* Red Dahlia *

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Gardening one whole year (next week)

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 19:13
I'm just starting my second year. Last year we started in July! Somewhat late. I keep looking at my plastic pop up 6x8ft greenhouse and wondering when to put it up and start sowing. I'm notts so anyone else out there started. I have some perennial cuttings limping on in the unheated conservatory, some tomato seedlings purchased tonight and some sweet peppers that were sown 11 days ago but no appearance. I just want to get started. It's almost a real physical itch!!

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 19:08
Tonight my partner brought home 6 2 inch tomato plants from aldi. He thought these were a bargain at 1.99. We potted them up about 10 minutes ago and have them a water. They are now sat on some capillary matting in a tray in my unheated conservatory. Do you think they will be ok. I somehow think its very early for tomatoes! They are gardeners delights. Should I cover them with cut off pop bottles or anything? I usually buy more established plants 5-7" late April and put in a pop up greenhouse! Anyone got any thoughts....

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:32
Thanks Joyce. All good ideas!

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 15:22
Brill thanks!!!!!

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 13:45
All great ideas. Really got the gardening juices flowing!!

Any top tips on water collection when you don't have a water butt. Anyone save water in milk containers etc? Water meter says I shouldn't be watering but I need to in spring summer. Wish I had a water butt but they are costly and involve cutting my guttering!

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 07:50
You buy tubs from the tip???

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:46
Green tooth, v lovely and would look great in my garden. How much do you think these have cost in materials. What plastic do you use and where from??

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 20:19
Thanks all. I saw a plastic trough on ebay. It's 36cm deep by 66 cm in diameter and 90ltrs. It's ??20.50 after postage. Didn't know if its deep enough but also its quite costly.

I didn't really fancy making anything as I have so many other 'home' projects to do. I know that seems slack but I want to do so many little bits in the garden and home and by the time I make them it will probably be past the time to plant.

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 19:23
I'm looking for tubs/troughs to place in the back garden to suppliment my raised bed. I have a dog bath which I planted with perennials last year whilst preparing my flower beds. I will use this for carrots this year. I do however need more economy tubs/troughs that will last more than one year. I have builders buckets but they are usually for my tomatos. Anyone got any contacts or cheap ideas. I need something for climbing French beans and sugar snap peas. Courgette, potatos and greens will go in the raised bed. Thanks in anticipation

Potato confusion

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 15:34
I have tried swift but was weak flavour. Vivaldi was nice. Charlotte and Nicola were nice salad types. But that was on sandy soil at a previous house. I literally planted what my dad couldn't fit in.

With our new raised bed we only have 12x13ft and then tubs so we really want to make the most!

Def doing Nantes carrots in my dog bath, French beans in tubs up a obelisk. Courgette, sugarsnps have been ordered so they will be going in! (If I get them to germinate !)

Just seems that seed tatties on the web seem so expensive if your wanting to pick a variety! I like a bargain but can't seem to find Anything on the tattie front!!

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