Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category
Time is moving a pace and signs of Spring are eveywhere. Our winter visitors have departed and the regular summer residents are becoming more noticable.
The Great East West Divide
Strolling round the village this week I’ve been struck by the apparent differences in plants. Whilst the West End excells as the centre of culture and entertainment ( cinema, theatre, indoor sports arena and gymnasium, live music venues, disco, social club to name just a few) it is a veritable barren wasteland compared to the East End when it comes to the flora. Take a look at these samples from the East End and compare those found here in the grounds of Haughty Towers.
The contrast in the Ornamental Currant (Ribes) is quite striking with our specimen looking several weeks behind.
It shows how position, even in a small area like Parwich can make a huge sifference to how a garden performs.
For Plant of the Month, Project, Any Answers and Garden Jobs (more…)
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?
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Can anyone advise me as to what varieties of broad beans are best for growing in our part of the world? I have tried a number with varying success and would be interested to see what other people have found.
I am also thinking ahead and wondering if any one can advise me on the best type of tomato plants to grow from seed….?
Last year I tried several indoor and outdoor varieties, all grown from seed. I was a bit late getting them started, but even taking this into account the results were pretty disappointing. Even those that produced decent fruits didn’t have that great a flavour.
I have concluded (having tried previously) that I can not grow outdoor tomatoes here at Pond Cottage (I am convinced our garden is a couple of degrees colder than the rest of Parwich!). So, this year I will be keeping them all in the greenhouse. I am more interested in flavour than yield – can anyone suggest anything, or give me some tips?