Latest posts by BrummieBen

Fork Handles

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 08:55

Oh, and on the subject of retirement, my father said he's busier now than he's ever been, I guess it's because you are your own boss!

Fork Handles

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 08:53

kids and wife packed off, reasonably mild, no rain. Quick tea then crack on. Mother arrives back from Malta this afternoon, means hopefully I can get lots more done, plus she'll be helping sow trays and trays! Have a nice morning.

Horticulture jobs

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:42

I've finished my lines, is it time for the cross-country run now? All this should be water off a ducks back, and if it isn't why not? We're all the faceless multitude, and if we were all the same how boring it would be.

pinching out

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:27

Hi there, if it's in G3 of clematis, cut off every year without fail at knee height 12 -18" to the nearest set of buds. G3 clematis are basically the 'annuals' of clemati, therefore treat them exactly the same, lots of food, and loads of water. I do ask how big is the pot? I'd personally be looking at something 12" square, perhaps bigger. Plenty of drainage, and a good mix of soil and compost, perhaps even some water retaining gel in there too. G3's are thirsty greedy feeders, but give them what they want and boy do they put on a show!

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:16

Happy bday Inka, and to everyone else, thank you for letting me vent Nothing like a good venting to free up your mind! Trouble is, nowt to fill it other than garden things, (mindless clap-trap OH says, til it's on the plate!) think it'll be the off-licence later, highly satisfied with things accomplished. Amazing where a day goes right and you get plenty done, how much better you feel, even the kids seem to be in on it!

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 14:06

Yes, the Lord K would improve cheese on toast, but really, a splash of worcester sauce before cooking is surely the way forward? No seeds sown, but GH has been made ready, sand in heated bench has been soaked, power been switched on, watch this space. Made 2 raised beds so far, well they just need the last 8 screws in the corners. House is warm, my god, I might even be feeling happiness

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 11:50

boiler fixed hooray! Raised bed construction coming along, day is looking brighter by the minute!

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 09:49

Morning folks! What a difference a glorious sunny day makes! No fireworks, she just wanted my body as a her own personal central-heating! A day full of hope, by the end of it I'm thinking heating will work, and I might have some raised beds done! No nights til monday so I'm good. Regards to retirement, I've figured by the time I get close to retirement, it'll be mandatory to work until dead. It'll be 71 by 2016, another 20 years? be easily 76+. Nope I got another 15-20 years or so, hopefully will have 2 or more properties by then. Then I shall sod off to the philippines (where my lovely wife is from) and live the high life for the rest of my days. Certainly won't be considering frosts any longer!

Opinions wanted

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 23:53

This is NOT the same as our lovely granny with a pond, these guys have been renting the whole time, yes it's a shame that a wonderful garden is going to be trashed, but this public effort is trying to find someone to tend it. It is unreasonable for the landlord ask his new tennants to tend it, and he or she doesn't want it to die, hence the papers, bit of a non-story tbh.

Heated Bench

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 23:40

well, when I get my shed sorted, I'm going to be able to do soooo sooo much more. Mainly because I'll be able to get at all my stuff.


actually going all out here, maybe we can arrange you and your wife to come around sometime? Not sure on your child/wife arrangements, but can accommodate for an afternoon, maybe a bbq etc.. Seem a top fella, be nice to meet you in real life.

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
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The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
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bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

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Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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water those poor souls!

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Back after a long slog

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Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 22:46

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 09:28

Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
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While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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