Spring is fast approaching and our winter visitors are departing, it’s time to start thinking gardens!
After reading Emma’s recent post about the best broad bean and tomatoes seeds to grow in Parwich I got to thinking how much gardening knowledge there is in the village and how little I know! Though I’ve successfully grown both for the last two years I was embarrassed to post a comment as the beans came as small plants labelled “Broad Beans” from Homebase and the tomatoes nicely planted up in large hanging baskets having been grown on in the big greenhouses at Wyaston Nurseries. My gardening experience seems to revolve around rotting rose blossoms, mildewy bears britches, brown spotted broad beans, non-appearing carrots and hosting slug and snail parties.
So now you know my level of gardening knowledge you will understand why I thought it would be a good idea to start a regular gardening post on the blog where we could share the pool of local knowledge with us newcomers/novice gardeners. After all what grows happily in Berkshire won’t necessarily survive in Parwich. There always seems to be people with too many seeds/plants/crops so this could be a useful sharing and swopping point. So welcome to the place where you can ask the gardening questions you were always afraid to ask!
Plant of the Month
The first regular feature is my garden plant of the month (always assuming any plants survive! ). This month it is the Galanthus – the Snowdrop. Our garden seems to be crowded with them at the moment – not planted by me I should add.
I’ve read they should be lifted and divided every 3-4 years, after flowering. We’ve been here for 3 years so I guess that’s a job for me sometime soon?
For Project of the month, Any Answers and Jobs for the garden…
Project of the Month
For my last birthday the kids bought me a small glass cloche so trying it out will be my first project of the year.
I was kindly given some farmyard manure a few months ago which I have had sitting on a raised bed for a while. I’ve now raked this over and placed my new pride and joy over it to start warming the soil. I thought I’d try a few broad beans under it ( if anyone has any spare? Cough, cough) as my contribution to furthering the broad bean village knowledge.
Stay tuned to keep track of the progress!
~ My climbing rose is covered in buds, some trying to open. What’s going on? What should I do?
~ One area of lawn is saturated. It’s like walking on a squelchy sponge. I’ve seen drier, harder ground on the Kinder Scout peat bogs. Help!
~ We grew a Magnolia last year for the first time. There were lots of buds but only one left when it came to flowering. This years there’s lots of buds again but already a few bare stalk ends are appearing. Who’s eating the buds?
Jobs around the Garden
According to our smart 2017 gardening calendar these are some of the jobs I should be carrying out in the garden at the moment…..
Pruning apples and pears
Pruning roses,honeysuckles and late flowering clematis
Preparing beds, mulching etc.
Sowing broad beans (yay!)
Sowing tomatoes and peppers in propagators
Cleaning patios, tools, watering cans and containers
Any handy tips of other things we should be doing now?
Before anyone asks the title of the post comes from my favourite gardening joke though I fear it’s a little too rude to publish here 🙂
Until the next time….