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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. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 21:12

The day started off with blue skies and no wind, driving in the car with the heater on, if it wasn't for the sun being so low at 8am, you would almost have thought it was a summers day. It didn't last into the afternoon though before we had rain.   

Plant closer together in containters or raised beds...

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:59

Not everything can be planted much closer together, particular those vegs which produce their harvest to eat above ground, vegs like cabbage needs lots of room, even harveted as baby veg their top growth is boarding on huge. Brussels take up a lot of space above ground and need space, sweet corn can be planted closer together but can grow up to 6ft tall or higher, needs along growing season and in order for the cobs to ripen needs to see the sun and feel it's rays. 

Fruit, like currants and gooseberries need air circulating around their middle so don't do well planted close together. 

Lots of plants can be planted closer though, a raised bed which has been given a good dose of well rotted fertiliser, coupled with regular hoeing  also seems to produce less weeds the following year.

Berry-eating birds will need more help this year

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:05

I only have a small garden and nothing which produces berries at this time of year. There are some flower seed heads which birds tend to eat but to attract birds I usually feed them.

This year I started off with good intentions to feed all year round but with one thing or another stopped towards the end of the spring. Birds coming to the garden began to taper off over the summer, but, after starting to feed again a couple of weeks ago, expecting it to be a while before the birds came back again, was surprised to find quite a lot  at the weekend feeding at the two stations in the garden. I'm trying different feeds, and not very good at identifying what the birds are but the birds which have come back aren't the usual brown with speckled chests and a bit dull in colour. They are eating seeds rather than fat balls and love fruity muesli with nothing added. Giving it a whirl in the liquiser breaks it up into smaller pieces and makes it easier for them to eat. I've also got a couple of bird baths. 

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