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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:09 pm

I'm about to rake the moss out of the lawns box
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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:24 pm

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:14 pm

That was much harder work than it sounds. I've had to leave the biggest lawn for next week.
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Post by stedorlordendel on Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:09 am

Last yr, we went on two outings, to fancy gardens. Over here, they call it a tour. Neutral
The first was to Altamont :

https://www.dochara.com/places-to-visit/parks-gardens/altamont-house-gardens/

I can't think of the name of the second place right now, but was in Blessington.
Anywway, we're going again in a few wks, probably back to Altamont. alien
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:11 am

What lovely green gardens flower
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Post by Butterfield on Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:23 pm

Fangirl Three wrote:I'm about to rake the moss out of the lawns box

I did that this weekend too! It's like we're living parallel garden lives. happy

When I say I "did" it, I only raked about quarter of one of the two lawns as it's so strenuous. I had also mowed that one lawn (for the first time this season) to make the raking a bit easier.
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Post by Fangirl Three on Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:52 am

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Fangirl Three wrote:I'm about to rake the moss out of the lawns box

I did that this weekend too! It's like we're living parallel garden lives. happy

I did it because I remembered last February, where you were like 'I've raked out the moss' and I was like 'But doesn't that spread the spores?' and you were like 'No, not if you do it at this time of year.' yes
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Post by Butterfield on Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:11 pm

Ohh yeah. I was wondering when it was I did it last year, and whilst I was doing it I remembered about the whole spores time of year thing, hoping I was early enough.

I couldn't exactly remember my own advice which I in turn had read about just days before I did it last year. red face
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:25 pm

I've given the lawnmower its annual overhaul, mowed all 4 lawns for the first time this year, and dug over the potato bed ready for planting.
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Post by Butterfield on Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:27 pm

I mowed for the second time this year yesterday. smug
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:53 pm

I planted the potatoes today. 15 Cara seed potatoes and 4 random potatoes that I uncovered in the bed*, 2nd generation¶ ones from last year, and which had begun sprouting.

I also uncovered an unsprouted 2nd generation potato which I made into delicious microwave crisps.

* the potato bed, not my bed

¶ By 2nd generation I mean potatoes that grew from the seed potatoes I planted last year, rather than those old seed potatoes themselves. You mustn't eat seed potatoes because they may have been treated with fungicide no no
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:53 am

I've been saved from having to mow the lawn by the appearance of rain.

# I bless the rains down in Anglia...
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Post by Nightjar on Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:34 am

Harvesting spudulicas is a most satisfying thing.

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:36 am

Nightjar wrote:Harvesting spudulicas is a most satisfying thing.

Indeed it is, like digging for treasure.

Though that won't be happening for another 5 or 6 months.
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Post by Butterfield on Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:31 pm

Fangirl Three wrote:I've been saved from having to mow the lawn by the appearance of rain.

# I bless the rains down in Anglia...

Do you mean "saved" because you don't like mowing? If so, I've gone from hating mowing to relatively enjoying it since I bought a battery powered mower. No dangerous, tangling wires, no petrol spilling everywhere, just a battery (plus a spare one) which charges in about half an hour and lasts for two decent-sized lawns. The mower is also more powerful than you'd expect, light to carry, collects the grass clippings very well and leaves stripes on the lawn. aristojar
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:19 pm

I quite like mowing, it's just one of those things I hate the thought of doing before I do them.
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Post by Fangirl Three on Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:37 pm

I have just now mowed and weeded all 4 lawns. Gosh that was hard work.
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun May 05, 2019 6:56 pm

I worked very hard for 2 hours in the garden today. I mowed all the lawns, and savagely cut back the verbena which has become much too dominant. I was amazed how thick the main trunk was, I had to use the pruning knife and then swap it for the bow saw, which is a really serious saw that I bought when I was cutting up that fallen apple tree a while back.

I thought I'd been clever in allowing 45 minutes' pruning, and 45 minutes for shredding the bits, but I spent 65 minutes shredding and had to stop. I estimate there's at least 30 minutes' more shredding to do tomorrow.
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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Sun May 05, 2019 7:00 pm

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun May 19, 2019 1:29 pm

I got all dressed up to mow the lawns and then realised it had started raining. So instead I did some pleasantly melancholy hoeing in the gentle rain.
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