Latest posts by Wintersong

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!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 13:41

Beeb weatherman just said it was same weather conditions as Christmas day

Feels like it, woolly socks for me today since my feet were freezing in me wellies. Very grey day, threatening to rain, ground soaking wet in Kent.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 09:28

Nice to meet you, Woo2.

I have a 100ft garden in Kent that I started from scratch 17yrs ago but only recently managed to reach the bottom with landscaping, so my garden is a mix of very mature top and very new bottom. I buy plants whenever have spare cash and although I have read all the books and do plenty of research, I'm still learning. This forum is great for that, and so is GW on the Beeb.  

Your garden sounds really interesting, would love to see it and would never get bored of discussing it

Talkback: Oriental poppies

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 23:21

Mrs Perry is a stunner! 

I started with one single poppy and now have two very established clumps. So easy to grow but be warned they have deep taproots and even if you think you've dug them up, they often grow back! Good way to make more though.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 16:56

 In the very early days we bought twigs and I learnt how to take cuttings etc from family and friends gardens, but no-one had an interest like me or as big a garden to fill.

Since then, I've relied on annuals to fill ugly gaps and divided plants recklessly to bulk up a bit whilst every plant I buy at the garden centre is a larger version to be propagated from, or a smaller one I'm patient enough to grow on, such as my half dead bargain clematis that are doing amazingly well. I've also used ebay, got myself a brilliant bunch of Sissyrinchium really cheap last summer that will be divided this year already.

I like large groups of plants but I really wish I could swap plants a bit. I give plants away all the time but never seem to get any back

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:52 it is no longer a problem?  

It's funny how young children ruin all your stuff and spend all your money, but once they are older or left home, the garden can be nurtured and spoilt rotten.

I can't go two weeks without buying a plant, but they are just the best thing to put a smile on my face.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:22

Not a football or trampoline in sight

garden is just grass!!!!

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:18

Dig it. Add organic matter (from the chicken pen and more) and plenty of grit. You want to open the soil up. Clay sticks in sodden clumps that can be easily compacted and whilst it can be fertile, it needs breaking up into small pieces and keeping light and fluffy.

No walking on the bed, use boards to disperse your weight evenly and really don't scrimp on the organic matter and grit. It's really hard work, but the plants will struggle without an investment of hard work first.

I'd also mulch the bed once you've prepared it, clay can bake solid in the summer.

That's all I know, thankfully I have sticky sand that turns to dust without mulch but is easy to dig.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:06

@HyppyByker, thanks!

@Kate, Oldest son lives with his girlfriend and is currently training to be a teacher. Middle son lives away from home also and is finishing uni this year whilst the youngest is in his teens, currently studying to get into uni in two years time.

All smashing young men who love their mum

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