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Beautiful day.

08 May 2010 22:18:04

What a fantastic evening, I was outside so long that my other half asked had I grown roots, and quite honestly I really wouldn't have minded. The birds were singing their little heads off and it felt just like summer.     We bought another Rhododerdron "Percy Wiseman" in Lidl.  it is a really large plant and chocker block full of flowers.  Im looking forward to getting it planted tomorrow.

Have a great weekend ya all. 


Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 May 2010 22:20:06

Yes, Diana. Absolutely fabulous day. Can't believe I got such good weather on my weekend off.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 08 May 2010 22:49:42

Wonderful listening to the birds it was a real cracker of a day to be outside.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 08 May 2010 22:52:01

Good choice in Rhodo there! I put photo in my journal the other day. Hope it does well with you.

fran m fran m 08 May 2010 22:54:40

Had a BBQ this evening, eat indoors as it was a bit cold, but I love cooking outdoors.

fraoch fraoch 08 May 2010 23:15:55

Enjoy your weekend too Diana. Quite cold here today, very windy.

Mairin Mairin 09 May 2010 00:16:14

Yes, very cold in KK today too. 

Johnplotman Johnplotman 11 May 2010 09:21:02

Nice and bright here this morning Diana.Hopefully it will be like this in the evening time.

Wellie Wellie 07 June 2010 17:12:53

So nice to enjoy the garden every chance you get, how is Percy Wiseman doing, did he settle in well?

The weather

06 May 2010 22:20:48

What in the world is happening to the weather. This morning was like the middle of winter outside, and then this afternoon was beautiful. The poor seeds don't know if they are coming or going.  Mine are in and out like a fiddlers elbow. I just wish that it would make up it's mind what its going to do and get on with it. Mind you I am only whistling in the wind because it dosn't make any difference what we think of it at all.  Sorry for the rant but I'v waited so long for a garden that I just want to get down and get my hands dirty.(and I want to be able to get into my bedroom without triping over seed trays ;o)


fraoch fraoch 06 May 2010 22:41:11

I know what you mean it can be very frustrating. Still the garden does need rain from time to time -- preferably at night!

MartinB MartinB 06 May 2010 22:46:25

I read a book this week written over a hundred years ago and even then they talked of the strange weather that was so different since they were young, and my mother who is very old says that every year people say this. The weather is aways weird, so one has to trust in God and luck. I wish you well Diana. :-)

Cloncaw Cloncaw 06 May 2010 22:51:54

Weather is certainly changeable but be grateful we don't have some of the horrors from other parts of the world, weather is the most common topic of conversation I think.

Big Noel Big Noel 06 May 2010 22:54:29

Beautiful in Dublin this afternoon, when I got home to Kildare it started to rain and was very cold as well. So frustrating.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 May 2010 23:10:32

Weather sure does come in strange ways Diana.Not to far from here today it was more like a touch of autumn.Lovely when the sun appeared.Managed to get all the grass cut this evening,so weather wont upset plans there at least.

HippyChick HippyChick 24 May 2010 20:07:41

chortle chortle, lovely little rant.  you often make me smile actually.  i think you proably post/write just the way you speak.  very engaging :)
ye irish as so funny about the weather, i think you are obsessed with it, hehe.  people often ask me how could i move from SA's lovely weather to here, but nobody can change the weather, so no point getting miserable about THAT then, is there...  i love the different seasons, i love the spring and summer and i love the winter too, wish for thicker snow most of the time, would love to go tobogganing with my wee goosie!! 

Happy Mayday.

01 May 2010 20:30:13

The weather has been a mixed bag for that last few days.  Didn't get much done at all.  Bought loads and loads of seeds though, and have trays and pots all over the place.  There was a clump of primroses outside the fence so I dug them up and got 12 plant from them. Going to plant them under the trees, unless you think that might not a good idea. 

Managed to get broccoli plants in woodies and put them out for a week to harden off and then planted them in a patch (cant call it a vegetable patch because thats all thats in there at the moment)  The slugs had a feast.  So planted 3 more along with some slug pelletts. Touch wood they seem to be growing.

Thinking of doing a corner of the garden in shrubs. Would I be better off putting a membrain down  over the grass or do I need to dig first. Mind you by the time I have got rid of the stones and rocks it will be pretty well dug over anyway.

Enjoy the bank holiday and hope the weather improves for you all.

Dick Dick 01 May 2010 20:52:23

Diana, perhaps you could put down some slug pellets. Cover them in such manner that the slugs will go for them but the birds will not. Regarding the putting down of the shrubs, perhaps you could spray the area with Roundup and wait until the grass turnd yellow. Then you could dig the ground. If the bank holiday is fine, I will be in the garden DG.

MartinB MartinB 01 May 2010 23:09:06

A thick layer of newspaper covered with bark or other is a good method that I have tried. It will kill off all the hard weeds and by next year or so it will have been absorbed by the soil. Membrane is death to soil.

Diana Diana 02 May 2010 09:51:11

Thanks Dick I have not been able to hide all the bright blue pellets but have done my best.

Hi Martin...I will try the newspaper I think as it sounds much more friendly, and I have a small collection of newspapers so will do a little bit at a time. Usefull advice thank you.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 04 May 2010 08:45:27

Hope you had a great May bank holiday,Diana and all is going to plan.

sallysarah sallysarah 04 May 2010 15:03:42

I bought some 'everlasting'  broccoli a week ago in car boot sale in Castlebar.  Haven't grown this type before.    I was surprised at all the different veggie plants for sale.  I also got a tray of spinach - never grown it before either.   I go with my friend every month to car boot sale for flowers and shrubs.   This last visit the place was packed with people and stall-holders.  Could it be the recession?

Diana Diana 06 May 2010 20:24:41

Sally.  I do wish that I could get myself organised.  Honestly you I could manage a trip to the car boot sale in Carrick on a Sunday but every Sunday evening I remember it and have to wait for another week to forget it again ;o)  Hope you are lucky with your plants.  Everlasting broccoli sounds interesting please let me know how it goes. I planted spinach and have several seedlings so am hoping for good things.

Dick Dick 06 May 2010 20:51:54

Diana and Sally, now that you have spinach, you will probably have as much energy as Popeye!

Diana Diana 06 May 2010 21:23:34

Oh I do hope so Dick!!! I'd need it to keep up with you and all your seedlings.

sallysarah sallysarah 07 May 2010 08:17:06

I will let you know how I get on with the everlasting brocolli.  I'm still picking from my purple sprouting broc!!!   Last week (my daughter was over for hols so we went to Ballinrobe (Morleys) gdn centre) on way to see cousins and bought some plants of purple spout broc - 9 for 3 euros which I didn't think was too bad.  Normally I only plant 4.  Monty Don says 'to treat like trees and stake'.  He's right as they grow tall with thick thick stumps, more like a tree-trunk.

Dick, if I get any more energy I'll be going round in more circles than usual..........

Looking forward to seeing you Diana on 4th July - will have to look up my emails to see what I've promised to who!!

mushroom compost.

20 April 2010 22:33:23

Thank you for all your good wishes and helful advice.  It seems as though the article I read was a little doom and gloom.  It is better to rot it down a little and let the rain at it to wash away some of the salt. but it is not the end of the world to do what I did. Brigette had told me not to put it near the roots of the trunk of the trees as it containes a good bit of lime. so I was very careful and hopefully did not cause too much damage to any of the plants,and I didnt go anywhere near the trees just in case.  The lucky thing is that we only do a smallish piece of the border at a time. so alls well that ends well.  Thanks agaqin for all your help and advice. Needless to say the other three blocks are as we speak rotting down. (and producing mushrooms Soup anybody?)

Jacinta - We got the compost in our local mushroom growers, and we were told to take as much as we wanted . FOR FREE!!!! Maybe look up your local grower and give them a call, They can only say no.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 April 2010 22:51:13

I wouldnt know where to start to look for a mushroom grower. I live in Dubiin.

chilipepper chilipepper 25 April 2010 12:47:45

North county Dublin Jacinta, there are a good few out there, check yellow pages!

Dick Dick 01 May 2010 20:56:44

Jacinta, I suppose there would not be mushroom in your garden!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 May 2010 21:39:47

Hopefully, Dick, there will be in the summer. I plan on growing some in the greenhouse. :) Funny.

What have I done now??

19 April 2010 22:00:57
This afternoon we went and collected 4 blocks of mushroom compost, and I put one block into newly dug beds.  I was checking on talk and came across a bit that said that you sould rot it down before adding it to the soil and that if you dont it ruins the soil and any new plantings.......Please please tell me that this isn't true and if it is how can I make amends. 
Myrtle Myrtle 19 April 2010 22:05:16

I hope some one is able to help but I'm not the one!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 April 2010 22:13:31

Diana, where did you get the blocks of mushroom compost. Didnt know you could buy blocks. Sorry dont know anything about mushrooms. But I will hopefully be doing them this year, in the greenhouse.I bought mushroom spores a few weeks back. Just thinking about the stench of manure though, in the heat of the summer in the greenhouse. Maybe it's not such a good idea.

Bernie B Bernie B 19 April 2010 22:23:26

I have put a small amount  into my veg beds where I'm going to grow my peas  so I hope this isn't true Diana.

fran m fran m 19 April 2010 22:31:46

Don't know I'm afraid, but there are so many different views. As far as I know spent mushroom compost is as it says, spent. Hope all will be ok.

Rachel Rachel 19 April 2010 22:45:48

Diana, you should Ask Gerry.

Clara Clara 19 April 2010 22:49:06

Am the same as Myrtle , good luck.

Wellie Wellie 19 April 2010 23:08:31

Can't see it doing any long term damage Diana, but yeah, you should ask Jerry, and don't worry you can only learn by getting it wrong sometimes, the amount of times I've done something like that....

sallysarah sallysarah 20 April 2010 07:25:54

Ask Jerry or google it.

brigette brigette 20 April 2010 08:54:03

Know lots of people who use mushroom compost straight away. The thing to remember is that it contains a lot of lime, but that can be an advantage especially on heavy Roscommon soils. I also would'nt put it in direct contact with plant roots as it could burn. Many people let it rot down because they are worried about what chemicals have been used in the mushroom growing process. What we have done in the past is collect it in late summer/autumn and let it rot down over winter. By spring it will be full of worms. Last autumn we made a new herbaceous border and planted everything straight into fresh mushroom compost. Did'nt want the expense of buying in topsoil. It worked a treat and everything is emerging now. Will take a photo later and post it.

Ternie Ternie 20 April 2010 19:38:01

mushroom compost... more you live, less you know :))) have never heard about musroom compost :)

yorkshirelass yorkshirelass 20 April 2010 20:44:01

Hi Diana, go to www.rhs.org.co.uk click on 'plants' which is along the top of the page, then advice search, mushroom compost, there is alot of information regarding mushroom compost and the advantages of using it. good luck


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