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Latest posts by Wintersong


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 15:17

Oh how I layer thee, let me count the ways...

T-shirt, long sleeve top, jumper, cardi, hoodie and scarf and a blanket over my knees and Flynn is giving me the tinkle-time stare


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 11:46

Clari, I prefer the second drawing for its simplicity although I'm not sure which side is the view from the house, so probably no help there

re snow, you poor lot! Where in this world do you live, Greenland? I forget sometimes how us southerns are so totally spoilt. An old geordie friend of mine used to call us softy-southerns

It's blue skies, fluffy white clouds and full sun here, although the wind cuts through me, although not sure if I will venture outside today. Had one of those chats with my personal trainer at the gym along the lines of sweating buckets isn't enough, you've got to push yourself harder So, I'm feeling a little pooped right now



Bindweed Roots

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 11:19

If you've got roots, you'll get leaves. They will start growing in 2-4wks depending on where you live in the country.

I've had and still have issues with bindweed. You can dig out root that is shallow and if your soil will release it easily. I have sandy soil and enough experience to get most root out. Obviously, with less root, there's less nuisance weed about but please please don't do this if you are not experienced. One tiny piece makes a whole new vigorous plant

I'm still tackling bindweed in my front garden and I know from experience last year that two sprays at intervals during the growing season is NOT enough. Some say that spraying while the plant is in flower Is best but it must be done consistently for an entire year, this weed doesn't give up the fight.

One tip is if you have to spray near other plants or nextdoor neighbours: I use a bucket or large plant pot with the bottom cut off, pulling the bindweed into it, and spraying inside the bucket. then I leave the bucket in situ and return when all top growth is dead.

Good luck!


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 07:04

Morning all 

Refreshed and raring to go today, well maybe more coffee first.

Spring has definitely sprung in my house, I saw my first housefly this morning. He's a bit sleepy but already annoying  I 'very trapped him behind the net curtains for now until I find my glass vase that I normally use to catch unwanted guests. It works a treat if you have a steady hand I think because it's glass so they don't notice the looming shadow so much

Lots to do this week in the garden, I hope everyone gets their satisfaction of jobs done 

Mild here, should be sunny all day. We had the torrential rain visit us last night and Flynn wouldn't stop barking at the noise it made 


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 18:54

Oh my life, the rain turned up

It's officially spring, I've been shopping

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 18:34

Nandina domestica is the toughest variety Some other Nandinas are more delicate 

It's officially spring, I've been shopping

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 18:31

I usually give new plants a week's grace from outside at GCs just because I can't be sure it not hot out some nursery polytunnel  and either bring them in at night or just wrap up in a bit of fleece 

Love Berberis and Nandina is one of my favourite shrubs for year round interest 


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 16:16

Thanks Dove. my garden is 100ft long, about 30 across. I currently have two beehive types but I'm planning on three bins in the refit

how to bulk up soil?

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 15:23

I got rid of all my lawn last year, laying the clods face-to-face in two heaps at the end of my garden. No special treatment but both are now ready for returning to the borders as soil.

Also, whenever you buy a plant in a pot, the hole you dig will leave an excess. Obviously, it depends on the size of plant pots and how many plants you buy, but given time, the soil will level out.

I've found the best compost mix is 70-30 carbon and nitrogen but others swear by 50-50 mix. Keep it moist and turn in regularly. Obviously, the smaller the parts are to begin with, the quicker the process


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 14:56


Glad everyone's had a great weekend and most have the appearance of spring in their gardens. YAY

Well, another weekend of shifts finished for me, OH has a full evening of sport and is on holiday this coming week so we are already discussing jobs to be done

Don't worry, I won't work him too hard, but I do need to make some compost bins out of old pallets. I have at least half a dozen stacked down the bottom of my garden with more to come with this year's garden delivery, so no shortage, but can anyone tell me their experiences with make compost bins from old pallets? I was worried that the dimensions would be too large for what my garden produces and the compost would look a bit silly in all that space (although, I do have more plants than ever this year and I'm getting a shredder next week as well, so I anticipate making more this year)

Yesterday was very busy at the bakery and I managed to bake nearly £500 worth of products (that's £60 more than usual) gosh, what a hungry lot in my neck of the woods! And it's even worse in the summer months with all those BBQs going on

It's been a beautiful sunny day here and although there has been wind, the helpful kind that dries soil nicely

Going to eat now, TTFN

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