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Bernie B's Journal

Bernie B's Journal March 2010

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Spring has sprung a leak

30 March 2010 18:15:45
Waterlogged

Waterlogged

We had really heavy rain here last night and this morning with sleet and high winds thrown in for good luck. The garden is so wet and mushy. We have a man with a digger coming at the weekend to put in more drainage  and do a bit of work around the garden. Looking out now you would think it was the middle of January and its so cold. All I did today was to check on my seedlings which I moved to the greenhouse over the weekend. They all look fine so hopefully no damage will be done. And would you believe it ...my very first daffodil came out today just to remind me that it is spring after all.

Aphid Attack

26 March 2010 12:39:21
Picture from the net

Picture from the net

A couple of weeks ago I noticed some aphids on my some of my young plants that I have been keeping in the sun room. I sprayed them with a diluted mixture of 1 teaspoonful of Fairy liquid, 1 teaspoonful of olive oil topped up with about a litre of water. After a couple of days I took them outside and sprayed them with water. I thought it have done the trick but they kept coming back so I am still spraying every couple of days. The young shoots are a bit damaged on some of the plants and they look a bit yellow. I noticed today that there are still quite a few aphids, should I continue to spray. Will this mixture do my plants any harm? Should I buy a chemical insecticide or would that be more harmfull.The plants that are most affected are Calla Lily and Fusia.

Strawberry Plants in Aldi

24 March 2010 21:17:52
Strawberry Plants in Aldi

Strawberry Plants in Aldi

 

Aldi have Strawberry plants on sale tomorrow. 6 pack for only €4.99 great value. 

Choose from: Christine, Symphony, Florence, Hapil, Mae and more. Six pack carry trays.

New Tv Programme

23 March 2010 19:32:34
New TV programme starting on BBC2 tonight called "Grow Your Own Drugs" all about growing herbs. Should be worth watching.

Seedlings & Early Salad Bar

21 March 2010 18:45:04
Early Salad in the Greenhouse

Early Salad in the Greenhouse

What a fabulous day today was. Spent most of the day in the garden. Dug over another of the raised veg beds so all are now ready for planting. Put in more onion sets. Planted more seeds. My early salad bar in the greenhouse is coming on really well. Everything growing strong. I made a list of all seedlings that are up so far. Andrew saw me with the list and asked was I writing out birth certificates as he calls my seedling area the Maternity Ward! I'm determined to get plenty of colour into my garden this summer.

This is a list of all my seedlings so far and all doing well:

Flowers: Dwarf Lupin Gallery, Sweet Pea Night & Day, Sweet Pea Miss Wilmott, Lavatera Silver Cup, Alyssum Carpet of Snow, Lobelia Cascade, Petunia, Pelargonium, Delphinium Centurion, Celosia Torch, Ecanacea Parasol, Cineraria Silver Dust, Aubrietia, Agapanthus, Agrostemma Quest, Hollyhock Double Icicle, Aster Milady, French Marigold, Nasturtium, Cornflour Blue Ball, Cosmos, Verbena Bonis; Physostegia Summer Snow.

Herbs & Vegetable: English Thyme, Sage, Harlequin Tomato, Charm Tomato, Gardeners Delight Tomato, Sungold Tomato, Gourmet Pepper, Mohawk Pepper, Beetroot Chioggia, Chives, Tundra Cabbage, Apache Spring Onion, White Spring Onion, Cauliflower, Summer Purple Broccoli, Sprouts Trafalgar, Early Onward Peas, Leeks, Sugar Snap Peas, Belstar Calibres, Winnigstadt Cabbage, Yugoslavian Red Lettuce, Oriental Salad Leaves, Webbs Lettuce, Radish, Rocket Apollo, Mixed Summer Salad.

Have lots more seeds planted that are not on my list. I got onto the seedaholic site last night and ordered more. It's a really good site and the seeds are so cheap. It's a great service as the seeds come with a very detailed little booklet. Would certainly recommend them as all the seeds I got there germinated whereas I had a few losses from Thomson & Morgan seeds.

 

For Fran

20 March 2010 21:03:31
Weigela

Weigela

These are the three Weigela cuttings that you gave me. They are coming on really strong, putting on so much growth on a daily basis. Thanks again

Gravel around greenhouse

19 March 2010 19:07:09
New graveled area

New graveled area

Today we got the gravel laid around the greenhouse area. Another project nearly finished. Next thing is to have the new raised beds filled with topsoil. Got more seeds planted and lots more seedlings pricked out and potted up. Will make a list tomorrow of what seedlings I have flower and veg wise.

Panic in the maternity wards

19 March 2010 11:47:43
The Maternity Ward

The Maternity Ward

That's what Andrew calls my greenhouse and my little Aldi greenhouses where all my seedling are. Talk about killing with kindness. I had been overwatering and suffocating all the seedlings with too much heat. Was getting green and red mould on everything but caught in time thanks to the advice on this site. I have about 25 different types of flower seedlings and 20 veg types and they are all safe and sound now so the panic is over.  Thanks all.

Red Mould On Peat Pots

18 March 2010 17:55:23
Red Mould

Red Mould

Have just gone to check on my seedlings and my sweetpeas that are sowed in peat pots are covered in red mould. The plants themselves look fine but the pots and soil are covered in a pinkish red mould. Should I throw them out (I dont really want to lose them) or should I replant them. I know now that the conditions they were in was too damp. Has anyone else had this problem with peat pots. I was going to plant all my peas, beans in individual peat pots so the roots are not disturbed when planting out but now I dont know what to do!!

Green for St Patrick

17 March 2010 21:47:16
I noticed today that the compost in all my little pots of seedlings etc have turned green with either moss or mould. Why is this happening and will it do any harm. Its the same in the greenhouse and in my little Aldi greenhouses that are in the sunroom.  

Mounds of Pure Gold

17 March 2010 20:56:57
Mounds shortly after strimming

Mounds shortly after strimming

Happy St Patrick's Day to everyone. We had a lovely day today. Slept in really late ....haven't done that in such a long time. We then got the area around the greenhouse filled with a layer of stones and we will top in up with gravel during the week. Put a layer of manure in the new raised veg beds which were just finished today too. We were going to buy top soil this week to fill them up.

All around our site there is a mound of earth and we just couldn't decide what to do with it. When we moved in last year it was full of weeds. We strimmed it in August and just left it. The grass in our garden is really poor and brown at the moment and has very poor drainage. We planted about four hundred daffodil, tulip, snowdrop, crocus and bluebells in it last autumn to naturalize but very few have come up and it appears that most of the daffodils are blind. We realized too late that the soil is really really poor heavy clay with no drainage and most of the bulbs have probably rotted. Today I dug a few holes about two feet deep in different areas on the mound and would you believe its pure top soil, really good quality. It appears that the builder just moved it all to one side and left it there.... lazy git!! I am absolutely delighted with my find. We are now going to get a digger in and have it spread all over the garden and replant new grass after we put in more drainage. I will have more than enough to fill my new raised veg beds and can put in more borders and flower beds. It's like winning the lotto.

Early Potatoes In

15 March 2010 23:39:25
Lined up and ready to go

Lined up and ready to go

Had a busy few days in the garden. Put in first early potatoes after digging more manure and fertilizer into soil. Got second bed dug and ready for main crop which will be put in tomorrow. Still pricking out loads of little seedlings and potting up. Deadheaded Hydrangea's. Did a lot of cleaning and tidying. Have the following veg growing in peat pots ready to plant out as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer, Cauliflower, Tundra Cabbage, Broccoli Purple Sprouting, Heart Shaped Cabbage. Can't remember the variety at the moment, Broccoli, Brussels'  Sprouts, Three different types of lettuce, Early Peas, Leeks. Also planted out Gladioli, Lupin, Astilbi Lilies and a number of other summer bulbs.  Weather really lovely so could spend all day outside if I could get away with it but housework beckons  : o(

Christmas Trees!

09 March 2010 20:41:23
Great Bargain

Great Bargain

Look what I got today for 5 euro. Ten little Christmas Trees... I know its the wrong time of the year to get excited about christmas trees but what a bargain. They were selling them at my local garage for one euro each but I asked the guy could I have ten for a fiver and he agreed. They were covered with fake snow which I hosed off. They will be great to give my summer bedding pots a bit of structure. Oh I love a bargain.

Non Garden Idea

06 March 2010 22:53:23
Non Garden Idea

Non Garden Idea

I know this is not garden related but isint it a great idea. Mind you it would be a great place to store all seeds, bulbs etc

New Raised Veg Beds

06 March 2010 20:44:42
New Beds

New Beds

We got up early this morning and what a lovely morning it was. Spent most of the day putting in four new raised veg beds around the greenhouse. We have seven in total now so the pressure is on to grow loads. Laid plastic between the raised beds and the greenhouse and we are going to fill this area with gravel and pebbles. We have a lot of pebbles that were taken off the flower beds. It was really hard work to move them wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow but at least they have come in useful. Next thing is to get beds filled with soil. There is also an area to put my cold frame into and a space left to put in a shed. Delighted with how it looks.

Carrot Dilemma

05 March 2010 22:59:25
Wonky Carrots

Wonky Carrots

 

Not sure what o do about my carrot planting. The soil in my raised beds is a bit stony and I put in lots of manure too so it's also a bit lumpy. Should I plant directly into it or should I plant them in containers.. It would be so much more practical t if I could sow them directly into raised beds but will they grow all wonky.

Cold Nights

05 March 2010 19:09:16
Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies

Its wonderfull to see the days getting longer and warmer but nights are still so cold. It was  -6 here last night and think tonight is going to be another cold one.

I'm so looking forward to planting out my calla lilies "Zantedeschia" next month. They are my favourite plant of all time. My Dad used to have a garden full of them and they will always remind me of him. I tried to buy one of these a few years ago and could not find them anywhere then a friend gave me a tiny cutting and within a couple of years it had grown to about 5ft with beautiful  flowers up to 3ft . When I moved house I just could'nt leave it behind so I dug it up last October, seperated it and potted it up. I now have about eight healthy plants waiting to move into their new home.  

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