Latest posts by Verdun

Can I, should I hoe?

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 12:15

True Jason but that built up bed ...if dry today and tomorrow ....could be ready for light hoeing.  I find winter work....if ground is suitable...invaluable.  Lawn beds can be ready in good time, veg plots too.  Springtime is so hectic that anything that can be done over the winter, during suitable conditions, will save an awful lot of time.  Difficult for heavy clay soils, of course, but for good draining soils go for it. 

Lucky here....ground dries out pretty quickly.

never totally convinced about covering with polythene jason.  Did a comparison once and found soil dried out much more quickly where it wasn't covered.  Polythene, even pierced,,can sweat.  In the open the wind is an excellent drying system 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 11:58

Had to chuckle at all of those 

had to sit quite a while when I wrapped up outside tap.   B.m so cold I worried about polaroides 


Can I, should I hoe?

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 11:14

Got help then?  Gusto hoeing too? 


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 11:12

Hey there Snow......respect for your betters please......and I am a better 

lovely day so far....relatively.  Warmish sun and dry.  Unusually I have wrapped up outside tap, fleeced outdoor pelargoniums and checked that tender plants are tucked up against draughts. A good test for tender agastaches and salvia patens varieties that will not be covered.   It is cold.  It will be colder.  And next week looks wintry so     best to be prepared.  Have a feeling we could have harshest winter for a year or two 

had a few things to do in the loft this morning and the bloomin' fluorescent tube has packed up.  Huge dsrk space......could be ghosts up there so need light.  A trip to electrical suppliers for replacement tube.  Time??   Replaced tube, no light.  Why didn't I get a new stsrter?  Too impatient.   Anyway found a spare so all light now 


Can I, should I hoe?

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 10:59


Yes I would hoe every chance you get now....pleasant, warm you up job too.

unlike during hot dry summer fhe weeds won't frizzle on the surface but they are unlikely to root right now.  Seeds won't germinate either.  The surface looks better too. Only though if the soil is don't want to compact it too much....and you did say it is a raised or built up area so should be fine.


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 10:52

Morning rosemummy, good choice 

how about hardy geranium at the base?  Not planted right up the the stem but a vigorous spreading type like Ann Folkhard, Tanya Rendall, Tiny Monster, rozanne, Russel Pritchard, or the lovely white flowering Coombland White.  You can still have your bulbs growing through

The best onions from seed.....

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:55

Not really grannybee but sowing indoors is important. 

Once germinated and growing away a cool greenhouse is fine. As fidget said they do not need heat when growing but good ventilation and light.  A covering of fleece on cold nights will protect them.  

If you have a new space growing your own veg is worth it....esp when you TASTE it.  Beats anything you can buy in the shops 


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:45

hiya Lily, yes snow possible.   Think we may be just a little too far in the west right now but next week could be a shock 

will lag up outside tap today..not usually necessary over winter   And will fleece pelargoniums outside in pots ...again, not a regular winter task here 

Garden programmes on the web

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:30

Hiya Ginger

love gardening australia....for me the best gardening prog on the tellie.  Can't wait for the new series...starting in March I think?

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:25

Mokum, sugarsnax and tendersnax are excellent sweet carrots. they are more expensive though with far less seed per packet. 

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