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Sorry, advance warning, bit of a rant coming up, but I don't often rant.
Last night on GW on TV Monty said that one indispensable piece of kit he has is his warm bed with heated cables in it. He said it cost £700 years ago and has saved him 10s of thousands of £s. Then he said if you can't afford that he had something cheaper, a big heated pad to put under seed trays. That cost £100. I don't see the average gardener affording that sort of thing, you need a huge GH to put it all in for a start. I think GW should be more for the average gardener.
Or are we all interested to see that anyway? How I miss Geoff Hamilton and all the things he showed us how to make cheaply.
Then he could have shown us cheaper methods without mentioning names.
I've made a warm propagator using my old dog's (who died) plastic basket filled with sand with a heating cable in it - bought cheaply on the internet.
You can't compare Masterchef, that is a competiton, GW isn't. The equivalent would be one of the gardening shows, like Malvern or Tatton Park. Chelsea being like one of the professional chef competitions.
Delia Smith, certainly in her early shows, cooked in her own kitchen using fairly normal equipment.
How do you know which Alan is Alan BB?
I understand BB. It's obvious when you think about it
I did enjoy seeing Monty take basal cuttings.He explained how it sounded like very advanced gardening but was in fact quite easy and advising the viewer they had nothing to lose and everything to gain.He then brought up the propagator issue and said if you haven't got one,to just place a clear plastic bag over the plant.I followed this advice and now have another Delphinium,the first time I'd ever tried it
We never did define 'average gardener' did we?
I don't think I want to be average
I'm very average nut.
In every way...
This thread sounds like that Monty Python sketch where they were all called Bruce...
Aww FG,we are all unique in our own way
BB............I rather like Alan and Alan..............certainly more original than my wild Pheasants who used to come calling daily in a previous garden. He was called Pheas and she ( due to broken tail feathers ) was named Stubby.
Even now, some 20 years on, I can never see a hen pheasant without thinking...."Oh, there goes Stubby "............pathetic really for someone of my age
We had pheasants at my last house Bee, and Mrs Pheasant liked to come on the stone windowsills of the lounge and peck on the window
Have you tried one of those insect screen thingies for your greenhouse door? Might do the trick. When my girls had guinea pigs we had a hutch in their wendy house for them (the piggies not the girls...) and I made a door with that fine metal mesh so that we could leave the door open when it was hot and the guinea pigs could run about safely inside.