What Jobs Are We Doing In The Garden Today 2020

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  1. Tinkerbelle61

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    Thanks @Perki Yes that is what I thought also, will wait until we move to do this job, plenty of time for researching!

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      Hello @alana Can I ask what bulbs you store in your shed, how you store them and how long can they be stored for before going grotty please? I bought loads (too many) but thought I couldn’t hold on to them for next year.

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        Our front garden, a former Heather garden, was ruins of a war torn land between me and the weeds. A summer of neglect, as I worked on my back garden, had meant the front had been colonised by the green uniformed brigades of dandelion and other unknown invaders.

        I ripped into it! And reclaimed it back! It now looks clean. Almost a blank slate for spring.

        My teenager of an oak at 280 years old has shed leaves over the decades. My late dad, I discovered, had piled up leaves into to 2 old concrete compost bins. Perfect mulch!

        So final job today mulch defences against further infiltration and maybe off to a well known garden centre to bolster the leaf mould with sweet smelling bark!

        I just moved in a week before the pandemic hence why it is sooo bare and needing plant life! the back garden is coming of terrifically!

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          Hi @Tinkerbelle61 The stored bulbs were from earlier this year when I dug them out to make a new border. I cleaned off the earth and put them in the shed in boxes with holes in the bottom (crocus, daffs and tulips). I won't replant the tulips until November.
           
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            Cut the grass and then proceeded to do my favourite things (yes, humming the song :)), namely removing extra leaves and shoots that will not have time to fruit from the tomatoes (I love the scent of cut tom leaves), deadheaded Cosmos (it's so rewarding to see the next bud ready to burst when you cut the spent one out) and then just sat on the bench munching the toms that fell during the trim and enjoyed the lovely afternoon.

            Regardless of stupid virus situation, Brexit and whatnot, life feels good. Have a great week everyone! :)

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              It's been a beautiful sunny day here today. I weeded the driveway with a new electric thingymajig from Aldi. Sadly the Sedum spurium. That came free with the reclaimed chimney pots was absolutely full of vine weevil grubs when I had a nosey in the pot :yikes: good job I checked before I did anything with it.
               
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                The last 3 weeks at work have been hectic and meant taking work home with me so, yesterday and today, I put it at the very back of my mind and concentrated on the garden.:yes:
                So, yesterday, I dug up the border at the side of the driveway, reinvigorated it with used compost and handfuls of Bone Meal, and then planted 8 Lavender Plants in it. I love getting out of the car and running my hands through the Lavender and getting the scent:love30::hapydancsmil:, so the border is ready for next year.
                Today, I planted the Sedum "Marina".

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                that I bought a few days ago, along the middle path where it can catch the Sun but had to move a Day Lily to do that:dunno: I've had a large pot containing Lilies, Shasta Daisies, and other bits and pieces standing by the Kitchen door for years and it need emptying, dividing the plants. renewing the compost and adding Bone Meal so I've moved it to do the job tomorrow
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                and, for the time being, I've planted a smaller container with three Lavender plants and stood it where the other one stood.
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                I'll put some low growing, draping plants in there just to soften up the edges of the pot and see what happens.
                I've done a lot of dead heading of the Roses, Knautia, Kniphofia, Gladioli, and anything else that needed it. It's been a really beautiful, warm day today and the warm breeze was swirling around the garden and I kept getting a strong scent of Vanilla, Almond and Spice, which for some reason reminded me of the Seaside!!! The Bees and the Butterflies are still out in strength today and the borders are still full of colour:hapfeet:
                I guess everyone has noticed that the price of garden stuff. including Fertiliser, has gone up and in some cases tripled or quadrupled due to demand while people have been locked down:gaah::doh:. But, I noticed that one of my favourite organic liquid Fertiliser whose price had shot up has now dropped by around a half so I've ordered 15 litres of one and another 15 litres of high Potash feed ready for next year. I've also ordered 25 Kilos of Bone Meal, and 10 Kilos of Blood, Fish and Bone Meal so that I know everything will be there when I want to use it.
                So, tonight, it's a glass of the red stuff and a sit on the Patio to listen to and catch the scents of the garden in the still warm air.:love30:
                 
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                    Beautiful looking plants Sian!

                    Good luck with your compost Gary. I am a slow and lazy composter - throw it all in without a thought for greens/browns and let time and the worms do their thing. The main thing here is to keep a good fence around the compost bay as our little dog loves eating it and gives herself a sore tummy :nonofinger:

                    I started off the weekend sifting compost and sowing summer seeds in the greenhouse. Sat down with a cuppa and researched the different pumpkin seeds my sister has given me. Was only able to cut the list down to 8 varieties, still far too many, but have started them all and will worry about that later :whistle: Bit more sowing then ran out of labels so dug a little trench in my new area out the back of the greenhouse to try some trench composting.

                    Big rains overnight and beautiful sunny day Sunday. Couldn't stop wandering around looking at all the new spring growth, so not much was actually achieved. Filled my trench with scraps and manure and took a few cuttings from some sorry looking potted succulents that are past their prime, then finished early with a gin and tonic on the lawn in the sun.
                     
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                      I've been trying to get hold of Tomorite @ARMANDII but apparently there's a shortage at the moment. I'll try B&Q and B&M on Thursday.
                       
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                        I use Tomorite, Sheal, quite a bit for my Roses from Early Spring and it's good stuff.:thumbsup: I've not had any problems getting it from the Shops around here:dunno:

                        But the one I've ordered in quantity is this........

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                        it got really expensive during the Summer but, I guess, with Autumn on top of us the demand for it has dropped to where they have dropped the price by around half of what it peaked at. It would be nice if they dropped it to the original price though:heehee:
                         
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                          I've got no chance of seeing what is on that canister Armandii. :doh::biggrin:

                          I think you're right about the demand dropping, not only with Autumn upon us but many people are returning to work and not tending their gardens as they did. What has annoyed me is the companies that have exploited this years problems and hiked the prices of almost everything gardening wise.
                           
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                            Dig out dead/dying Illicium flowered beautifully and then lost leaves and bark has started to peal off. Plant another shrub to replace it. Stick some recently bought plants into a holding bed until there is a permanent home for them.
                            Weeding and pruning.
                             
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                              @Sheal I was in our local B&Q the other day and they had lots of tomato feed. I hope yours has some in now. :blue thumb:

                              It's going to be too hot today to do anything but watering. These hot days the pots, baskets, greenhouse, nursery areas and plants under cover need watering twice a day. It takes an hour each time with the hose. In the meantime I shall set up the sprinkler on the veggies. We've had no rain for weeks!

                              People are still dropping spare plants into us that need splitting and potting up (anyone want to pop round for some Irises? :whistle: :phew:).
                               
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                                We didn’t do too much gardening at the weekend, instead concentrating on enjoying the space - for example eating outside in the chilli forest :heehee:, and then relaxing around the brazier as the bats swoop by.

                                I hope it doesn’t get too warm too quickly today. I need to cut the grass, and hand cut the next section of laurel hedge along the pavement. The extra care of using secateurs is already paying off, as the hedge is starting to green up, even though I cut it back hard into the bare wood. I can’t start work for the next couple of hours, as we have a lovely heavy dew. About the only moisture we get, just like you, @shiney .

                                At some point this week I also need to finish planting up the drive bed extension. I’ve already put some shasta daisies in, and ear-marked some daylily divisions, some lambs ears, and some savoury that is currently rapidly winning the battle with the grass at the edge of the herb bed. Mowing savoury is, ummm, interesting!! Once I have most of the planting sorted, I can put the double apricot daffs, “replete” in amongst the plants.

                                Another outstanding job is to extend the bed behind the pond bench. I already have some interesting grasses to go in, and it will be planted with whatever else I can find, and the rest of the sack of apricot daffs....

                                .... I doubt I’ll get all of that done today though. A couple of middle-of-the-night panic attacks, and a loudly-snoring hubby mean that I will fade early, and an afternoon nap might be needed.:snooze:
                                 
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