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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:39

Sunflowers are the stars at present and most are multi headed, I can't wait for them to go over. They were planted for the wild life and  are dwarf to about 4 or 5ft, or so the packet said, 'NOT', more like 6 or 7ft. Bee's and caterpilllars have loved them, I've cut a few for indoors and the saved seeds will be for the birds over Winter with a few seeds to regrow again in the Spring or at least that's the plan.    

perparing for next year

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:26

I emptied a few pots last week ready for planting bulbs and the one's planted in the garden are in bottomless pots so they could be found again at the end of the summer. There's also half a dozen primula's behind the GH ready to come out again, not sure when the best time is to repot them?

Can't decide what to buy in the bulb department, I'd like some nice aliums, and snow drops are a must for next year. There's already lots of crocus and dafs. Tulips did well this year so will try some different varieties next year.

Is it too early to start thinking of autumn, I love it when the leaves start changing colour. 

what to grow next year

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 22:45

Sweetcorns best planted in the ground, outside, not in a pot. It likes to have deep roots so  a pot isn't ideal. If you decide to grow sweetcorn plant it in a groove in the ground, like spuds, then earth up as it grows so you end up with it planted on a mound of earth.  

 

 

lawn

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 23:09

I'm no expert but would have thought the old lawn should have been taken up. rather than rotovated into the ground.

The problem with getting someone into to lay a lawn if you know little about lawn laying or don't have anyone to advise you and I don't mean this in a disrepectful way, unless you get a number of quotes and ask questions then you take your chances.

My lawn was laid a few years ago but the old one was uneven and riddled with dandilions and even friends with no gardening knowledge pointed out that the old needed to be taken up other wise the dandilions would grow through.  

I rang a few different places to lay turf after the ground had been prepared and only one would come and put turf down on ground they had not prepared or seen before but said they needed to see the soil before laying and would say no if they didn't like the prep.

The guy's who laid it told me dandilions were likely to grow back and in one area the grass would not grow very well but provided good advise as to what to do.

Name and shame the company...

Tip's and trick's of the trade.

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 21:23

Lillies - cut them with closed buds. The one's in the shops are bought like this and last longer. Take the stamens off as soon as the flowers open to stop your table/mat or cloth from being stained.

If cutting sunflowers for indoors, when they are past their best put them somewhere to dry out, you can save the seeds,  for the birds to eat over Winter. Unless you are in competition as to who can grow the biggest sunflower grow multi headed one's, they attract wildfile, bee's love them and the seeds can be saved for the birds.      

Tip's and trick's of the trade.

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 21:09

Trim off the mushy bit at bottom of the stems each week after putting in the vase when you top up with fresh water. in fact change the water, not sure it works but my cut flowers seem to last longer.

Don't let the vase dry out either. Flowers cut from the garden seem to drink more than bought one's.

MOB rants

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 20:49

TT... I have the same problem with the basement.

Have a car boot sale. I warned my family it was all going to the tip but they took no notice so I took a load of stuff to the car boot last year and did really well, made over £100 .

 Some of the stuff had been there over 10yrs, how long do they think I'm gonna store it for. Me thinks they won't think about it again until I've gone to garden in the sky I'd like my my basement back before I'm 27, thank you very much.

There's an old bike which I'd like to restore and some sports car wheels which could be made into plant pots, one of the wheels would make a  really good bug hotel. I made a frame for the veg bed out of some plumbers plastic tubing. Nothing wrong with re-cycling after all they have been warned and warned again. The TV's are obsolete.

What to do with your produce

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:48

I make up meals for lunch to take to work, with vegs which are in a bundance at the weekend so had a run on saag curry and spinach quiche for awhile. I'm now on salad, both leaf and pasta one's. I'll make up a sauce for the pasta with roasted veggies and eat cold.   

Show us your heaps!

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:01

Nice compost area. Much as I'd like all that area to compost there isn't room. I've various stashes hidden around the garden.

Website

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:50

I find it slow to get on line then once on the site things speed up. I put it down to the problem being my connection.   

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