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What have you learnt this year in the garden?



  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I learned that most things will catch up even if ive done nowt by may!

    Mrs G, ive learned that lesson too- but with a slug.... eeeew image
  •  I learned to sit back relax an look at what iv achieved a little bit of hard work is good for you an now am reaping the rewards . Had my first strawberry's on Saturday cant wait for the rest to follow image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I've just learned that I need to invest in fruit protection or move my strawberries.....not had a single strawberry yet as they have all been eaten and something has also taken a liking to my red currants image Net going on later.......Mr Blackbird flew out last night when I went on the veg patch!!

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    How to grow peas up nets supported by some wooden posts

    Nipping out the flowering tops of beans to stop balck fly

    Not to go over the top and manure ALL my beds as I now cant grow some veg....need to wait for some months

    I dont know enough about watering plants....water some way away from them to make them search for the water

    How to build a Bee Hotel which has attracted solitary bees

    How to grow beetroot

    Good manure is a must

    Most of all.............that Allotmenteers are the Best Type of Citizens !!!

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • Wow a bee hotel that's some thing have not got have to look in to that .????
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    the one at home has 30 tubes and about 20 holes drilled in a block of wood

    10 of the bamboo tubes are sealed up with soil so I know that there will be new bees emerging at some point

    Its my aim on my allotment to build one person a hotel if they promise to build one for someone else and so start achain reaction until we have 50 hotels

    Beeee Happy !!

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    OL - I've seen some really easy looking net frames made with a hula-hoop cut in half and sunk into the ground so the bushes weren't getting tangled in the netting. Just thought I'd share that while I remembered.

    I've learnt that having a bad back & fatigue issues is really not ideal when it comes to laying out a garden for a major redesign when your partner isn't interested enough to really help. What should have taken me an afternoon is taking me two weeks as I just can't move the huge amount of soil we need shifting from one side to the other. Next year I need to be more organised and plan things to factor in this extra delay.

    I've learnt that its really important not just to write things down but to REMEMBER WHERE YOU WROTE THEM! I've had to rely on my Instragram account to work out planting / germination dates far too often! I did start my blog but when I was unwell I just didn't have the energy to update it and so now I'm all lost as to when things got planted.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Thanks Clari, I have made one similar for my brassicas, posted a pic on Forkers last night.  I think I may need to do the same for my fruit, I didn't realise my red-currants had been attacked until this morning image

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,485

    The year is yet young but so far I have learnt:

    To allow perennials to grow a few years before judging them

    To stake things and pref before they need staking

    To not assume everything I don't recognise is an interesting weed

    To be ruthless and chop things down even if they have impressed me with their will to grow

    To have back-up plants in case of ruin

    Over winter I made a list of all the plants I had a record of buying and where I thought they were in the garden. Now I need to keep that updated and start removing the ?'s before I forget again for next year...

    Wearside, England.
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Clarington; you can also use plumbers thin plastic pipe as a support for netting - very cheapimage

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