What have you done today in the Garden?

Discussion in 'Fruit and Veg Gardening' started by razyrsharpe, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Logan

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    You've got a lot of tomato seeds to grow Daniel, don't have those varieties over here.
     
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    This morning pruned 5 more roses, now it can't make up it's mind to rain or not.
     
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    You’ve been the busy girl, Loggie. Congrats.

    Daniel— you’ve got SOME toms going on there ! It is an interesting selection. I am quite interested in how it all goes for you this year. Not just the toms, but all you are growing. I am always open to learning something.

    Well today it was/is quite rainy. Not deterred, I wanted to go out to he lottie for a looksy and I wanted to cut a few plugs off my Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’. Why, you may ask. Well, my Bride wants to bring the lottie to our balcony.

    A few days ago we emptied our fancy planters of the spent soil and flagging Hedra, and a plan plan was made.

    We dug out some large plugs and then subdivided those. Each planter will have three plugs. We came back home and planted them before heading down for our cocoa.
     
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    My grandfather used to soak his peas in paraffin. The mice didn't fancy eating them then!
     
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    Hiya Tet. I believe that I have heard of that before…but how does the water get to them to begin the germination process? Do you know?
     
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    Didn't have a clue, but he always got a superb crop. He started to teach me about gardening just after I learned to walk! As I couldn't come up with a knowledgeable answer, I looked for this online, and came across this thread in an allotment forum
    https://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=122674.0
     
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    I just asked hubby about this, his dad used to put the peas in paraffin. It doesn't stop the peas from soaking up the water, it's just the smell.
     
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    I showed this post to Hubby DHR. First I showed him the photo, then read your list. We can recognize some of the parts. When I read the list he smiled and said it sounded like a twelve days of Christmas song - 12 (10) parts of Sorin. :)
     
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    This is very interesting Tetters. Mice are a real problem for me, with my garden right next to a fallow field. Thanks for sharing this. :)
     
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    Ta Tetters and Loggie. I was just curious. I plant few seeds directly into the veggie beds now-a-days because of voles and mice. I appreciate your extra work (and the link) to look for an answer. As long as it works, that’s the main thing, right?
     
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    Got the jet-wash out today and gave the pagoda a go over. Over its life, it's had two different colour schemes.
    It's ready for a paint job.



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    I also jet-washed the little patio behind the shed , the path down to the tea-house, the York stone area in front of it and the two flagged paths either side of it down to the back fence. There will be some re-pointing required of the small patio in places.


    I also did the brick lawn edging, not too severely, as I don't want to make it noticeable, but it got rid of any surface moss on the tops of the bricks and any moss or grass between them.


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    (The bricks are holding down wires attached to the net over the acer)
     
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    What are you protecting that Acer from, Riley? Deer?
     
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    The net is to keep the acer in a "dome shape"
    I do it every few years when it "starts to do its own thing."
    New growth comes from the top and the net forces it to follow the shape of established branches.
    Failure to do it will mean it will end up looking like a cocktail umbrella.
    I don't want the canopy spreading out much further than the line of bricks, as the shadow encourages moss on that part of the lawn and the extended foliage restricts the view of the bottom garden from our French windows.
    I'll leave the net on until I need to remove it to avoid it damaging the growing leaves, by which time the branches, as they are a hard wood, will have mostly "set."
    There will be a few that are "untrainable," which will need pruning off and I'll need to even off the "fringe."
    I've been doing it for over thirty years.
     
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    I had not thought of that. This technique must work well since you have been doing it successfully for so long. What a good idea. The Acers of yours that you have shone on here really do look quite nice.
     
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    Your welcome Sjoerd

    Pruned 8 more roses, hubby let me do it by myself.:smt041
     
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