Gardening: Hints and Help!

takethedogalong replied on 22/02/2015 10:58

Posted on 22/02/2015 10:58

Gardening is probably my favourite hobby, and at this time of year, I love to have a good look around my own garden and decide what needs doing, does everything thrive where it is planted, and do I have space for anything else to change the look of the garden a little bit!

With this is mind, I wondered if like minded enthusiasts are interested in sharing good ideas, suggesting help or remedies for problems and just generally "chatting gardens and gardening"?

As an opening suggestion, there may be a few out there that share my love of a tiny but utterly lovely little flower, Convallaria Majaris, beloved of Spring Brides and flower arrangers, better known as deliciously scented "Lily of the Valley". Usually gorgeous in white, but you can actually find it, with a bit of searching, in shades of pale to quite bright pink! It is called CM var "Rosea", and smells just as lovely.

Anyone else got ideas to share?

takethedogalong replied on 22/03/2020 22:16

Posted on 22/03/2020 22:16

I will bump this up, as one or two are sharing gardening ideas on General Chat, and it sounds like lots of us will be getting stuck in while stuck at home these next few weeks!

PS, my pink lily of the valley is just coming up!šŸ˜

Freddy55 replied on 22/03/2020 22:44

Posted on 22/03/2020 22:44

Apart from my raised bed project, there’s not that much happening elsewhere in the garden. There are though signs of life, not least the Clematis Armandii ‘Enham Star’ with its clusters of creamy-white flowers with a heady scent. There’s a dwarf Cherry just coming into flower and the climbing roses are starting to shoot. Last year we planted a Viburnum Plicatum ‘Kilimanjaro’, can’t wait to see that in all it’s glory, a fabulous plant that holds its flowers for a good while. As the season progresses, I’ll try to add pics. 

Trini replied on 23/03/2020 09:53

Posted on 23/03/2020 09:53

With things as they are the wifes' allotment this year instead of coming second to our trips away, it will be well tended and hopefully if the weather allows, bountiful too.

Already got the first earlies in and the main crop onions were planted yesterday.

Have to end now as she is biting at the bit to go up again. Ofcourse remembering the advice on socializing.

Be safe

takethedogalong replied on 23/03/2020 11:06

Posted on 23/03/2020 11:06

I think gardening is going to be a huge solace for a lot of people.šŸ˜ Our garden hasn’t looked as good this early in year for ages. I have a project list each year, and seldom get through it all, but this year, it’s massively on track. Not least because OH is helping as well, and because we aren’t away touring, I don’t mind spending to get someone else in to tackle some really big tasks. We managed to get two big beech trees cut back before this scare, so benefitted from a huge pile of chippings for garden, and a decent amount of stove wood to dry for next Winter.

Today will be putting in a small water butt, reassembling an outdoor water tap area, painting a door, and then it’s onto some burning later this evening of dried out clippings.

brue replied on 23/03/2020 11:20

Posted on 23/03/2020 11:20

I'm hanging back from sowing all our seeds, I like it to warm up a bit and can leave trays on the floor of the greenhouse. I usually share the surplus or give some to a local plant sale, so I think we'll be doing some swapping with neighbours etc. this year.

Last year we were given some Callette plants from a local a friend. I thought they were a weird idea, a bit like Brussel sprouts but opening up into tiny cabbages along the stalk. Anyway we grew them and when they finally got going in late winter they were good and very easy to pick. Worth a try, even in a small space as they're slim and grow upwards rather than out. 

If I hadn't got the space we have I'd be attempting to grow some veg or herbs in pots or whatever. Even if it doesn't feed the nation it would give me something to look at.

takethedogalong replied on 23/03/2020 13:40

Posted on 23/03/2020 13:40

My Mum and Sister grow lots of stuff in big pots and bags brue, potatoes, beans, tomatoes of course. It’s easier than turning over a veg bed for them, although my Sis has dedicated a small patch to carrots. Purely for the dog, he adores them!šŸ˜

Like you, there’s a lot of plant swopping, seed swopping going on here! I found a great little packet of mixed seeds in Aldi last week, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, radicchio, salad leaves, all for just 99p. I am going to sort out a sunflower growing competition across our family, who can grow the tallest?šŸ˜‚

huskydog replied on 23/03/2020 16:41

Posted on 23/03/2020 16:41

Finished the second raised bed , seeds all sorted,just waiting for the soil and weather to warm up ,then it will be all go laughing

Freddy55 replied on 23/03/2020 16:56

Posted on 23/03/2020 16:41 by huskydog

Finished the second raised bed , seeds all sorted,just waiting for the soil and weather to warm up ,then it will be all go laughing

Posted on 23/03/2020 16:56

So, what veg have you got lined up?

I little trick I learned a while back. For Parsnips I sow into toilet roll cores almost filled with compost, 3 to a core, then topped with compost. They’ll stay in the greenhouse (unheated) and usually germinate in 14 days. It’s important then to get them planted out as soon as possible, as the tap root reaches the bottom in just a couple of days. It’s then just a case of removing the weaker seedlings, after a couple of weeks. As all this wasn’t expected (growing veg) I haven’t been saving the cores, so I’m having to scrounge them šŸ™‚

huskydog replied on 23/03/2020 17:14

Posted on 23/03/2020 17:14

It will be carrot, cabbage , cauliflower, parsnips, onion,pea bread bean  and runner bean , oh and some courgette and squashes , plus the usual tomato , cucumber and sweet pepper , and salad stuff , red currant and strawberry.

i hope to put in a pear tree and  espalier it along the fence ,I’m reading up on that bit ! 

Freddy55 replied on 23/03/2020 17:52

Posted on 23/03/2020 17:14 by huskydog

It will be carrot, cabbage , cauliflower, parsnips, onion,pea bread bean  and runner bean , oh and some courgette and squashes , plus the usual tomato , cucumber and sweet pepper , and salad stuff , red currant and strawberry.

i hope to put in a pear tree and  espalier it along the fence ,Iā€™m reading up on that bit ! 

Posted on 23/03/2020 17:52

For me it will be potatoes, carrots, sprouts, cabbage, onions, broad beans, French beans, runner beans, beetroot, leeks, spring onions and lettuce. I’ll be growing tomatoes in the greenhouse (Sungold) and outdoors (in troughs) it’ll be ‘Tumbling Tom’. It would be nice to try some shallots as they’re ready for harvest quite early, but I think I’ll be struggling for space.