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Latest posts by Alan4711

Potted Hydrangea

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:34

Hi Dove, an older gardener on our allotment told me if i wanted to turn Hydrangeas from blue to deep purple you can introduce  alaminium or iron mixes into the soil,he has one deep deep blue purple, he says he put a rusty nail into the roots when he planted it ,does this make sence to you ,hes assured me he,s not pulling my leg and his garden is stunning, iv got about 30 cuttings for this years planting out so i,ll give it a try and see what happens,


Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:20

Dove sounds about right,in a brand new allotment we deturfed,built raised beds from scaffold boards £4 each ,,one each side one cut in half for the ends then filled with top soil then covered with local farmyard manure ,full tractor load £20 filled 7 of these beds and left it to the worms,without a shadow of a doubt the raised beds are the way to go almost no work at all to maintain them once done and 5 monthes later the soil is all mixed and ready to go thanks to the critters in the soil,and all the beds are already well drained after all that rain all this advise was from this site and our neighbor allotmenteers and its worked a treat and very cheap to do

good luck Alan

green tom4chutny

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:03

cheers ,many thanks for that just the job, just got back from the allotment very very cold but sunny,wild life pond frozen 1" deep,,now  thats cold, got some smashing fresh  mole soil for later potting,chins up summer on its way,

Good luck all  Alan4711

green tom4chutny

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 15:24

Hi all,,, last year lots of people lost lots of toms,we were the same ,so we cut our losses and made green tom chutney ,we got the recipe off this site and it was as everyone agreed just Great!!!! trouble was not enough toms to make enough,So if you were to grow toms just for green chutney which we are going to do this year and make loads which tommies would you choose to grow especially for this purpose, i suppose im looking for a big tomy but we really don't know enough about toms yet to decide,by the way its blowing a good en here in Tenby,Cold and miserable again roll on Summer,and any help would be good with the chutney 

Cheers Alan4711 

Watering Systems

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:33

Brummiben ,unfortunately my auto basket watering system only extends to half an inverted water bottle connected down through the soil into a small tub with thin cut off toweling in the soil acting as wicks and it works, haven't got a patent for it yet but might right off to The Dragons or maybe not ,seriously iv not seen a good one at a reasonable price yet but I'm following your thread so good luck matey


Happy Mothers Day

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:23

Now just a second Brumbull, my partner and i were suposed to be collecting Mole soil today up the allotment for potting,Now she says its raining ,cold misserable,cant be bothered  AND its Mothers day AND she,s already had Christmas day off!!! wots it all comimng too,She,ll want her birthday off next,, Brum wot are you starting here you,ll be giving em the vote next come on

Good luck Girls

creating a cut flower border

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:16

Hi Follow i think a suggested list off nice flowers to grow and cut for presents or the house ,maybe the doctors surgery would be a really good idea and maybe the more knowledgeable threaders might give us some advise, im going to follow this one ,i think my partner would love to have a regular supply of cutting flowers and if we can get some i,ll be working on it , like im working on my spelling spell check gave 6 wrong but im working on that toooooo

lots of luck all


cacti soil

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 14:19

Brumieben Hi many thanks for the info makes you wonder why they charge so much when theres nothing in the stuff, Right !! Brum do i need more than one cacti or an assortment to get them pollinated by these loverly moths or maybe the same type wot u think Matey


MOB rants

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 10:58

Neighbors i here what your saying and we have decided  to move to Norwich for a few reasons such as"" our neighbors back garden Is a tip and is in full view from our bedroom windows, he screams and shouts at his dog daily,why he has one i don't know,hes the noisiest neighbor we've ever ever  had so enoughs enough,,So  we have written a list of what we want from our new house ,at the top is NO neighbors ever again not ever ever and got to have a nice pub in walking distance everything else is negotiable thats my moan for the day


cacti soil

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 10:31

Morning all

now i don't mind buying cacti soil even if it is exorbitant here thats  when you can find it,So can anyone tell me is it poss to make my own mix as i will be needing a good few bags this coming year and id rather make my own anyway if poss,any ideas has anyone done it before,if not ill keep looking down here ,,here's hoping now Good luck all and bye the way surprise!! surprise!!, its still raining here in Tenby and turned a bit cold

Cheers Alan

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