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GARDENING DIARY 14th MARCH 2021

GARDENING DIARY 14th MARCH 2021

Well, another busy week in the garden. I have: 1) planted the rest of the potatoes into the raised beds (previously only into potato bags) 2) cut the lawn for the first time (set the blade higher than usual), then scarified and fed it. Soon be time to sow grass seed...

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GARDENING DIARY 7th MARCH 2021

GARDENING DIARY 7th MARCH 2021

Well, another busy week in the garden, especially as the weather is so nice. Firstly, my new greenhouse is now full (picture 1) of leaf and root cuttings, bulbs and corms planted, plus seeds germinated, all items previously mentioned. Secondly, I have planted up some...

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GARDENING DIARY 28TH FEBRUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 28TH FEBRUARY 2021

Well, looks like spring is certainly here in the garden! Firstly, I have been having lots of fun sowing all my annual summer flowers – lobelia, petunia, alyssum, marigold, pelargonium, impatiens, gazania etc. My new greenhouse is starting to look full already!...

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GARDENING DIARY  21st FEBRUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 21st FEBRUARY 2021

Well, after all the frozen ground we had last week, this week’s weather has been so much better, so I have been very busy. With my new (unheated) greenhouse sorted (hurrah!), I have been moving some of the plants from my heated garden room, freeing up more space there...

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GARDENING DIARY 14th FEBRUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 14th FEBRUARY 2021

Well, Happy Valentines Day to everyone. As it has been extremely cold this last week, and the ground has been frozen, I have been concentrating on a few other jobs. Firstly, I have been preparing all the compost from my hot bins (see photo 1), which is about 6 months...

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GARDENING DIARY 7th FEBRUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 7th FEBRUARY 2021

As mentioned previously, I like to extend the flowering season as much as possible, including getting flowers as early as possible. To this end, I have been overwintering my fuchsias, pelargoniums etc in my unheated greenhouse, as they can be flowering in March or...

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GARDENING DIARY 31ST JANUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 31ST JANUARY 2021

Well, the start of February is the start of the exciting seed sowing season, so here are some tips to make germination as successful as possible: 1) you need to use multipurpose (peatfree if you can) compost, rather than soil or compost from your compost heap/hot bin....

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GARDENING DIARY 24th JANUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 24th JANUARY 2021

Whilst waiting for the start of the February seed sowing season, some of us are thinking about how we can extend the flowering season in our gardens, so here are a couple of tips, especially us lucky ones down in the south. Some plants, including those sometimes seen...

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GARDENING DIARY 17th JANUARY  2021

GARDENING DIARY 17th JANUARY 2021

Well, I mentioned last week about planting sweet peas, and the first photo is of those peas – with some bottom heat from a warming mat – just starting to sprout. Once you have 2 sets of leaves on those sweet peas, they no longer need bottom heat, and you can put them...

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