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Tiny garden plot

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 19:35

Get a cheap soil test kit, from a local Garden Centre to find out the exact PH. Then post that on this thread and the advice will flood in. As far as I know, Lime does not last very long in the soil; a lot of gardening books say; don't bother adding lime, simply grow things that don't need it, so I am wondering if the soil is still 'limey'.

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 19:30

I've been trimming the 7' tall Leylandii  which stops the car fumes from poisoning my veg bed. The dog was very keen to help, but have told her to concentrate on checking if it is rats that are nibbling the beetroot.

Is it very muddy at the snowdrop walk? Is it welly terrain?

Gardener come.....

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 19:19

Lyn, headstone restoration? We need to know more!

Tootles, I find it interesting that so many people were in the caring professions; that meant that they were on their feet all day; I have spent my life rushing up and down scaffolding towers and ladders (a friend once said 'you don't have a single comfortable chair in your home' and I said 'I don't know - I never sit in them, but they are all beautiful') I think what I am saying is that people who have physically active working lives, then want to keep active in retirement, hence gardening.

How long does it take to switch off from your former profession? For me, only semi-retired, I love my work and still cannot believe that people pay me to do what I love doing - painting, I hope I never switch off. Gardening is for me just like painting, but with plants. Even my passion for growing veg is largely because I have always loved the look of allotments, usually seen from a train, flashing past. Each plot is so different and speaks of the ambitions, desires, yearnings of each plot owner.

Well I think that's enough waffle

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 14:14

Thank you Dove. I went running with the Jack Russel this a.m. so I can't really be 66 can I?

Compost bin

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:52

Bird lady, I am a Master Composter, trained by Norfolk Council and I don't recollect seeing in the literature or at Garden Organic the type of bin that you describe. Which is not to say that they don't exist. My query is; why would you want a bin to open all the way down? Surely you would then end up with it all falling out, you could achieve this by tipping it over or lifting the bin up. My 2 bins have the little hatch near the base; I put on my knee pads, spread out a tarpaulin and dig the stuff out with the coal shovel, sieving as I go.

I appreciate that not everyone wants to spend 30 mins on their knees, so you could try the tip or lift methods mentioned above, though this would make a mess unless the bin is on a hard surface.

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:44

Not at all! Speaking for myself, I am pretty ancient, the others all insist that they are 27.

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:43

'The purpose of our lives is to be happy' The Dalai Lama

Can I prune a juniper bush?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:28

I have 2 prostrate types out front. I have to keep them pruned so that they don't overhang the pavement. One is doing nicely, the other is going brown. Also there is a disease that is affecting juniper at the moment, so I don't know if it is windburn, pruning or disease that has got to the unhealthy one. Both were doing fine for about 10 years.

60cm Plant Pot (For Apple Trees)

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:25

Try B&Q, I got one from there about 10 years ago and saw similar last summer. Or a half barrel?

Gardener come.....

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:20

Murals and special effects in paint, semi-retired. That means I don't have to work, but still do some projects.

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