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Latest posts by Wintersong

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 22:20

You are definitely glitched!

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:59





Filling a raised bed

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 20:43

using just multi purpose compost would be very wrong. 1. the nutrient levels are quite low and don't last long. 2. it is likely to dry out quite easily, turn to dust and blow away. 3. whilst too much water will turn into a sodden sump. Over watering plants is worse than under watering.

I'm no expert, but a decent top soil will add bulk and stability + the well rotted manure is good for water retention and nutrients = awesome veg! Simples.

Not sure about squashes since I've never grown them, but Monty shows exactly how to plant courgettes on this forum and you can't go wrong with Monty

May In Your Garden

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 20:32

@David Spikes, thinking about it...we want to see your garden in glorious technicolour! or should that be technicolor?

Can you make us a video pretty pleeeeeease?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 20:24

@David, I love your garden!  Simply beautiful.

@gardeningfantic, David lives in Reno Navada, USA where the sun shines apparently!

@Inkadog, indeed it does! Enjoy the sunshine!

@Excitable Boy, thanks for the informed critique of Malvern! It's always best straight from the horse's mouth...not that you look anything like a horse

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:17

all I know is that the nematodes are temperature sensitive, so the water will undoubtedly be cooler than the air and its not that warm! Also, they are ineffective against humans and I would imagine, other creatures although I don't know if fish is one of these. Perhaps google as much as you can about the active ingredients in regards to the safety of your fish. Good luck

red robin bush

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:13

It's not the right time of year to move a shrub, but if you have to, you should try to move as much of the root ball as possible. Afterwards, prune it back quite hard to lessen the stress of moving and water it every day! It should recover in time

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:09

Mostly sunny and dry n Kent. Reasonably warm, lovely day to get things done.

Filling a raised bed

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:07

The first, not the second. It will give your plants everything they need and regulate water retention much better.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:00

It's been sunny all day and I started gardening early morning, watching the black bird forage for his chicks and the curious amount of wasps using my huge Laurel bush as the local supermarket.

Beneath the Laurel, I am still finishing off my main shade border, planting some Alchemilla Mollis seedlings along the back of the raised bed and having some nice gaps for a few more ferns -as and when- as well as something else, possibly medium sized shrubby that could sit nicely in a North facing corner (any suggestions?)

Afterwards, I sorted another compost bin, adding three bags of horse manure to it and giving it a damn good stir. I can't wait to see this mature in the spring. I get so excited about poo

Hubby came out to join me and together we finished laying the step he built me the other day, adding border edging and generally sweeping up the debris.  I know its not as luxurious as some gardens, we've used basic materials hanging around the garden, but it looks great and its a proper working step, honest

I have a small pile of household rubbish that I need to tip when I can arrange transport which would open up another six by ten foot space in my existing veg plot either for another bed next year or perhaps some planting, since the area is rather barren.

I haven't planted down this end for many many years after some beloved shrubs got smothered by weeds that I just couldn't control. My lovely Juniperus died and In the end we double dug the entire area and put in retaining walls to level it properly before thinking about the fuzzy stuff of planting. 

After lunch, I trimmed my variegated Cedar into something close to topiary. It's quite easy really just so long as you keep checking how much green you can chop into without leaving horrible brown patches. I'm gaining confidence in Topiary, although I certainly need more practice, the shape resembling something more pokemon than stately.

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