By Failing To Prepare, You Are Preparing To Fail.

05 Sep

Is it just me, or does everybody get a bit over excited when planning a border or planter in their garden?  Especially when wondering around our top choice nursery and seeing all the pretty plants in all their marvellous shapes, sizes and colours.  I get way too adventurous, overthink all my options and want to buy everything, regardless of the price.  This is where I run amok.  I want to buy every plant I can, mush them all into a border and I think it’ll look fabulous regardless. 

 

It’s okay to admit if you do the same thing.  We all do.  It’s part of the learning process of being a gardener.

 

Planning is important … Especially thinking ahead.

 

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Revenge of the Caterpillar.

08 May

To those who have been keeping up to date with our posts, firstly, thanks. Secondly, you probably read a post about a battle HSM had with a caterpillar. 

 

Box Tree Caterpillar, to be exact.

 

Well…It’s back. So it’s time to refresh our memories and give this a little once over again. 

 

Battle Of the Box. Letters to home style.

For the ‘Too Long, Didn’t Read’ people out there, skip right to the very bottom paragraph for a quick version of how to deal with Box Tree Caterpillar. 

 

Hopefully we caught it early enough this year that it doesn’t decimate our lovely Buxus this year! 

 

Happy Spraying! 

Protect yo’ self, before you wreck yo’ self.

22 Mar

Noise, vibrations, debris flying around at insane speeds, very sharp slicey things, itchy burny irritant stuff. There’s a lot of things gardeners need to be weary of, so rather nicely people made and invented stuff to keep our hands and faces protected from the dangerous things.

 

PPE has a whole set of legislation around it, that’s how seriously it’s taken. I’m gonna go over the basics for gardening in general, things you’d need for almost every job , every day. So here’s a longer guide from the big brains at the Government if you to have a nosey, http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm. When you’re out in the field you can understand why it’s needed. I’ve been strimming and had stones flung into my shin, I don’t want to imagine what that would be like if that stone was on a collision course with my face.

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Time for a winter trim up.

12 Mar

The seasons be a changing, spring is on the horizon, therefore a fresh year of luscious growth and beautiful new flowers is approaching us.

 

With this winter nearly over and temperatures rising, it makes it the prefect time to prune back some of the winter interest that we left up to give our gardens a little bit of wow factor as after Autumn passing. Plants like Hydrangeas, Dogwoods, Fuchias, Hellebores all show up really well after a little bit of secateur work (if you haven’t done already).

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Super Supports.

08 Mar

I’m just going to be honest, those right angled, green plastic hooky things I don’t like at all. They aren’t that tall, you have to store them somehow over winter when they aren’t in use. I’ll give them the factor of longevity, they for sure have that going for them, that’s the only positive thing I can really say about them though to be honest. I find a lot of single ones just laying in a bed under a thin cover of soil a lot, looking like they’ve fallen over and been forgotten about.

 

However, they do serve a purpose; a purpose that this post is all about: Plant Supports. Very handy things in the garden that a number of herbaceous plants can’t really live without. I’ve put supports in for Echinops, Dahlias, Aconitum, Roses, Delphiniums, Rudbeckia Goldsturm. Not all of those necessarily neeeeeed support, they could just use a little helping hand sometimes if the weather gets the better of them.

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The Fate of Humanity.

14 Feb

Automated cars, smart hoovers, self-driving trains and even now a shop where you scan your phone in order to enter and where there aren’t any tills. The world is becoming automated at a rather fast pace.

 

Now the robots have a new target: Weeds!

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rorymackean/tertill-the-solar-powered-weeding-robot-for-home-g/posts/2089533

 

Not going to lie; this lil‘ guy looks very useful as a hacker and slasher of weeds. I’ll admit, It’s not my favourite task in the world and sometimes it seems like it can take forever with trying to pull each and every one out by the roots; especially if they have a tap root (looking at you here:.. Dandelions and Bracken; evil things), which is a pain in the butt. So I can see how Turtill can have its uses.

 

However, if you’re interest has been piqued by this, let me just remind you, we human gardeners can still remove Ivy from walls and trees. Turtill can’t! 1-0 Humans!!

 

 

 

Post by Stu. 

Compose some compost.

09 Nov

A topic that should, could, would, will, be on the top of every budding gardeners to do list.

 

Build it, fill it, turn it, empty it, spread it, burry it, plant in it. All that stuff.

 

Compost in the garden serves many, many useful purposes.  A natural weed barrier and a feed in one. All made from the comfort of your own home! Seriously useful stuff, right?!

 

So let us run through the stages/processes/fundamentals (Hence known as S.P.F) of having compost. Sound fun? Good! Get your note pad out and start taking notes. And no sleeping in class again, David!

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Owning a Plant – The Reply.

12 Oct

Okay, time for a little back story. *flash back sound*

 

So my lovely friend Viki has her own blog, The Positive Pensive. I was having a nose through it one day and I came across a post about owning a plant (Give this a read, it’ll help my own post make sense) and the 5 stages you go through … “as my little guy starts to depart from this world.” Now that sentence alone makes me upset. I’m straight in at stage 4. Alarm bells were ringing that poor plants were dying, and their poor owners were fighting a losing battle trying to keep them alive.

 

Then I had an idea. As a gardener, I know all the tricks in the book for keeping plants alive. So here’s my advice and help for those struggling to keep those indoor flowers alive.

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Battle Of the Box. Letters to home style.

07 Sep

21st July.

Somethings happening, Ma. We got word from the Sarge that something big is coming, something bad. No natural predators, toxic. We spotted a squadron of Moths buzzing around earlier, we didn’t see where they landed though. We don’t know when they’ll attack, but we gotta be on the lookout. Box Tree Caterpillar. Eating leaves and webbing. They’re the obvious signs we gotta keep a lookout for.

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