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MargeSimpson
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:42 am    Post subject: I'm back....... Reply with quote

Hello all

After a long time away I have finally got my act together and I'm back gardening again. Gawd! I've missed it.
The garden became very difficult to maintain and all it took was one summer working away from home and it fell into ruin. Sad

Anyway....when it was a new garden 6 years ago, I managed to find everything a builder could throw away buried in it - coke bottles, breeze blocks... you name it and I'm sure there are plenty of people here who can relate to that!! The garden sunk over the years and there was no amount of compost bags that I added could raise the level. It became a quagmire and nettles took over my veggie patch Embarassed
So late last year (after my husband was made redundant) we decided to make an effort and reinstate a workable and manageable garden.

And last night I sowed my first seeds, planted spuds and this weekend the the peas/beans/cauliflowers go out and my annuals get potted on. Delighted I am!

Anyway, I am including a pic of my veggie patch and I'll post pics of my raised flower bed as I plant it up over the summer.

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Sive
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Location: Co.Wexford

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back ! I'm sorry to hear about your husband's redundancy, but the garden will help you both....as only gardens can !
As for the nettles.....aren't they supposed to be a good sign of fertile ground ?
Good luck with the new gardening year.....and everything else too.
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michael brenock
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nettles are a great sign of fertility in the soil, the other weeds after growing and withering away will have added to the humus content of the soil. This gives you a great soil to start off with but don't dig too deeply, not more than 20 inches (25 cms) and put all the dug out weeds in the compost heap. Best of luck.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)

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Her Outdoors
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Marge Simpson. It's great to see you returning. It doesn't take long for the garden to get out of hand when you can't keep on top of it. But it looks like you are starting on the right foot to get it all going again, and we have the added advantage of Michael Brenock on tap. As Sive said, it will be super therapy for you both. Good luck with it!
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