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Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:46

FG, I envy your last garden and the privilege you had to garden there and add your improvements. Truly wonderful designing skills and wow, what will you bring to the new garden? Exciting prospects!

Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments. Looking forward to more Before and Afters, if possible

Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:10

My garden is a 100ft long rectangle with the car port furthest from the house, alongside the veg plot.

I might get round to screening it off at some point although I'm not sure whether trellis fencing would be too much in the little courtyard area. Will have a think on that one 

Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 20:13

Thought I'd share the results of some suspicious activities going on in my garden over the last three years. Dunno who's responsible

 Top garden looking very messy

 After cleaning up

 Courtyard area in planning

 And finished

 Extra veg plot needed work

 Lavender path was last year's idea

 Moving veg beds and digging up a forest of raspberries, plus the death of my pampass grass left this bed totally empty for two seasons

 Early planting for structure

 What it looks like so far

So, you guys got any before and afters?

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 14:28

How wonderful Leadfarmer!

I'm dead jealous

What a treat for you! And well feed babies for them!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 14:22

Raining in kent

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 14:14

Hehe Birdy13.

Well, I'm back from the allotment thoroughly soaked and muddy!

But, I managed to dig over two wide beds ready for planting, while my dad planted out his runner beans in a prepared bed with canes. Luckily we have inherited a solid structure much like a washing line which goes across the entire plot and have used it to support the canes.

We also scythed an over grown area and bagged up the spoils ready for my compost heap if it's okay to compost flowering stalks of rapeseed? I'll have to google that I think.

other than that, still lots of work to do, but given time, it shall start to pull together.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 09:18

Day off and sunny weather makes for time at me and my Dad's allotment.

A lot of digging to do, weeding, soil conditioning and bed shaping.

We've missed a lot of sowing times for the summer crops now but its been so cold any-hows. I've got some stuff growing at home that can be shared if the soil is ready in time but I'd rather take 6mths to prep for next year's growing season that rush the job anyways.

It's not a bad site in respect to the weeds, Dandelions ofc and a little Bindweed but not massively overgrown and the soil seems decent if a little starved. Just need to dig it over while I still can. We also inherited a shed which is handy and have a supply of horse manure to boot, so, here's to next years harvests! Cheers

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 09:10

Personally experience pooled together is as good as it gets Jennifer!

I had a dramatic encounter with my first bee nest a couple of years back when a Queen made her nest in an unused border where I had piled a load of leaves.

I remember her surveying the spot one sunny February day but thought nothing more about it until I cleared the pile of leaves.

I left the nest alone assuming it was a solitary but then I saw three or more and so I read that solitary bees can share the same hole, so I thought aw that's nice, but soon enough there was a stream of bees back and forth and we realised it was a proper nest.

The drama occurred over a period of time when a presumed fox raided the nest twice (the bees rebuilt it) and on another occasion we found a great disturbance at the nest and the queen crawling away wingless. She had obviously been usurped and not too many weeks after that the nest died out, so we can only assume that the cuckoo bee took over by pretending to be a worker for a few days before it attacks the queen. It then lays its own eggs which are treated to the best care by the nest but unfortunately Cuckoo bees don't collect pollen so the nest has a lifespan of 40 days tops, when all the original bees die off and there is no-one left in attendance.

We dug the nest up at the end of the year and discovered a grapefruit sized knitted construction of mostly fluff and debris that puts China's dense population issues to shame!

 The queen is dead, long live the Queen!

Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 22:51

I feel the same Pebble Garden.

I even had a bumble bee nest two years back in a border that was invaded and destroyed by the cuckoo bee. Last year my dad's apple tree got no apples at all because the spring was so wet and cold.

I think many factors are involved in the decline of bees beyond those currently being discussed. And I would support any Government sponsored program that gave free bee hives to urban residents.

I've seen only three bees so far this year, three butterflies, a couple of bee flies and no hover flies or other insects as yet and I'm greatly concerned about it actually.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 22:44

What did the slugs and snails do in my garden tonight?

The path was littered with them walking home after work, so I dashed straight out the back in the dark to dab a few pellets in the nooks and crannies of my hostas, Kniphofia, Eremurus, Gypsophila and Sisyrinchium and under my Ivy mounds. There was even a huge snail just about to tuck into one of my hosta Patriots until I stamped on him, ha!

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