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Sue
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Posted -  31/03/2007  :  17:34

I have just spent the last 3 full days digging out a formal herb garden,  laid out in a French style symmetry.( hence the bad wrist). Now I need to plant things quickly before all those weeds come back

 I already have rosemary, thyme, chives, mint, lemon balm, marjoram, and lavender(multiple plants of each). Has any one any ideas about othe perenial herbs that can with stand  long periods with very little attention. The soil is well drained and very fertile. I have 8 symmetrical patches in all. Two are already filled. This year I am putting potatoes in another two of them , but I need some ideas for a long term permanent herb plot. I did think I would do one patch with annuals and biennials like parsley and basil.

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Sue
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Posted - 28/07/2010 : 09:42
Blinking'eck Stanley!!!

Are you scaring them into growing, actually two of mine sprouted really quickly but I wasn't here to nurture them at the crucial stages. I haven't COMPLETELY given up hope on the one surviving sick looking potted version


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Stanley
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Posted - 28/07/2010 : 17:05
I talk to them....


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Sue
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Posted - 31/07/2010 : 09:44
Shout I think... I talk to my plants , it gives them an extra burst of carbon dioxide apparently!!


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Stanley
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Posted - 31/07/2010 : 15:42
Have just shouted at them, they are very slow.....


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Sue
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Posted - 01/08/2010 : 20:02
Keep shouting but they do have a few weeks before I can collect them

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Stanley
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Posted - 23/03/2011 : 07:17
I went out yesterday and cut the Ladslove back to small bush shape. Then I cleared all the old stalks off and burned them. A packet of Blood, Fishmeal and Bone today for slow release nutrition and that's the gardening sorted for this year apsrt from some light spot weeding.


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Sue
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Posted - 23/03/2011 : 09:19
Most of my plants are buried at the moment. I tidied the garden up about 3 weeks ago. Then we had a new patio laid where the bog garden used to be.The soil that was dug out was spread about 4 inches deep over the rest of the garden . The plants have not yet managed to get through those extra few inches. I am patiently waiting now to see which of the many clumps of plants we took out contain the hostas and the arum lilies, so I can replant in a decorative manner around the new patio. I found one shooting plant yesterday and transplanted that one


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Sue
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Posted - 07/04/2011 : 09:46
Yesterday I cut the first of my Asparagus spears, here in France. You may remember I grew them from seed in Rochdale and planted a bed over here 2 years ago. Apparently I can cut them lightly this year, next year being the start of the real cropping. When we arrived we had a forest of  spindly shoots which I cut back and made an asparagus sauce. The next day there were some fat shoots and it looks like there could be some more tomorrow.

The wisteria is in full flower and looks superb. Yesterday was like a summer day and today the same. The temperature was still 16C when we went to bed.

We are doing our gardening this morning as the afternoon is too hot to garden. I spent yesterday afternoon , in short bursts, weeding out the sprouting potatoes from last years crop. These were sprouting beautifully amongst the onions I planted in February.

 Anyway must put some voile curtains on to wash and get out there!


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Posted - 07/04/2011 : 11:25
It sounds wonderful Sue, but hard work. Its still a bit cold here, but my onions are just beginning to sprout, and an early broad bean sowing is just starting to show .
Our new polytunnel is almost ready, we just need a wind free day to get the polythene on, then it's all systems go. I have been starting tomatoes, peppers & chilli peppers off in a propagator and they are ready to prick out into pots. I need to plant courgette & sweetcorn seeds today.
I've already lost some salady seedlings to slugs & snails that arrive from nowhere in my little greenhouse.
The Aldi fruit trees have all survived being planted in pots, and are breaking into leaf.


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Sue
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Posted - 07/04/2011 : 18:56
Today i planted beans, corn and butternut squash that i had germinated at home. I hope it isn't too hot for them to survive, they were only little seedlings. I hope the saturday morning market will have other plants that I want as it is difficult to grow from seed here. We can't uise a poly tunnel and the like as we are not here to take it off. The mice eat all the beans we plant, so this year I am taking a local friends advice and that is to buy young p;lants, they are normally very cheap here


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Posted - 08/04/2011 : 05:31
I had a look at the wasteland in the front garden and the mint and other herbs are sprouting well. The chives never seem to give up! Perhaps I should think about splitting the clumps this year.


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Posted - 08/04/2011 : 17:39
Its about the hopttest i have known it here in Brittany, the south facing/garden facing part of the house has reached 40 C, same as yesterday. Gardening was confined to 10.00a.m -11.00 and after 5.30pm. I have just finished planting out all the plants we brought and they are all well watered. Thankgoodness for a water butt which ios now nearly empty

 Roast chicken for tea, evetually. I accidently put the grill on and not the oven and discovered it after an hour!


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Posted - 09/04/2011 : 07:06
I looked last night and the Peppermint has grown over an inch! Honest, no exaggeration.


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Posted - 09/04/2011 : 07:15


A pic seemed a good idea....


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Posted - 09/04/2011 : 18:24
Good Stanley, I'll see whatI can manage to photo over here


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