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New GW...??

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 23:36

(Tried to resist commenting on chickpeas, but I cook lots and lots of them. I mean lots, from dried. I have a pressure cooker and a large pan.  And actually favour the large pan.  Soak for one or two days first.  Keep the soak water.  Then bring to the boil, and simmer for about an hour - time varies on chick peas and soak length.  I find with the pressure cooker you end up wasting time supervising.  If you want softer chick peas just add some bi-carb to the cooking water.)

New GW...??

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 12:19

The irritating thing about the hiatus, is that winter is when you actually want to come in and sit in front of the TV in the warmth.  Not the summer!  Wish they'd just do 15 min shorts on various species or some such over the break.  I didn't think I'd say it but  I'm actually finding an hour too long. I have to record and watch in two sittings.  I like the content though.  Chelsea week there was a glut of programming that could have been spread out across the year.

I can get Beechgrove on BBC2 Scotland via free sat.

Horse Manure & Worms

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:52

No expert here, but they don't like to eat their own waste/ their own castings.  So once the manure has been chomped on, and they've passed it, they'll probably move on to something fresher.  The castings are excellent.  The way I read it, is that you can't really go wrong with horse manure... Other than perhaps having bedding seeds from grasses run rampant.  Hasn't been a problem for me.  Yet.

Last edited: 13 September 2016 14:54:55

Horse Manure & Worms

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:05

Don't worms move on once they've done their business?   So my guess is it is either fresh or old.  If it's well rotted it won't smell at all.  We get lots of nice red worms in the horse manure.   Worms just happen when needed.  They even appear to climb, the ingenious miraculous little critters.

Last edited: 12 September 2016 20:06:38

What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:50

I had a good head start in the garden this year.  Started too many jobs, some I hesitated on and didn't finish.  Bare roots shoved in buckets that I thought I'd plant out, but never got around to, should have just gone into a pot or got heeled in somewhere.  All rather embarrassing.  I had a section of hedging that I did not plant, because I was deliberating about a gate, that I still haven't put in.  I should have just hedged, and later relocated plants.

I have learnt that sometimes less is more.  I'm trying to curb some overgrowth, and expose two hidden trees, that really should be seen.  I think previous gardeners had over-planted thinking they'd never grow big.  The trees would have looked nice small.  And I've repeated exactly the same mistake elsewhere, planting a couple of trees far too close to each other.

Sometimes I just think I need to get that plant in.  And later regret where I've placed it.  Even after much deliberation.  I feel like I have a misaligned hedge!  I was happy with it at planting time.  Now, I'm not so sure!

I have lost plants this year because I couldn't keep up watering.  Previous years I've grouped plants for watering, I've three young hedges to keep watered, and some young fruit trees.   Watering them can take a good amount of time.  I like watering, but it does require continued effort.

I've probably a better sense of planting in the right place.

I didn't do slug patrol this year, which was a big, big, mistake!

Another thing I learned was that our passion for pots, has become a bit of pain, moving around the garden is a massive game like a slide puzzle.  Again, less is more.

Hopefully the successes will come later when the hedges get going.

Next year, get on top of veg - and grow more food.  I left it too late and haven't many fruits for my labour.

I can't believe the year is closing in, I remember waiting for buds to burst.  I so want a replay!  And I'm not looking forward to January.

ID please

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:28

Love Verb B, have a nice specimen growing in the road gutter.  I can't really see how that could harm, you can easily yank if not wanted.

Stinky plant

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:25

Flowering currant smells fantastic. 

New Overgrown Garden

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:52

You have a nice bay tree, and some other shrubs there.  You can shape/clip bay, and it will provide winter interest.  Pause before you remove.

In full sun (if it arrives), you'll be glad of shady spots, and shrubs can also provide privacy.

Removing everything also may impact on others privacy.  Just bear that in mind.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 09:07

Mine never really made a come back this year.  Probably a lack of attention (water) and light.  It did start off sprouting well only to get shaded out by some self sown honesty, that was too pretty to move.  I'm now considering a relocation.

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plant ID please

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 23:31

Just read that if I rub the leaves on the body, the mozzies might leave me be.   There you go, my saviour growing before me!

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