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What have you learnt this year in the garden?



  • Outdoor girlOutdoor girl Posts: 286

    Not to grow potatoes in bags ever again

    Stake tall plants

    Allow plants to seed and not weed out seedlings!

    Copper rings / coins seem to keep slugs at bay That I really dislike our wild 'lawn' - supposedly a wild flower meadow. Didn't quite work.

    That I would be even more clueless without this forum!



  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    I have learned this year that if I want to grow shrubs I need to prune them every year to some extent and not wait until they are far too big for their space. I am now reaping the fact that I have not pruned any of my shrubs for the previous 5 years! I know it is the wrong time to prune them but I cannot live with the disarray any longer!  The only two things escaping the chop this month is my hardy fuschia and a multi stemmed rowan tree.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • ninnin Posts: 216

    I have read this post and been reminded of what I often think when on here and thats what a lovely lot you all are and however much the garden gets me down when it goes wrong it lifts me up by thrice as much or I just look on here for the little hope that gets me going again.

    Patience will never learn that fiddling is to tempting I agree. keep trying even when you fail over and over yes thats another one of mine.

    And a couple more learns this week for me always look in other peoples skips.

    I asked a builder who was filling a skip at the local pub if he was really skipping the half oak barrels he was throwing in and he said do you want them. Yes I said, knowing the pub only got them last summer from the brewery.

    I borrowed a trolly from Marks and wheeled them home all three for free. Another learn Marks Trollys are unstable with two Oak Barrels in: trolley tipped and i chased a rolling barrell down the road; reloaded and off I went.

    Planted up and oh they look lovely, will paint the metal bands and put preservative on the wood come the end of the summer to keep in tip top condition. Wanted a barrel for ages but so expensive now I have three,

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    nin, isn't frustrating when a borrowed trolly is pants?

    Outdoor girl, what problems have you been having with spuds in bags?

  • Outdoor girlOutdoor girl Posts: 286

    Hefting soil / compost and trying to keep them upright! And watering - they are beyond the reach of my hose so have to use watering cans. Then when it comes to harvesting, I need help to lift them onto a wheelbarrow. It's such a faff. I have decided to extend my veg patch to include a few rows of potatoes and will try the conventional way. That means making my rabbit fence bigger. Or I might not bother but I do love my own potatoes...

  • pootlerpootler Posts: 95

    As a beginner gardener my lesson has been "just chuck the seeds in the bed and be done with the faffing". This winter I lovingly attempted to nurture verbena bonaris seeds.  I managed to plant out 8 of the seedlings which keep being nibbled.  They haven't really taken off.

    I had some seeds left over so about a month ago I thought what the hey, I'll just scatter then in the bed next to the seedlings.  These produced many more plantlets that look stronger than mine and are catching up!


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  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    ah yes outdoor girl, must stake next year, also, sowing direct has not worked for me at all, every seed/ling disappeared

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Chrissie B, I confess to going out some nights about 10.00pm with a bucket with 3 inches of very salty water, wearing rubber gloves, I pick up every snail and slug and CAST THEM onto the bucket where they DIE. image I'm not normally a violent person, honestly.

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