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What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 08:15

I was 30 years in banking, mostly on the coal face in branch. Early casualty of the banking crisis I took early retirement/redundancy in 2009 and now work as a tour guide at Britain‘s Oldest Bbrewer. No stress and I get paid to talk about free beer.

Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 22:29

Not really my cup of tea but if you see it as entertainment rather than a gardening programme it was no worse than other 'reality' programmes like X Factor etc.

Belfast sinks

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 22:18

Forgot to say but you probably know, they are very heavy empty so get them in place before you fill them.

Belfast sinks

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 22:15

I don't have any photos but we used a Belfast sink as a pond for a few years. As I recall the problem was finding a way of sealing the plughole which wasn't harmful to wildlife. I think we used a clear silicon sealant but it was 20 years ago. We now use it as a planter for small alpines but it's been rather neglected. We painted the sides with yogurt which was supposed to encourage moss but hasn't really.

when to sow seeds

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:58

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.Give them a go. They might be a bit late but what the heck? The pleasure is in the trying.

Tomatoes are already flowering

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:54

If they are in a heated greenhouse and you can maintain the heat I would let them flower although you will probably need to pollinate by hand to get fruit. If they re to be planted outside pick the flowers off as it is unlikely they will survive low overnight temperatures.

do i need to nip sideshoots on baby toms ?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:12

Same with gardeners delight



Posted: 08/08/2013 at 10:30

Acid cherries like Morello flower & fruit predominantly on the previous year's growth so I think you may be pruning back a bit too hard. I would try just cutting out enough wood to avoid overcrowding in early summer, leaving the older shoots to develop. Maybe try this treatment with half the bush next year and pruning back as you have been on the other half to see if it improves. It might also be worth feeding with a high potassium feed to encourage fruiting rather than growth. There are proprietary fruit feeds available but you could use a tomato feed. 

Student needing feedback for class project! Please help! :D

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 20:29

Hi Liz,

I have a 240 litre waterbutt collecting rain water from my shed and green house. I've had it for around 15 years and never had any major problems. The tap broke after a couple of days but the retailer replaced it for me free of charge. It's got a lid so blockages are seldom a problem but easily cleared with an old bottle cleaning brush tied securely to a cane 

The best thing about it is that I don't have to carry a full watering can the length of the garden. The worst thing is that the flow is lower than mains pressure water so the watering can takes longer to fill. At the time I installed it we were charged for water usage based on the rateable value of the property (we are on a meter now)so I can't say what difference it made to the bill but there is obviously a saving being made.

Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 22:19

Hard to believe that this time last year they were already talking droughts and hosepipe bans.

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