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April 2011 Blog Posts (81)

Successfully Overwintered?


With record April temperatures the harsh December we had seems a long way away.  So what crops have you managed to successfully overwinter?

Added by Damo on April 30, 2011 at 20:51 — 5 Comments

new potatoes.....yummy

I couldn’t resist the temptation to empty one of the containers of Lady Christl potatoes in the greenhouse. First I scraped away some of the compost just to make sure there was something there.


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Added by Colin Robinson on April 30, 2011 at 18:36 — 2 Comments

An complete ecosystem.

I don't use any sprays or chemicals, no slug pellets, no bought fertilisers, not even weed & feed for the lawn. 

I am a firm believer in the value of an ecosystem, & that if you start killing off a particular variety of bugs it creates a ripple effect.  So you either end up with loads of another bug, or its predator (that was helping you with other things) dies out/leaves. 


This approach has created is a garden full of bugs & wildlife....




Added by Zoe on April 28, 2011 at 8:50 — 3 Comments

Under Attack

Under Attack


My first real test, my Parsnips are under attack

Added by Blicky on April 27, 2011 at 20:28 — 3 Comments

Shady Gardening.....what would you do???

I have been doing a lot of regeneration work on the garden this year & where my compost heap currently resides seems to become more of an eye-sore with every job I undertake.  So I am considering the rather large task of moving it to a more secluded spot.  

I want to make it into a pretty corner, but like most of the rest of my garden its in a rather deep pocket of shade.  In most of my shady areas I have put shrubs or salad crops in, but it would be so nice to have…


Added by Zoe on April 27, 2011 at 8:36 — 5 Comments

Cats and gardening don't mix

I don't have a cat but my next door neighbour does.  Her garden is all grass so the cat can't find anywhere decent to do his business.  This is where my garden comes in useful.  Yesterday I sowed a row of carrots and parsnips but forgot to put a net over them.  When I went on my tour of the garden this evening I found the carrot row had been scraped into a neat pile by the obliging moggy from next door.  I literally have to cover everything with nets or cloches to prevent this happening.  I…


Added by elaine rickett on April 26, 2011 at 19:40 — 10 Comments

A greenhouse full of seedlings.

In the glorious weather that was this bank holiday weekend I planted yet more seeds.  On the cover of Aprils Gardeners world were some giant sunflower & sweet-pea seeds.  So we went round the whole garden & popped a sunflower in every corner, wherever they is some support for them.  

Then I re-potted my courgettes, sage, & asparagus pea seedlings, so they can stay in the greenhouse a while longer now.  I also bought some berlotti & yellow French beans & have…


Added by Zoe on April 26, 2011 at 8:46 — 8 Comments

rhubarb pic

Here's a pic of my rhubarb:


 You can read how I've been growing it on my blog -… Continue

Added by greenfingersmum on April 25, 2011 at 17:55 — 1 Comment

Spring in full swing

Just put some pictures of the lovely spring flowers in my garden up over on my "musings of a mushy pea" blog if anyone fancies a look. Lou xxx

Added by Louise Sian Gibbard on April 25, 2011 at 13:07 — No Comments

Greenhouse expansion & sowing frenzy

Added by Damo on April 25, 2011 at 8:53 — No Comments

rain, glorious rain....

...but, unfortunately, not enough of it. Number one water butt is back to half-full but I now have a healthy crop of weed seedlings to deal with. The combination of warm weather and recent rain has pushed everything forward, including chickweed, dandelions, buttercups and groundsel!


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Added by Colin Robinson on April 24, 2011 at 20:40 — 3 Comments

Succession sowing

Spent the day succession sowing I feel very organised, which is unusual for me.  I was prompted to get on with it when I read an article in the Gardening section of Saturday's Telegraph about a chap called Charles Dowding who has a turnover of £25,000 p.a. from growing veg. on 1 acre of land simply because he grows veg. that he can keep on picking right through the year.  No lean seasons for him.  The man is an inspiration.  His is the no-dig variety of garden he just adds compost and manure…


Added by elaine rickett on April 24, 2011 at 18:53 — 8 Comments

A few sticks of rhubarb and two asparagus spears!

Thats the sum total of my harvest so far. Can't believe it is my FORTH year on my plot. If I'm honest, its looks as though I still haven't cleared the ground... I just can't keep up with the weeds! True, this year I have been away for three months, so have only just managed to start getting down to business, but really... is there a fairy plotmother out there?! I suffer from a kind of 'grass is greener' syndrome. First it was the lovely plots with all the lovely raised beds, separated by neatly… Continue

Added by Anna Winstanley on April 24, 2011 at 17:53 — No Comments

I blame Carol Klein

Watched GW last night and took notice of Carol saying that the sooner you transplant/pot up you seedlings the better.  So I spent all day out in the blazing sun doing just that.  Everything immediately went limp but is starting to regain its stature as the evening is cooling down.  I took everyone's advice and just re-potted my tomatoes that are going outdoors.  Still got a bit more to do tonight while I am in the mood.  That's another job ticked off the list.

Added by elaine rickett on April 23, 2011 at 18:52 — No Comments

The rest of your garden...

What does it look like?

Is it 'finished'?


I ask only because my sister dropped by my garden unexpectedly yesterday afternoon and cheerfully pronounced that 'it looks like a mad woman gardens here!' Which isnt quite the aesthetic I was going for!

Im in the second year of a… Continue

Added by Melinda Que_Linda on April 23, 2011 at 13:30 — 4 Comments

Root Update

Roots Update


Not as easy as I imagined, growing for show

Certainly stressful at times


Parsnips 5"Tall…


Added by Blicky on April 23, 2011 at 6:48 — No Comments

Instant seedlings

This morning when I opened up the greehouse there was no sign of the climbing French beans or the courgettes - by this afternoon they had all popped up.  A bit concerned that there is no sign of the runners yet. I think my problem is that I overwater the pots and they rot before they have had a chance to get started.  Think I will have a root around and see what is lurking beneath the soil.

Added by elaine rickett on April 22, 2011 at 19:46 — No Comments

Sweltering in April!


Will this be our summer?

Added by Damo on April 21, 2011 at 20:50 — 2 Comments

from the heart


panic attacks and happy times all in the one post with lots of photos :) xx

Added by Carrie Gault on April 21, 2011 at 17:42 — No Comments

Foxes, bees and garden wildlife

As I was sitting with my neighbour in her garden last evening, an adult fox came over the back fence (there is a small copse) and stood on the roof of the shed eyeing us up. 

I was astonished, it was so bold.


Ive had to rethink things as I usually keep the back doors open in the evenings.

I thought it was just cats I had to contend with, Id never considered face chewing foxes. My neighbour says there are cubs somewhere too.  We discussed the possibility of the…


Added by Melinda Que_Linda on April 21, 2011 at 13:57 — 8 Comments

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