WHAT ARE WE DOING IN THE GARDEN TODAY - 2021

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  1. DianneW

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    on a similar mission here..but not today as find the word Greenhouse a tad troublesome...:cry3:not forever just for now....
     
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      So mild here today, we were able to do a good tidy up around the garden, including weeds in some cracks in the patio, a bit of pruning and moving some of the heavier pots to where we wanted them.Also, in spite of the recent rains, some pots did need water, as did the bird baths.
      Filled all the bird feeders, and admired all the just flowering Spring bulbs, narcissi and crocus.
      After that brushed up a ton of twiggy bits from shedding silver birches.Primroses all in bloom too.
       
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        Can be a range of things why so many pack up , pay not as ways the best- Other jobs are easier it can be hard physical work or something else comes along - expensive to start with 1 pro mower are around £1500 now and you usually need more than one add on strimmers / hedgetrimmer etc its a lot of money but probably the biggest thing is Winter I haven't worked since 20th December due to the weather .

        You do a nice job of the border Edge Shiney :dbgrtmb:
         
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          I've finished off doing my mum path today , need to point round the side of the house, I ran out of the brush in stuff so had to use mortar instead . Got to get some gravel and make a veg box but I am in no rush to do that , I'll put a picture on tomorrow :).

          @ARMANDII your garden looking much more alive than mine I like the drifts of snowdrops , I have some here and there they get accidently moved around . Somehow my rhubarb got a couple of weeks on yours :noidea:.I don't know if its just me but I much prefer the little to middle size daffodils than the large daffs, they look more elegant in a way and more proportionally sized for most gardens, I do like the large daffs they look great in wide sweeping landscapes / parks / towns centres etc .
           
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            I think it was back in the 80's. The job market took a dive. Blokes were going around with a mower and a rake, purporting to be gardeners. A pal of mine, he was a tree surgeon, he took on a couple of gardens in a posh area. He bought several fuchsia cuttings from me. In time I asked how the cuttings were doing. He invired me to the garde. The owner was out. Hells Bells, what a shock. Here and ther were planted the cuttings, no futher advanced than the day I provide them. I said my piece and left. Gardener my R's!!!!!!!
             
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              1st thing was to fill in the trench I dug out to level off the No.4 placing of the Greenhouse ..seeing it is now in place No.2,,,,, finally....looks almost ok:scratch:now I have filled it all in again........................and tomorrow
              The tractor grass cutter will come out of its mothballs and will cut the grass for the 1st time this year...
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              saw Lonesome this morning thinking basking in *** *** having listening to the sunny weather report earlier... we should but did not have any Sun...never mind, plenty of time for that too .018.JPG
              Just a few daffs bringing some welcome colour to this bed...granny's bonnets appearing here and there. pleased about that...013.JPG
              Retrieved these 4 planters baskets from the barn, well they have been there since 2014 so need a clean up..
              Will line them with Moss, maybe....View attachment 154105
              Sometimes if you can do it all yourself, knowledge often only earned through doing...and then, even if it takes a lot longer, at least you feel the satisfaction of achievement. Whether it is perfect is no longer in the frame......
               

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                We're lucky here as they collect green waste every week of the year - including Christmas. Also, every Sunday from March to November, a green waste lorry tours the villages (half hour at each village) where people can bring their green waste. :dbgrtmb: I have three green waste wheelie bins :)
                 
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                  Lewis started on his own at the age of 21 and could only afford secondhand equipment but gradually moved on to getting better equipment. He now has two mowers as last year I gave him my 24 year old Hayter 56 as it was beginning to give me starting problems and my back wasn't up to pull starting it when that happened. He spent a lot of time overhauling it and now has a well running second mower.

                  He is lucky that he has a few regular clients, such as ourselves, that need his services all year round. Some of his regulars he has nothing to do in their gardens for three months over winter. I also give him business advice, tell him when to put his prices up and have advanced him money to buy some replacement equipment. He deserves it as he is a conscientious hard worker.

                  Border edges:-
                  As the soil was a bit too damp I've only cut the upper edges of the lawns. With the current dry spell I hope to get the edges much deeper.

                  This was a thread I put up four years ago

                  Cutting Lawn Edges

                  Using the spade by keeping it below the top of the edge and sliding it along as I move it up and down, whilst keeping pressure on it to keep it firmly against the edge, consolidates the soil enough to keep the edge for the whole year. :blue thumb:
                   
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                    I'm now working on pressure washing the patio of it's winter grime and mud (muddy boots and wheelbarrows between front and back garden :sad:) and shall then apply Wet & Forget in the Spring. It will take me until then to get it all done :old:
                     
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                      Our Patio is well overdue for a pressure wash clean up also, after Mr.W was using it on the car yesterday an odd sound came from it and then it died:yikes:...So he asked for my approval 'as one does' as he only buys expensive gear....He like's the make Stihl so off to the Steal Shop...:heehee:
                      p.s. @shiney no boredom for you then busypliers:)
                       
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                        Nothing today it's raining again, never cleaned our patio it's got a lot of blueberry pots on it.
                         
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                          Heavy clay soil is still way too claggy to do any weeding. I pulled up unwanted greenery from between patio stones then went and tidied up overwintered pelargoniums in unheated conservatory. I then gave them a good watering....should it have had feed in, or is it still too early? I must cut back the worst of the spindly bits, hopefully put some in as cuttings?
                           
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                            A few days off work, so get to catch up with weeding etc. Picked up a load of broken twigs etc. Compost heap needs turning over, will start a fresh one for this weeks weeds and shredding.
                            Got some plants to move, pots of things that haven't made it through the winter to deal with; these are mainly duplicates/spares.
                             
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                              Re JJ28 clay soil and more......
                              We had heavy claypot soil for 14 years in Pebsham E.Sussex... lovely location for us on the edge of an estate but next to Pebsham Farm and now the planned Country Park is in progress(trying to ignore still ,the newish Industrial Units springing up all over and the 1200+ New Builds...that is why we moved of course..and the soil..).
                              It was only possible during the colder wetter months to dig the ground and so that was a busy time in the garden for us. Come the springtime the soil was drying out and started to crack and by Summer the beds had ravines. Some parts of the garden we had improved the soil with the most help or from our Huge Oak Trees all on one side feeding a long flower bed... Clay soil is particularly frustrating to work with though.
                              Here we have very stoney mix, like ballast stones with a dark medium weight soil....not sure what it would be called but most plants seem to grow ok. Roses have not been so good though, I do not buy particular feeders but do the stinging nettle feeder a lot. Lost 1 and loosing another Rhododendron so maybe lack of feeding. Just pleased we chose a fairly flat garden without the claypot soil....
                               
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