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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:34

No probs TN, biofreaks doing it by the moon for the first time, there could be others who have grown that way since Adam was a lad but we can learn from each other...

Sometimes urban legends need to be tested...the number of gardeners that go out by torch light to catch slugs in the belief they are making a difference was squashed last week for me when I read there are hundreds in the soil just waiting to replace them..so killing 12 slugs in a night isn't going to have a huge impact on the grand scheme of things but if it increases the feel good factor gardeners will continue to do it...I'll get my coat... 

flowers

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:18

Biennials are often under rated. One advantage of growing biennials is to sow them, July onwards, plant out when big enough and they go through the winter outdoors. They start growing as soon as the weather starts to warm up and can be transplanted before the last frosts, long before annuals are ready to be planted out.

I grow a few varieties in a nursery bed then move them about March time to where they will flower in the garden.       

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:03

I think along similar lines to Verdun on this but it would be interesting to compare the two approaches...that's if posters don't get too competitive and start rolling about on the forum floor... 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:56

No probs Deanos, those beds are excellent, we should have an allotment thread me thinks...    

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:53

The shed might have to wait for now, just bought a load of chicken wire to keep out the rabbits...one needs to speculate in order to acumulate...

Can I really plant these peas and carrots so early?

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 22:00

I'd leave then till March too, the further North you are the later they should be sown. I'm in Lancashire, England and won't' be sowing peas until March at the earliest.   

Talkback: How to make a hedgehog house

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 17:26

Sounds like a good plan kjdintown.

Am I right in thinking hedgehogs like eating slugs and snails.

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 17:09

Took a camera but the batteries were dead . A friend arrived though as I was packing up, with children in tow, decked in wellies and took some pics on her phone, she's going to see if her OH can e-mail them to me. Will get some batteries though and take some pics next weekend.

Was a little stiff this morning. A nice young man yesterday told me about the rabbits and squirels. It's rained most of today but the morning wasn't wasted, I've ordered some chicken wire, there are no fences on three sides and I've been checking out how to build a fence to keep the critters out.

Also bought some wellies and roundup which I may just use on the tree stumps. I've a donated wheel barrow to collect too.

It still looks a daunting challenge ...everyone's encouragment on the forum has been a real plus though. I had a walk up the allotment to see how the other newbie's were getting on, this could be a hare and tortoise race, me being a tortoise but weather permitting I'm going to go each weekend morning untill the nights start to draw out...a lot can be done in 2 to 3 hrs.

Need to re think the back garden too. I've used the no dig principle there and was thinking of using the big boulders and stones on the allotment to define beds and paths.

Lilly Help

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 15:56

I should think so but as Bilje say's it does need the stem and leaves to build up the bulb but if the stem came off easily it could be the bulb had taken in sufficient stuff from the stem. 

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 22:38

I went with a rucksack full of essentials and loppers in hand.

Ever so pleased with what I managed to get done but after a couple of hours rain called off play, I've never been so pleased to see rain

All the brambles were cut back to a ft of their lives. Is there anything which can be used to kill them before I start digging up the roots? There are also a couple of huge tree stumps, one had new branches which I cut off.

Had a peek under the black plastic and old carpet, there could be black gold under there but random brambles and other stuff have taken root in the gaps in the plastic where the wind has taken it away. Thought it best to leave it well alone for now untill I'm ready to dig over.  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

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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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
Replies: 6    Views: 136
Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
Replies: 13    Views: 305
Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
Replies: 39    Views: 1138
Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
Replies: 34    Views: 1196
Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
Replies: 47    Views: 1157
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
Replies: 4    Views: 2258
Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41

Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
Replies: 8    Views: 456
Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
Replies: 10    Views: 542
Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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