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Monday, 11 February 2019

A great start to the week

From a gardening point of view, this week has got off to a flying start.  Monday was lovely - bright, dry, no wind, relatively mild.  I took advantage of 25 buckets of bark chip in position and ready to use, and had them all spread before it was time for mid-morning coffee.

Trouble is, as an uber-thick-mulch, 25 buckets don't spread very far.  The first round only covered the thin bed at the side of the Coppice.



Management filled buckets and helped me move them into the Coppice.  But there's still a lot to do: tidy up winter debris, the occasional weed, work out where little plants are which need a bit of protection until they are bigger (that is what the bottomless flowerpots are doing), and it was quite slow going working along the deep main bed.





Hard to photograph but by the time I stopped (4.00pm) the big bed was done, and we had lots of buckets in place for the next session.  I found a pile of medium ones hidden at the back of the shed, so we're now up to 44.





In total I emptied 75 buckets today, and walked considerably more than the recommended 10,000 steps!   Daisy wandered out occasionally to see what I was doing, but thought snoozing on her memory foam bed, with her head in the sun, was a far more sensible option.



Hostas:  a couple of the really big plants are already showing new buds.  Last year's anti slug measure of egg shells and garlic drench seemed to work, so I am trying that again, but bigger.  Plastic lawn edging as a barrier, held in place with sticks of wood.  I know there are at least three small hosta buried under bark chip which I will protect once they come through and hopefully get to them before the snails do  . . . kicking self upside the back of head, why didn't I make the time last autumn to mark all the plants, I certainly meant to, grrr.















6 comments:

  1. The weather certainly has improved since the storm at the weekend, it's lovely, much milder, dry and sunny. Emptying 75 bucketfuls is a lot of hard work, you must be very tired but satisfied you got so much done.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I am probably jinxing us but yes, the weather does seem to be slowly heading for Spring - and not before time. It feels like this winter has already gone on for at least 6 months.

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  2. This is all your land? You certainly have a big "spread" to work on/with.

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    1. Hi Wisp, err, that's only a little bit of the garden. If you look at the "finding your way around Bag End" tab at the top there is a nice aerial picture of it all.

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  3. Another huge day & well worth the effort & hopefully your snail deterrent plan works well & we see lots of flowers in photos. Snails don't seem to worry our hellebores, but maybe Ozzie snails don't fancy them & only chomp on my veg.(lol) Look forward to seeing the fruits of your labours in summer. Take care & don't overdo it........

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    1. Cheers Susan. Lots of big days recently, and you know how much I like that :-) Snails generally leave our hellebore alone, but these small ones have been protected so I don't accidentally stand on them!

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