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Strawberries

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 23:29

Strawberries don't need to be pruned or cut back, just take off the leaves which have died.

what decade is your garden?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 22:58

Going a tab bit off topic but on the theme of  'concrete things' does anyone remember when 'garden gnomes' were in fashion. Everyone seemed to have one in their garden, my view was they were the height of bad taste but nearly bought one when it became fashionable for 'your gnome' to go on holiday and gardeners received postcards from their 'missing gnomes' on their travels.

  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 22:04

Warm and sunny here in the NW. 

Hadn't planned to do much in the garden but it was nice to sit outside reading  and I couldn't resist taking some shrub cuttings, not sure if they'll root.

I was hoping to collect seeds from what's left of the runner/french beans this year but the plants are painstakingly taking along time to die and some of the pods don't feel like they have beans in. Took some of the leaves off the plant to help the process along. 

Seaweed

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 21:51

You can also wash the salt off in a bucket.

What's for tea?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 21:50

Sunny and hot here, so I went for a healthy option, today's tea was tuna salad followed by rubarb and apple yogurt, eaten on the patio, which made a change, can't say there have been many days where it's been nice enough to sit outdoors.  . 

SMALL KILLMARNOCK WILLOW

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 00:48

As pottiepam says' the graft may have failed.

My grafted Kilmarnock Willow, grown in a pot for years, is like a bonsai and  hasn't grown more than a couple of inches above the graft, it's possibly about 12 to 18inches high and didn't start to produce buds until I stopped pruning it two yrs ago.

If it's in a pot you could also try lifting it out and checking if the roots are healthy.   

What's for tea?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 19:58

I missed lunch and didn't fancy home made soup and fruit for tea,so as it was Friday bought a Chinese on the way home, duck chow mein

Talkback: How to protect tender plants over winter

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 19:46

I tried growing a couple of tender plants one year. They did well during the summer but I wasn't sure about fleecing over winter, whether once covered, you left them all winter till the following spring or took the fleece off on warmer days. I also wasn't sure whether to dig them up and put in the GH.

In the end I tied both up, covered them in fleece and dug one up, to spend the winter in the GH. One was uncovered early spring but both died, they rotted in the centre, it was a particularly cold winter in 2010 but I haven't tried growing anything tender since then.     

Seaweed

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 19:20

Check you local by laws to see if you can collect it legally or ring your council.

It makes excellent liquid feed. Toms and spuds particularly like it. Seaweed feed can easily be made in an old bin, half/three quarters full of water, with a couple of pierced bags of seaweed immersed in the water and with a lid on the bin. After six weeks the liquid can be bottled up, the litre plastic milk cartons are an ideal size. Half a carton to a watering can is enough to dilute it ready for use on the garden. If it's left longer to brew than it might need watering down further.   

In liquid form it can also be used as a spray to deter black/green fly. I don't think slugs and snails like it either but the jury's still out on that one. It smells very strong used in liquid form  but this goes, a couple of hours after spraying.

It works well as a mulch too, put round the top of pots, it dries out very quickly, goes black, with no smell and rots down quickly.  

The wet stuff from your bin can be dug into beds or mixed with compost. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 18:12

Cloudy and dry here, a day without rain

First time I've been out to the GH this week, there were more ripe toms to pick, most of my sweet pea have germinated, and some seeds which I hadn't labelled have all germinated, they might be cornflowers.

Jo-hope you feeling better soon, quite alot of people at work have been going down with colds. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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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What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
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Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
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Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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