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Fruit and veg for the greenhouse

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 12:32

This is my first year with my greenhouse, i'm growing tomatos, cucumbers, peppers, chillies, and melons. As these (except for the cucamelons) that were recommended by my grandad. I've got some more exotics to try for fun too, such as tomatotillos, cucamelons, and inca berries (which i think are cumquats). 

For this year it's late to start sowing so pop down the garden centre and see what they have, they will most likely have toms, peppers, but may have other stuff too to try.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 22:56

Thanks for the kind words, yeah the wind is the one downside, but to get those views you have to be at the top of the hill! 

Hopefully once the hedges get established it'll help a bit, we did get a bit of a hammering this winter with the easterly winds, normally they are westerly here. Even a couple of pyracatha got badly scorched, but at least they are coming back. 

I use the obelisk for peas and sweet peas mixed together in the veg plot. Looked really nice last year, but the peas are just 6 inches tall still at the moment, only planted them out from the cold frames last week. 

It's my first garden, we moved here from a flat in the city centre so i've loved my first year here, despite the bad weather, i had a good crop of carrots, parsnips, salads and plenty of mint for mohitos in the arbor

I'm lucky to have a great garden centre nearby which i think always helps alot, good quality plants and good advice all the way.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 21:38

Hehe it's a shot from google maps

Here goes.. work very much in progress, and in newcastle we're a bit behind still got apple blossem hehe. 

 This is the view down the garden, it's a fair slope, and very exposed on the top of the valley.

 I've dug out beds inbetween the buttresses as the back of the house, this is a north west wall, so pretty shady, until about 4/5pm that is, you can see the famous lime heuchera under the bleeding hearts. It's fairly damp so also have geraniums and astilbes in there.

 My pride and joy hehe


Small veg/herb plot, would like another couple of beds.. next job..

 This is the south end of the garden so full sun all day, i've gone for a hot border, so have icelandic poppies, sunflowers, crocosmia, knopifia, to name but a few. As well as some winter colour with a couple of dogwoods, that can cope with the exposed nature until stuff gets established, such as my full length cotoniester hedge to the left side. 

Generally i'm going for true cottage garden, i have flowers mixed in with fruit like blueberries, gooseberries, raspberries, etc. I've planted various fruit trees, cherries, plums, pears and apples. And i'm trying to establish some nice climbers for the pergoda. 

Oh and i applogise for the grass.. the lawnmower conked out half way through doing it yesterday!

Looking for best/fastest creeper/vine for a time lapse music video idea

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:47

also... if you want something to smother the building, bindweed would be your best bet.. but with caution if it got loose it's a pain in the ass to get rid of. 

Other less nasty option would be morning glory i guess. 

Looking for best/fastest creeper/vine for a time lapse music video idea

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:40

Also.. if you paint the models with yogurt, you'll get moss growing on it pretty quickly, which might look very good, behind the plants growing. Other than that, you could use something like Vetch, a very small fast growing climbing annual. Because the model will be small the small leaves of vetch will look in proportion as if they are big. Rather than something big, which will look huge in comparison to the small model if you get my drift. 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 14:44

actually i was looking around this weekend and it's getting to the point where i'm not too embarased to show pics hehe will get some done this week in the sun


Put it this way this was the garden when we moved in, to say it had a lack of plants is something of an understatement! Unless you count, creeping buttercup as a plant that is.




Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 14:30

I've got a couple of these lime marmalade heucheras,

They have grown really well in a shady spot, they are very bright, although they do have a look reminicent of a bright lime green lettuce

I went abit OTT with the heuchera in my new garden last year, must have bought a dozen different types, from lime, to bronze, red, purple etc, they are a great started plant as they grow fast and add instant colour, i really love em. I bought 2 more last week.. damn wish they didn't keep bringing out new ones! My gardens gone from a field when we moved in to something resembling a garden in 18 months hehe.

ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 16:04

Yeah the ones that grow like 3 ft tall.. the dogs seem to be attracted to them like magnets

ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 15:10

Yeah we have tonnes of cleaver/goose grass around too, i spend half my life pulling it up as the dogs bring them in. There are often very large sticky balls which look like those that come of this stuff.

Primula - growing from seed

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:05 

Monty does green primula seeds

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