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Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:46

Agree about the watering.  Blueberries need a good moisture level.  Ideally water with rain water but I use the hose .......

Mine are in pots plunged in the ground and given a generous soaking twice a week, if I remember 


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:42

Oooooooo, I do like the look of that cake 

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:37


watering every day is not good.  You will encourage shallow rooting and it is unnecessary. 'yes, overkill.

Your lawn looks good.......I guess much like mine.  I raised the cut over recent years to make for a less manicured but greener, healthier lawn.

The drawback to a high cut lawn is that coarser grasses can develop.  A low cut encourages low lying weeds.  I like to lightly rake the lawn before cutting to cut any longer grass stems......however, in,practice I do this in spring.  

Yes, your grass will look yellow if suddenly cut short .....decide on the height of your cut for summer and stick to it.  

2.5" is a little high I think.  2" is a good height

I tend to relax a little more now about my lawn......started off with perfect lawn intentions, perfectly manicured, top dressed, etc. etc.  with a higher cut it still looks good, is tougher to walk or play on and is less stressful.  

Summer treatment is to cut twice a week and a watering once a week if dry.  A bonus nitrogen lawn feed, applied last week, is enough to maintain its looks.  I may apply another in late July 


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:15

Morni g everybody

Heavy rain again.......hopefully it will be a repeat of yesterday when a beautiful hot day followed,the early morning rain 

Dierama Guinevere now catching the eye.  Prob my fav variety.

Have good day folks 



Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:48

At times today it's been so hot again.  Little more cloud and heavy rain earlier but great now.  

Pulled few carrots, spring onions, lettuce, radishes and picked a few blueberries and blackcurramts. Couldn't resist the temptation to swap a couple of plants around.....echinacea hot papya and salvia Amistad......

Promised my mum's day care centre some salad crops.  Save them a few pennies to help keep them going.

Right, have to shoot off........


Free Lavenders / Free Perennials

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:36

If you take cuttimgs...your own or cadge them from friends and neighbours.....they will be just as big, or bigger, than the plugs often supplied.  It's how I started my garden collection.

I took lavendar cuttings last year for a friend.....I planted a bed of them for her.....and this year they are already filling 9cm pots.  All for FREE 

Whenever I buy a plant or shrub I take cuttings from them or, if they are large enough and out of season I divide them.......for FREE.

I have never been happy with plug purchases.....really,,they are no quicker or better than your own propagated ones 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:21

Great always...Marion.  

(shouldn't Marion have her own tv programme folks?  What a fantastic inspiring show it would be )


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:13

Am sure Mike will have the resolve to deal with his situation......cheers Mike 

Just a word about the Samaritans. Having been a Samaritan for a few years I know how much good they do ,how they have helped callers and how important it is to talk.  A call to the Samaritans can often be a life saver.  Many, many people simply do not have anyone to talk to and talking is so important. 

(I have great admiration for those Samaritans who continue year after year.....I did it for 3 years or so but it can be very draining)


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:01

Hmmmmmmm.....heavy rain overnight and now.  Well, it is needed.  However, a lot of it will simply run off as the ground is so dry. 

Will send the rain to,you all 


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 23:22

Painful post Mike.

Just wish you peace of mind and to say hang in there.  

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Even you hard hearts......

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