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  1. JW Blooms
    March 14, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Digging? So last year! Just whack the mulch on top and let the worms do it for you. x

    • Ben
      March 14, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

      thats exactly what I shall do next year…however the ground under the turf has been well compacted so I’m giving it some air. I have made the beds narrow enough that I shant have to walk on them…so from here on in they should be great. x

  2. Mo
    March 14, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Your ladybrids are stunning – pics like that need to be big, and big pics of the plot allow us to be nosey about what’s in the background :)
    I found ladybird clusters on holly leaves this weekend.
    We have an old bath next to the greenhouse you’re welcome to use ;)

    • Ben
      March 14, 2011 @ 11:00 am

      Thx for your kind offer of the bath…your generosity is overwhelming!

  3. Joe Bloggs
    March 13, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    Found your ‘poisonous plants’ articles while searching for something to kill my neighbour’s horrible, yelping, howling little dog. You made me laugh so much it’ll live – one more day while I do more research.


    • Ben
      March 14, 2011 @ 8:16 am

      Ha!!! Brilliant…glad you liked it Joe…however I would feel forever guilty if you used any information I’d given you to assist in your doggie hit man activities. (five foxglove leaves would do a terrier…shhh)

  4. Martine
    March 13, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    You are doing well with those beds Ben. I love the big pictures…..but then I am nosy and I like to see all the detail!

    • Ben
      March 13, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

      Thx Martine…I shall be keepin em big stylie!

  5. Jan
    March 13, 2011 @ 12:42 am

    Forgot to mention that my RHS seed order came today, includes corncockle and bupleurum, so will try to find time to sow some this week. Seeds are in little waxed paper envelopes and a booklet gives planting details in alphabetical order. Also have some verbena bonariensis and antirrhiniums from Amateur Gardening Magazine-its an excellent source of free seeds all spring and summer as well as lots of gardening tips-I really look forward to getting it every Saturday- must go and finish reading it now!

    • Ben
      March 13, 2011 @ 6:10 am

      are you sowing out already? I was going to hold back till April…suppose you are a little warmer in Sommerdorswall?
      I had forgotten about the free gardening seeds! I shall buy a copy today…add them to my 64 packets which are looking at me… ;)

  6. Jan
    March 13, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    Good pix ! And good progress too-that soil looks like good stuff. I’ve ground to a halt with my new flower bed as we can’t get a stubborn Viburnum tinus out of one corner. Hubby who does some of the heavy stuff has got “golfers elbow”! Just as he’d recovered from “housemaid’s knee” too. Thinking of borrowing a pickaxe and maybe a rope to pull it out- could be linament all round tomorrow.

  7. Karen - An artist's Garden
    March 12, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    I like the pictures, lovely and clear – and the size is fine for me.
    Love the ladybirds

    • Ben
      March 13, 2011 @ 6:07 am

      Thanks Karren…I think I’ll keep them big…I’m finding it really hard to write after a full on days labor…its not a lack of inspiration…it just the words seem to come out all ‘flat’! So the pics will bolster my shortfallings…