildlife is abundant.  We need to be sensible and practical.....we humans come first.  We are not bad people for wanting to cultivate our plots, for wanting only our own plants to thrive instead of the weeds or for tidying our gardens over winter.


Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 19:37

Language Philippa 

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 19:36

Yes agree no plant names but it's a feel good prog.  Just watched the Yorkshire  programme and I just had to smile throughout

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 18:19

Bramble seedlings are easy to,pull out.  This is the time to get rid of those brutes



Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:56

Thanks're my favourite .  Mum was happy enough.  I took in choc mints too that residents delighted in sharing.

not my mum really, difficult to talk to or understand.  Dementia is a sad disease to experience in someone close.  had it not been for a stroke she would be free of dementia so a cruel situation.  

Runnybeake, prepare yourself for a long, long, long evening.  Doddy never stops

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:52

Little-ann, record them and watch when you want to. I have most yet to watch.

i have to say here is a programme, given a lot of thought to, has brought delight to the gardeners it has visited and is on every day and for more than 25 mins.  What would we have asked for in a to programme at this time of year?  

Yes Christine Walkden is loud, over the top........carol kleine?......and slightly cringing in some of her ways but I think most of us enjoy the programmes and the lady herself.  

If we aren't careful the tv planners will think they need not bother about gardening programmes.  

Marguerites, Dianthus, campanula, Agapanthus and lavender need instruction

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:44

Yes save them all. the marguerites will be tender but you can, even now, still take cuttings from them.  Try anyway.  Keep indoors.  Your mini greenhouse is enough but fleece for marguerites.  Even if you don't take cuttings bring in the marguerites .....trim them back, remove flowering stems, clear away debris and check bottoms of pots for nasties.  

would hold back drastically on watering anything now.  Just keep an eye out that they don't dry out completely. ,

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