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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 20:48

Throwing it down when I got home tonight....when will it end!

So pleased I got alot done in the garden on Sunday and yesterday. Had the whole of my beetroot crop with tea tonight, they were ever so tasty, shame about the quantity though. On a more positive note at least there's lots of free space for autumn/Winter vegs, always wanted to try growing those but the beds were too full this time last year

Concrete layer in flower bed area - what can I do?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 22:23

It could be a capped well and worth investigating. Is it possible a garage has been there, one took up a large part of my garden, I had to remove a concrete garage base, concrete path and concreted bar-be-cue area before planting, fortunately I bought the house as seen so knew what lay ahead.

One section does remain, the concrete was just inpossible to break up and it's to the side of the garden about 2ft by 4ft with 8inch of soil on top, nothing has ever grown there, even a lawn and grass refused to grow so I sited a compost bin on top, best compost I've ever had.

Agree with Geoff you need to check it out.



Posted: 30/07/2012 at 22:00

Sorry meant to say Insomnia's are a good height was going to write 'that's not a bad height' but changed it before posting


Posted: 30/07/2012 at 21:58

Hi, Moonlit Hare, you can grow them in Lancashire. If they are like insomnia's that's not a good height, considering the wheather we've had. Sweet corn does prefer full sun and warmth. They also need a long growing season, unless you have planted mini pop, they won't be ready for harvest until late September at the earlist or even late October. Sweetcron also likes to have deep roots, so need planting in a ridge, then earthing up as they grow, and then earthing up to a ridge so when watered the water runs off the ridge and forms in the trough allowing water to get to the roots.

They can grow to 6ft, the deep roots, prevent wind from blowing them over.      

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Posted: 30/07/2012 at 21:42

Frank- thanks for sending the sun over, it rained in the night but has been nice and sunny all day, came home and was out in the garden clearing away vegs which needed harvesting or are just not going to do anything. Finally sowed more seeds.  

Frank - I've had trouble getting in a few times, usually when I've not entered via a notification. I forget my pass word which doesn't help

dmball-sounds like you had a nice day. 


Posted: 30/07/2012 at 21:23

Insomnia-I;m sure posters will have diffrent answers to your Q and different methods, I'm certain, work . 

Once the spuds has been planted, I fill the bag half way with compost, about 9inches, bearing in mind there are stones in the bottom, then there's a layer of compost to lay the spuds on. When they start showing leaves, I cover again with about 2 - 3 inches of compost and keep doing this until the bags are full to about 5 inches from the top.

If the leaves grow to several inches it becomes more difficult to get the compost under the leaves without breaking them and NO do not firm down the compost, you are likely to break the roots/plant stems! which is what the new spuds grow from.  

Alternatievly, some posters fill the bag right up to the top after planting the spuds.

Nows thew time to put in about 4 to 5 short canes into the bag and thread twine around them as a support, the foilage does get quite high and a strong wind will break it without the supports.

MMM slugs climbing up to the fascias of the house.

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 22:17

Slugs are very good at absailing, could be using the walll to get up high, to survey the garden, before targeting particularly tasty plants and absailing down. 

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Posted: 29/07/2012 at 22:08

Warm and sunny all day in this part of the NW, no rain, so I was out in the garden. Gave it a general tidy and planted out xmas spuds, this will be 3rd time lucky, very hopeful this time as it's the earliest they've gone out and there's heaps of time before the first frost.  

The beetroot crop is looking a tab bit miserable, with leaves full of holes, me thinks I might invest in netting with frame for next year.

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Posted: 29/07/2012 at 00:00

No change here,it rained again. Hope it stay's dry long enough tomorrow to plant up xmas spuds.

OIympic Opening; Thought the queen arriving by parachute with Mr Bond and Mr Bean playing the keyboard were classics. Raising the five rings from the steel works, portraying the industrial revolution, was done well. I also liked the part portraying British music.  

After so many people have been trying  to get tickets, the empty seats seen on the news tonight, I don''t think will fall on stony ground

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 20:24

Judging by the roof tops it's rained here today but the sun has been out and it's looking good for the weekend.

Just waiting for the opening ceremony to start.   

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