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New to gardening and no idea where to start

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 13:00

Hello Gulliver, You could make a list of small projects, e.g.

1.Clear left side of ivy

2.Use old knife/trowel to clear weeds around path, or use weedkiller......

make sure that each project only takes 2 or 3 hours, leaving you time to clear up afterwards. Bag up the weeds and take them to your local Council Dump. In future you could compost the annual weeds before they set seed, but you cannot do that with perennials. For large garden projects break them down into small jobs.

Don't forget to tick each one off as it is achieved

help with garlic

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 12:45

I plant my garlic in the veg bed which is a mix of compost and sharp sand to aid drainage. I can't imagine any bulb which is not suitable for planting at the edge of a pond would like to be sitting neck deep in water for the 2 coldest months of the year.

Bird feeders

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:08

Should it be lard or beef suet in homemade fatballs? I am not sure about the difference as I use neither in cooking.


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:00

Hamza, I have answered your garlic query on your other (garlicky) thread. When it comes to planting anything from seed, it really pays to read the suppliers recommendations for planting times on the packet. Sometimes you can get away with planting a bit late in the spring and summer, but in the Autumn the ground cools down and some things won't germinate.

help with garlic

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:55

Yes, I would replant them; unless you can drill a few holes near the base of the pot (if it is plastic) they love being outside. As far as I understand, they need the cold to help them split into cloves. If you have to grow them in a pot, not the open ground, then make sure they have good drainage. Good luck with them

santa's growhouse

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:09

I had a tomato growhouse a while back and used it for propagating from about April onwards (I had a tiny paraffin heater) and growing toms later in the season.

Wishes and resolutions

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:06


I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:05

Clueless, could you please explain the WD40 on boots?

For chicky

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 18:57

I didn't see any

Wishes and resolutions

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:24

Verdun, my typing isn't that good; I meant awfully good jokes!

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