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Latest posts by BrummieBen

Heated Bench

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 11:38

I made one by using this site and a video by toby buckland, be aware when it's full it weighs a tonne!

cost about 60 quid should last a lifetime and can germinate 8 trays a time.



Fork Handles

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 09:56

Morning, and Happy Mother's day to everyone! Trying to snow here, finishing sowing my chilli seeds today, watching rugby then making nice dinner for 'The Boss' tonight. Have a good one folks!

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 14:22

 Just Brilliant!

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:25
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Hello folks!   Oh dear  The rosemary, thymes, sages etc in my Mediterranean herb garden are in standing water 3 inches deep!!!  and it's still raining!!! 

As long as they are Venetian they'll be fine!!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:16

Bjay, the bergenias are commonly called 'elephant's ears'? If so, I'm amazed some of these plant names are beginning to stick, a bit like your soil by the looks!

Your Favourite Tools

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:12

I forgot my secateurs, I found some lovely roll handle Felco for £35 last year, so my Father's day present was sorted!!!

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:10

are the sites I've been looking at. Just something fun for the kids (and me!) and does a little for the humble Bumble!

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 12:59
Leggi wrote (see)
I don't have a link as it was said live on the show, there is an article on the RHS site about them losing a generation though. We are however arguing the same point, that when people are introduced to gardening they find great enjoyment. I agree with what you say about politicians completely.

The links you provide are refreshing. I am in my early thirties and fall in to the category of those whose parents who never engaged with gardening, and from a generation that didn't bring plants home from school or get taught about them. I fell in to gardening accidentally when I wanted to start growing strawberries and rhubarb. My first post was just to encourage more of us to get youngsters and friends involved with what we do, we already know how beneficial it is to us as individuals.

I agree whole-heartedly with you my friend, it really is 'down to us' (well our age group), to educate and encourage, but also spread some of our enthusiasm wherever we can. People are realising about self-sufficiency and carbon-footprints more and more, and also taking an interest in where and how the food they eat is grown. I think the government could do a lot more to help in this respect. That's not to say the older people who grow aren't important, they have experience which is something books and videos can't always convey. Always learning, that's my mantra, one I hope to keep until I die!

Your Favourite Tools

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 12:51

For me it has to be my Border Fork and Border Spade. Also my Matock, without these with my soil I'd never get anywhere. I'm looking forward to finishing sorting my borders out, mainly so I can use the full size tools without hitting pebbles every 2 inches! What are your favourite tools and why?


Oops should have been on the Tools section ho hum!

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 12:39

Hi, I wish to create a Bumble Bee nest box, but I've read that they seldom get used unless you use mouse or vole nest material as packing inside the flowerpot. Something to do with the smell that queen bumbles are geared for.

It's a project I wish to do with my 5year old, our little bit to help stop the bumble bee disappearing from our gardens.

I'm hoping some of you might have come across an old nest in your shed or under some logs etc. If you can stick it in a jiffy bag and send it to me, I'll happily pay the costs.

Thanking you in advance.

Edit: actually, several of my daughters friends keep mice/rats as pets, you think this will work?

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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Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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water those poor souls!

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Last Post: 20/04/2013 at 09:35

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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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 12:09

Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 14:56

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
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Last Post: 11/03/2013 at 19:48

While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Last Post: 08/03/2013 at 19:47

Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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