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Posted: 05/03/2013 at 21:38

We had a nice gardening day on Sunday so the beds were mulched and covered.

See you in the starting blocks Alan.

March in your Garden

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 21:32

You like your sunflowers Rain. I grew them last year for their seeds to feed birds over Winter. I've a mix of different heights this year from dwarf to 16ft plus. Haven't sown mine.

Nice pics. I've little dafs in flower at present with tulips putting out lots of leaves but no buds.     

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 21:01

Bright and sunny here reached a staggering 12C

Friend or for?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 22:50

I spread mushroom compost on a flower bed last year and had mushrooms popping up all the time, just hoe them...

Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 18:24

I grow some flowers in pots just to cut, it's nice to bring the great outdoors in, especially if it's a summer like last year. A vase of flowers on the dining room table is a permanent feature, it's just so up lifting especially in the winter months.

The least favourite from the one's which I grow and cut are probably sweet pea, me thinks they are best left in the garden, they're grown as companions amongst the beans and pea's and put on a fabulous display but need to be picked to prevent them going to seed, they look sad in a vase, as I like lilles, gladioli, daffs, tulips, blue bells, whatever's in season and these are cut for their visual appearance yet sweet pea gives off a terrific aroma.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:30

It was dull but dry here today, there wasn't a chill in the air but wouldn't go as far as saying it was warm. 

A good gardening day, got loads done, Finished digging in and mulching the veg and flower beds, planted out more garlic and started off onion setts in modules.

Sowed some more seeds too, haven't got your patience Frank. Pea's early were sown on kitchen roll last week and the tiny window propagator is full of various seeds. Leeks are up and at least two lots of flowers.  

vegtable charts

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 19:57

The guides are good for information like sowing times, germination and cropping times. I just clicked on a couple and french beans are easy to grow, aubergines a little trickier, the information for these is correct. I've put the charts in my favourites as a guide

Growing veg, is relatively straight forward and as you learn you realise things like feeding the soil and crop rotation is necessary. You also learn a load of other stuff too. 

The weather can sometimes determine whether a crop does well in a given year for instance my beans and pea's liked all the rain we had last year and did well but may not do as well in a dry year without regular watering.

Where you live  in the country and in which country you live can also determine what you can grow more successfully for instance grapes can be grown outdoor down South but probably not in Scotland.

Pests and diseases will also effect the growing fruit and veg. You do need to be vigilant. Prevention is always better than cure, for instance keeping down the slug population, for these you need an arsenal of defences and netting some veg from birds and butterflies.

It's all good fun though and well worth the effort. Home grown fruit and veg usually tastes far better than anything bought in shops. It's not flown half way round the world either to get to your plate, in my case just several ft down the garden path... and you can grow stuff not bought in the shops, not many sell yellow courgettes.   

Happy growing.

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 22:46

Love your seating arrangment holie hock. 

Bunny, the two seater arrangement I'm thinking of is £90, I thought that was reasonable. It doesn't look treated though, I was thinking of using linseed oil on it  if it fits in the space. Ideal for a place to sit, having a break from gardening with cuppa or relaxing in the evening with a good book and glass of wine 

 

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 22:23

I've some tubers bought and some saved. Should tubers be planted now and kept indoors then? The destructions which came with the bought dahlias says plant in April?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:35

Lovely blue skies, sunny and bright here, reached a staggering 9C although first thing the ground was white with frost and the car wind screen neeed scraping.   

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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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