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May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 23:44

Have a good flight/trip KG! Hope your garden is full of wonder when you return

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 23:32

@Rob Stevens, well you are much informed

Sounds like your version is very attentive. Trial and error and personal experience are always the best ways since everybody's garden environment is different. What I meant by loose frame was to push stakes or pruned branches around the clump in a circle and use string to bind the circle together. I saw it done at Kew once but I'm thinking that is for very large clumps probably. The theory behind it is a little sway is okay, but holding the flowers too tightly will snap them.

Your methods with the figure of 8 sounds great.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 21:35
Rob Stevens wrote (see)

It's going fairly well for saying I'm making it up as I go along!

I don't know if you have one near you, but small independent nurseries are worth looking at for cheap starter plants. I got my delphiniums, digitalis and saxifrage from one at 70p each.

I wish you every success and enjoyment your first year Rob, but just to prepare you, guard your Delphiniums and Foxgloves from slugs and snails and watch out for vine weevil in the roots of your Saxifrage!

 Not all plants are slug dinner, you just happen to have chosen their favourites! Also, Delphiniums could do with staking but the best version (although none is gale proof) is a loose frame around the plants instead of tight canes. It's your choice of course, but lets not spoil your first year of gardening!

Getting to know your soil and environment will serve you well, being vigilant against pests and diseases will allow your plants to reward you the best way they know how.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 21:23

@Woo2: Crush two bulbs of garlic (whole garlics), boil in 2pts water for 3-4mins until blanched. Strain and make back to 2 pts. Leave to cool and store. Mix 1 tablespoon into a gallon (3.8 litres) of water, sprinkle late afternoon in dry weather.  

I always used to shirk at killing them and threw snails over the fence in the direction of the car-parking area, hoping that birds or cars would finish the job for me, and I never handled slugs (too icky) but I have to say, this year has been tougher and feel less guilt, taking my secateurs to them, cutting heads off or cutting in half. Sorry to sound cruel but I'm trying to kill them as fast as possible. I don't do late night hunts because its too horrible at night, but I will search foliage when its pouring day time.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 20:57

I mulch mine with piles and piles of grit so that the leaves don't touch any soil EVER EVER.  increasing the circles of grit as they grow.

I'm also going to use the Garlic solution once the rain stops

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 20:54

Hello to you all! I wasn't on the other message board but I've been using this website for a long while although I only joined the forums this spring. Before that I used to be on facebook boring my friends chatting about flowers. 

think of the blackbirds Monty !

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 16:43

Well I have been treated this afternoon! I looked out my window to see a male Blackbird (the pair are nesting in my Ivy) dive bomb a wood pigeon and then start displaying with his tail high and his chest inflated just like a Peacock.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 14:58

I have that effect on people

Talkback: Japanese knotweed

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 14:18

Yes that's exactly how to do it properly, and you can't throw the stuff in rubbish bins either in case it regrows. Burn burn burn it.

You know we introduced this thug as a garden plant back in the day? Jeeese.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 13:49

A spot of sunbathing?

I opted for the garden instead of the garden centre because I'm so far behind!

Planted out three rows of beets, a row of leeks and there's a rows space left for something surprising or herby from the garden centre as long as it fits in me crop rotations.

Sweetcorn have gone in the free bed with milk cartons over them because they are a little tender still and the strawberries I bought on a whim have been planted out next to the to grow on a year before cropping.

Other bed is free for me french beans, but not yet whilst the fifth one is full of rotten pampas grass at the moment since its got no soil in it and I need to store the mountain of organic matter ready to mulch the sun border when Im ready.

One more dig over there, and bit of leveling and raking, then the mulch will go down for the summer and someone chop my hands off if I start planting in it before autumn!

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