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Posted: 25/04/2014 at 09:18


Wether here is poo and I have a choice of jobs, wash stones, clear patio, organise shed or more barking which I might manage later if the sun comes out. For now, its a well earned rest

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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 00:18

Superb pics. Keep em coming all year long

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Posted: 24/04/2014 at 19:18

the 24inches probably refers to double digging or as it was commonly known bastard digging. It's not really needed unless you have incredibly horrible soil, a terrible drainage problem or some other sub-soil issue such as compaction which can be refered to as a hard pan. Think yourself lucky!


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:45

How lovely Dove and just keep thinking positively Clari.

Gorgeous on-off day here, mostly sunny and after my haircut I had a day of pottering as I too am a little fatigued about all the landscaping work.

Jobs completed today include planting up a patch of new border in the purple and white garden, more barking (not the dog kind) and a poke in the eye from my beastly Phormium

It's jolly sore and been watering all afternoon, don't know how I managed to see the tiniest bits of foliage comming through the soil in my potato patch (hurray!) and discovered my new Blue Mammoth hosta got munched on in the coldframe last night  and later I found two huge snails to my horror. Obviously the mild winter helped. So my Mammoth is now shredded 

Oh well, I just love the view from my garden now and oh, the arch has finnally been removed to make way for its replacement.



Beetroot problems...

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 08:58

Maybe feed them with some chicken pellets? I don't know other than that to be honest.

Beetroot problems...

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 08:21

Did you harden them off first?


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 08:18

Oh now I know I'm amoung my kind since I also nosey in gardens while on the train

Rainy here, and really tired from yesterday's work in the garden.  Have a hair appointment today as well, so will just potter about later and sow some SEEDS. Every day I intent to do this with repeat crops and keep getting distracted by paving, barking, post holes and washing my stones


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:20

Poor thumb MrsG!

bad soil

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:46

Any well rotted manure will inprove soil and as much as you can handle to be honest. I mean, four bags is alright, but eight might be better. It also depends on what plants you want in your bed. Med herbs will hate rich soil for instance.

Topsoil is okay if your soil is really rubbish but check its quality or you could end up with even more rubbish soil being dumped on your pavement. You'll know if its the good stuff, its colour will be appetising and it should have worms and feel nice in your hand.

Bark should only be added as a top layer, as thick as you can afford as it rots down slowly, improving the soil over time and also retains moisture and suppresses weeds to boot!


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:33

Aww KEF, enjoy your new greenhouse, enjoy shopping for it, enjoy dreaming of it and enjoy growing in it. Help ease OH's suffering by leaving space for a few of his favourite plants/veg  because he is a sweetheart.

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