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The dark days are with us now.


Its a very good time to do some research, write up your notes, and save them in a see-through file to refer to when spring comes with weeds, planting and work to think about.

Choose an aspect of plant life. Rock Plants are one not many people bother about, Herbaceous, Cordon Fruits, they are all different. Look for books on this subject at your local library. Spend an hour every day studying how it relates to your own garden.
Your soil type. Your amount of space, drainage etc.
Your 2016 Plan. Which plants/shrubs will do well in sunny conditions, which ones will need to be in shade or semi shade. Which can be grown from seed, where it can be sourced, what type of seed compost is best for it, how to keep seed at the right temperature when germinating etc. Save money with exact knowledge !

The garden centres are stocking up with compost now.
Bring a bag home every time you go to look at the Christmas presents. its best kept under a shelter or in a shed to stop the rain leaching the goodness out of it all winter. A lot can be done these dark days.

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I love looking at gardening books in the winter. I like to plan what I'm going to buy next spring.
I often buy compost, and yes, it is best to keep it under cover. Soggy compost smells horrible ... :(

10 Dec, 2015


you are making me feel so lazy

11 Dec, 2015


I have to push myself, its the hibernation feeling. Am researching the history of horses. Do an hour first thing every morning after breakfast. Write up 2 pages of notes, then print them up with large gaps for pictures to search for in horse magazines. Didnt realise there were so many types, or saddles, or even sitting on them !
The same method can be used for species of plants.
This idea we all have of buying plants that are attractive at garden centres, and 'I just shove 'em in' is not right.
All plants need the right compost to grow in, the right sun, part shade, or full shade to grow in.
I am interested in Cordon Fruit Trees as they dont take up much space. Next job.

11 Dec, 2015


I am still tidying the garden......wind and rain can make it untidy. Then there is my garden notebook to look at. I can log into GOY. I am putting up the Christmas tree. And I am making Christmas flower arrangements for myself and friends. Next job. :0)

11 Dec, 2015


I still keep finding plants I haven't got room to grow or can't get hold of (unless anyone's got a spare kalmia latifolia 'Pristine' looking for a home)

11 Dec, 2015


Ask for your WANTS on Goy pages !

12 Dec, 2015

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