Zoomer44


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Saving cash while enjoyinggardening

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:52

I have blue slate paths so use the slate as a top dressing for pots to stop water evaporating in summer from them, when the pots are emptied the slate gets thrown back on the paths but when in the pots they are colour co-odinated with the garden.

Spring potted up bulbs have a layer of slate on top at present so instead of looking like random placed pots of compost with nothing in them, in clusters of three they look like features around evergreens and when it snows the slate provides a layer of insulation for the bulbs against frost damage.     

Talkback: Helping garden birds through winter

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 22:04

I saw my first blackbird in the garden this morning. For some unknown reason, long forgotten now I stopped feeding them in the summer but started again a few weeks ago and am ever so pleased to see they are slowly returning.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 22:56

Today was a dry but cold, didn't get above 12C in the GH so it must have been a tab bit colder outdoors, a good day to be out in the garden here in the NW.

Finished planting bulbs and took down the plastic GH. Also bubble wrapped my terracotta pots and brought them nearer the house, it's forecast a real drop in temps on Thursday so I'm not taking any chances. Bought quite a few new pots this year and it would be a shame if they cracked first winter out.

Emptied the last of the spud bags, didn't quite make it to December with them but I'm happy with a crop in November Haven't bought a spud since June, back to supermarket one's in December .   

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 22:42

I start to give plants a spray of watered down liquid seaweed from about March. At first I thought it was the smell the slugs didn't like but it must be the salt in the liquid and the spray doesn't do the plants any harm. 

hi all from Worcestershire

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 00:22

There are heaps of lovely places to go in Europe for a few days. Europe is so mobile home friendly...in the South of France you can pull into supermarket's for the night on route to places greener with a  mobile home  

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 23:44

nutcutlet - Yes. it is a Fatsia, it's looking a little pale at present but buds are forming. 

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:09

I've bellis in flower, bought as small plants to flower next year  and primula's, old stock from last year which have a few flowers on. Keep checking on my clematis Cirrhosa climbers but not a hint of a flower bud yet. I've an evergreen shrub too which flowers in December, can't remember it's name, it looks tropical with big leathery,forked  leaves, the flowers are poisonous .      

hi all from Worcestershire

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 21:42

Advert or not, if I lived nearby I'd go, it's not like the adverts we get selling kitchens now is it.

Enjoy your trip round Europe, Sue sounds like a nice adventure.  

Mulching

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 21:37

clk -I'm happy to be wrong but I mulch over hosta's and anything else which has  disappeared under grown by now, apart from rubarb and mulch round this but then rubarb doesn't totally disappear the crown can still be seen above ground. So any thing with a crown showing gets a mulch round, anything not showing gets mulched over.

I mulch Oct/Nov so some stuff hasn't quite died back yet, ferns for instance so they get a mulch round.

Hope that's helpful.     

Too late to plant bulbs?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 21:26

I've finished planting my bulbs a few times. Then last week bought 25 anemone bulbs for 50p and 25 Litris Spicata roots for 50p. They been revitalised in water and look ok only thing is I don't know which way is up, there don't appear to be any roots so they may be dead  was going to plant them regardless and hope for the best

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