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Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 16:26

Can't access my pms, they are not in any order, can't edit posts and it's raining.  Brum, did you send the rain?

Autumn colour

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 16:22

Envious of those autumn colours.....too near the sea for that 

Mulching: when, how?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 10:57

That's the other side of the coin Ginglygangly.  Mulches  tend to encourage slugs, etc.

Re namatodes, I don't  think a mulch will have any effect on them.  More likely is that eggs, etc have come in with the mulch. 

Bark chips as a mulch, for me, harbour woodlice as well as slugs n snails.  Not a mulch I like except for paths .

Serious! Really

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 09:32

Sara.  Yep Diana Rig too.  Thought of her when I posted.  Agree with Pottie...this thread brings back so many memories.  Full respect to the originator of this thread 

Mulching: when, how?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 09:27

Ideally ...for me...mulching is about applying a thick layer of compost, etc to the soil after it has been cleared of weeds in the early spring.  However, I do it after planting something whatever time of year that is. Currently making new border and am mulching as I go regardless of what season it is.  Not this year, but in most years I will get a large load of mushroom compost or manure and apply it to my bare veg patch in October or November.  Come spring it will,be cultivated into the surface of the soil...apart from runner bean tremch I practise the "no dig" system.  

I think there is too  much theory and thinking about mulching.  If you live in a cold area a "mulch" of straw, etc or fleece under a cloche  may help protect crowns over winter but mulching for feeding the soil, for moisture retention, etc. can be done af any time.  It protects the top layer of soil and encourages worms and the like to do their work.

Heavy mulching in autumn can encourage rotting and often delays spring growth.  If you have heavy soil I would avoid this. Ideally mulch in spring when the soil is wet but mulch when you can to improve soil structure.  Oh!  If you mulch do so with generosity........don't spread it thinly over a large area


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 08:59

Hello Forkers

Windy, damp but very very warm.  This is when the miscamthus lok so good swaying in the wind.  Not so good for my underpants on the, they were on the line!  Hope they don't blow Imto next door's...I have a vested interest in them ......I'll get my coat..................

Serious! Really

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 23:44

Hiya Tea....lovely to hear from you 

Why should the girls have all the fun?  What about Joanna lumley in the Avengers?  

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:55

Feeling happy today too.  Nice associations.  Agree this is a very pleasant thread


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:50


Been largely lovely day but a couple of sharp showers occurred.

Just had lovely meal with friends amd family but although I am full I am disappointed.  Usually someone leaves something they dont like or ...ESP a dessert......only want half and that's where I fulfill my role as eater-upper.   No extras for me 

Still very warm here.....registered 15 degrees short while ago.


mock orange

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:42

Agree with that.  It will have loads of flowers next June.  However, apart from removing some of the very old wood after flowering you cut off all the flowered stems back to new shoots.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Any other dodos out there?

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Meany or being careful !

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Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

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Verdict....your new plants this year

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Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

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They're bossing it now........

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Love your garden

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