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Old 07.08.2011, 18:26
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Make sure you buy acid soil for potting hydrangeas and rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias. Then you can buy a special liquid or granules for fertiliser and to keep acidity. I am really not sure about using vinegar- would love to know.

BTW if anybody is starting up a new garden in Romandie, I'd be very happy to advise and to give clumps of the many, many perennials I have here- most came with us from our garden in the Midlands and have adapted so well (we are at 950m and our UK garden was at 200m, so it is a bit of a miracle).
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Old 07.08.2011, 18:28
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I think you would need to change the soil underneath the Hydrangea which I have never done so am not sure.. going by one Swiss gardener in Hauenstein, I use to talk to a lot, he said that the soil type ph level would need to be quite deep/thick, useful if you are moving a shrub then you change the soil type to last a wee while I guess.. better to control in pots as you can then plant them directly in the correct PH level soil.

Lemon juice/vinegar wont work i am guessing as it will just get washed away with rain or just might not get absorbed.. good for annoying the slugs though
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Old 07.08.2011, 18:39
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BTW if anybody is starting up a new garden in Romandie, I'd be very happy to advise and to give clumps of the many, many perennials I have here- most came with us from our garden in the Midlands and have adapted so well (we are at 950m and our UK garden was at 200m, so it is a bit of a miracle).
You know, you are not allowed to bring in plants/perennials from other countries, or the Midlands even , or so I have been told..

(says she whose Dad has brought a climbing rose, a wild perennial sweet pea from Ireland amongst some other delights, told him he shouldn't but..)
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Old 07.08.2011, 18:46
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Gardening is also a good way to keep fit. I ma slowly taming the jungle at our old farm/vicarage up in the mountains. Lots of perenials which came from our East Leics garden and seem to have adapted well. And also my first attempt at a raised veg plot (well 4). It's been hard work so far - but this has been a fabulous year- now just need to move a few things around. Love it.
hmm. your post just inspired me to do a bit of gardening. i now have quite a large garden, but in truth it is more of a jungle. did a massive session when i first bought the house and the cuttings from that session will probably take about 2 more months to be cleared at the rate the 'grunabfall' service works...

still, i really enjoy working out in the open and as you say, it is surprisingly good exercise!
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Old 07.08.2011, 18:50
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We live on the top floor with a big terrace so we have lots of containers. Mostly I grow herbs and flowers. I do have a mini peach tree this year, the foliage is beautiful - sort of red. I'm also growing some tomatoes, trying peppers again, and some fennel. Lots of lavender and herbs though.
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You know, you are not allowed to bring in plants/perennials from other countries, or the Midlands even , or so I have been told..

(says she whose Dad has brought a climbing rose, a wild perennial sweet pea from Ireland amongst some other delights, told him he shouldn't but..)
We checked with the authorities, and brought 5 trailor loads of plants- perfectly legal from EU countries. There are a few plants on the forbidden list, including buddleia, cotoneaster and a few more. All mine are totally legit.
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Old 07.08.2011, 19:00
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Mine are too, relief to find the same varieties are sold here but not being 100% clear re the rules, wasn't sure at the time.
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Old 07.08.2011, 19:13
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From the UK?

Now here is an idea - how about a perennial plant swap early next May? We have plenty of space to host this here in the Jura? People could pot up spare bits with a label with name and description. Each gardener could have a table (plenty here in our ex parish room at the back) - and each swap would be, say 4CHF - and the money going to a friend's charity - providing facilities, books and equipment for a school in Africa.

A great way to increase stocks at low cost and help others?
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I am a very keen Gardener but I am leaving Switzerland and my beautiful garden. I have few garden items to give away for free and some for a small fee. I did provide a link but it got deleted by the moderaters. I would rather the items especially the treatments / plants go to a keen Gardener rather than put them in the garden waste / Okihof. They include:

Hozelock sprinklers
hanging baskets
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lawn sand
Holzwool for Strawberries
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3 x Large planters full of Marigold and Begonias!

Sometimes you are not looking for items but you many be interested if most are free.
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Leaving a loved garden can be so hard. It took me 30 years to get my garden perfect (in my eyes and that of all the wildlife around) and it broke my heart to leave it, especially as we sold to somebody who was NOT interested in gardens! I gave away all I could, and took 100s of plants here with me. I would love to have some of your things and some of the toys for when grand-children visit- but sadly you are too far away. Bonne chance x
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Re: Any gardeners out there?

I garden.This is my first vegtable garden. I received my plot when we moved in June. I had a great time fighting the growing season (weeds), but I got a nice crop of carrots, tomatoes, and lettuce. Late summer radishes, turnips, and chard. My neighbors help me a lot. I will turn my soil next hope all the weeds freeze and begin again next spring. Looking forward to it, maybe it will ease the late winter blues a bit.
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I grew up in the framework of a family with a garden (Schrebergarten) some half a kilometer away from home. I never was much interested but after 1992 not only supported Mum with her balcony but also had some flowers on mine. But as my flat after 2002 had no balcony, I did practically nothing in that field. But since taking over my present flat in 2009, I started to have plants in five different containers on my balcony. In the first years with not much success, in 2010 with a far better performance and this year it was fairly nice. You have to learn from experience.
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Re: Any gardeners out there?

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Make sure you buy acid soil for potting hydrangeas and rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias. Then you can buy a special liquid or granules for fertiliser and to keep acidity. I am really not sure about using vinegar- would love to know.

BTW if anybody is starting up a new garden in Romandie, I'd be very happy to advise and to give clumps of the many, many perennials I have here- most came with us from our garden in the Midlands and have adapted so well (we are at 950m and our UK garden was at 200m, so it is a bit of a miracle).
I love gardening but frustratingly just when my garden starts looking good we have to move. I had been wondering whether I could bring some with me so this is really good to know, thank you.

Re tomatoes for the first time I had success with my greenhouse ones this year. I think it was because I was less zealous with the watering. When it is raining all the time it is easy to forget that it is not raining in the greenhouse. Obviously did mine a favour.
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Re: Any gardeners out there?

Is anyone one here growing "Nüsslisalat" this winter?

It`s my first time - fascinated with the fact that I can pick green salad stuff from under the snow (when it decides to actually snow!). Havent worked out yet how to not get my fingers frozen. But so far have had about 6 good pickings of it, with two more full beds growing for later.
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Is anyone one here growing "Nüsslisalat" this winter?

It`s my first time - fascinated with the fact that I can pick green salad stuff from under the snow (when it decides to actually snow!). Havent worked out yet how to not get my fingers frozen. But so far have had about 6 good pickings of it, with two more full beds growing for later.
Silly question but how does it grow? Do you take the whole plant during harvesting or cut a bit and it grows back?
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Raised bed? Did I hear Raised bed??? That is what I wanted for my new garden. We recently moved into a house and that was what I planned to do. Problem: there is no resource here for building a raised bed garden. I went from nursery to nursery, do-it-yourself places (Coop hobby center, Lidl, to the local mill). NO ONE could provide me the required lumber or kit to build a raised bed. I am trying to avoid the chemical saturated wood, and at the same time get all the required hardware to put it together. After a couple months I just gave up and postponed the project to next year. What did you do??
Did you ever find somewhere you could buy the required bits and pieces for your raised beds?
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Old 20.04.2012, 13:35
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Sadly, no. I just put the project on hold.
The big problem here is all those micro slugs. I work fulltime, and by the time the weekend rolls around, they have decimated my vegetables.
I have resigned myself to growing herbs in hanging baskets.
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Ahahaha, you are right- and a few marbles too, it seems. Yes, 5. Didn't make special journeys, but had about a year between buying the house here and selling our in the UK - so took a trailor with everythime we came here and help my parents.

If you have raised border, you can buy some wide copper tape to stick on the sides- which the slugs hate! As well as planting other plants around that will dissuade them.

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Silly question but how does it grow? Do you take the whole plant during harvesting or cut a bit and it grows back?
Gardening thread ..... I`d forgotten about it!

Nüsslisalat (or "Veldsalat" same thing). SO easy to grow for winter. You just scatter the seeds, rake over, and leave. Protect it from drying out before germiination by covering with some of that cloth stuff for vegetables.

You cut each plant at the base, like you`re thinning out the crowd. There is just so much of it. Two packets provided us with Nüsslisalat for the entire winter - and now I`ve just dug the balance of it back into the soil (some green manure).

Time now for planting Snap Peas, and Green Peas.
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Sadly, no. I just put the project on hold.
The big problem here is all those micro slugs. I work fulltime, and by the time the weekend rolls around, they have decimated my vegetables.
I have resigned myself to growing herbs in hanging baskets.
Slugs!
This year I`ve surrounded my vege garden with Comfrey plants (the leaves are hated by slugs, and the underneath leaves that dry out and cover the ground prevent sluggy from ambling thru) .... and then a row of Schnitlauch - both these plants die down in winter and come to life again in Spring.
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