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What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 09:27
Verdun wrote (see)

Maybe to sow more peas.  Only have a few this year because I was too hasty and impatient.  Nothing like early peas


I have also learnt this one Verdun!

1. my veg plot is random this year. I've got more veg space than I ever did have but I'm still lacking enough and so I've had to plant my cougette and tomatoes in the flower borders, my sweetcorn as soon as my pototes come out and my leeks as soon as I harvest my peas, and don't ask me where I'm putting my cauliflowers  I'd very much like to organise my space better at the end of the growing season, with proper paths and full sun raised beds.

2. In the borders: last year I concentrated on colour co-ordination and large drifts instead of dotty, mostly to satisfaction this year although there are one or two plants that just didn't work. But now I've moved my designer aspirations to the next stage and I need to concentration on even greater colour combinations, planting several climbers together or under planting for successional interest.

I hope to achieve both these things for next year's enjoyment.

help a new gardener with beetroot problems?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 09:14

Oops, Dove responded in the time it took me to investigate

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Posted: 08/06/2014 at 16:32

Thankyou Fairygirl and Forester2, I am happy with the arch and yes Forester2, its Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila.

I love it because its light and airy and its about 17yrs old, so not really massive. Also the peeling bark on a wet day is gorgeous

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Posted: 08/06/2014 at 16:11

Gosh David, my Sisyrinchiums grow like weeds


Potato flowers

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 13:59

Oh my goodness..all this for a potato!


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 13:50

Bad Panda


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:40

Morning forkers.

Been raining for a week and I've been working alot  The garden looks lush and I just got round to planting out my toms in a spare patch of land baked against a south facing, can't give them a better suntrap than that.

Again, I;ve run out of room in the veg plot which is yet to be landscaped so its just three raised beds looking a bit cramped. Two @4x4  plus 1 @6x6. You'd think that would be enough room for my needs but then I went and bought those pesty plugs for more than I planned, since my seedlings either died off or still look pathetic.

Potatoes are doing great though and the strawberries are crazy with ripening fruits. My beetroot just about managed to withstand the rigours of birds pecking them to death, my carrots have endure slug attacks although I have yet to discover if a row of chives has kept the rootfly at bay. Salad leaves still need somewhere to live and the first sowing of my peas was a poor show so I've just resown. Sweetcorn need a home soon and my leeks are decidedly unimpressive in their seedtrays still, I wonder if they are hungry and need some food? I never normally have an issue growing leeks, but I am late with sowings since I don't have a greenhouse YET.

The end of this season will see a massive overhaul in my veg plot, with better positioned raised beds and a greenhouse for next year.

Happy gardening everyone

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Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:28

What lovely spuds KEF and all the featured gardens are looking splendid at this time of the year

Goodluck with your open day BL. I hope you have the best weather for it and a great crowd to appreciate all that backbreaking work we do because we can't stop ourselves.

I'm tied up with work at this time plus I'm still waiting on more stones and the pergola to finish my landscaping scheme. It's also rained alot recently, although yesterday was a tad delicious and EVERYthing in my garden needs a good prune! The bees have had a riot on my Photinia this week, and the scent has been incredible! My hostas are also standing up to slug attacks quite nicely and I just got a gift from my OH, the RHS book of planting combinations that I'm hoping will really help me take my patch to the next level.

I don't believe it.

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 00:16

I got one of those in a pot I moved but it was a sickly shade of green and yes it was hu-normous. So big and fat that I had to call my OH to look for himself. Probably the size of a sausage and it didnt shrink much when I disturbed it either.


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