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GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 12:18
Leggi wrote (see)

You can disagree if you like but I was using the RHS quote as a basis for my post. Whilst I accept that might not be true of your experience, they will have done a lot of research before stating it at Chelsea last year.

I'm at a loss to find the RHS saying this at chelsea (an article would be a help), as regards to Cameron, what would he know? Much like what would he know about the average joe-blogs life in the Real World. Politicians are all thieves who look after their own, always been this way, and usually spout a load of rubbish which is later retracted if it suits.In fact he has claimed expenses for 'gardening' before, had to pay them back though, and currently has a veg plot at number 10 tended by someone else, guess you wouldn't understand the value of gardening if you don't actually do it yourself.

More positive news:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/8443835/Grow-your-own-reaches-record-levels.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/sep/02/garden-sharing-growing-vegetables

http://www.landshare.net/news/allotment-crisis-hits-poor-hardest/

This is what I base my views on, not just my current situation. The last 5 years or so have seen a huge rise in people getting into gardening. I believe there IS a generation of people between the ages of 40 and 50 who really don't have a clue about gardening, mainly because as they were growing up, they were part of the 'modern' lifestyle, where you could buy produce cheaply in the new supermarkets, and they also wanted to show their parents they weren't 'old-fashioned'. So had minimal effort gardens, patios and decking, and didn't bother with produce. These people in turn had kids who equally never bothered with gardening.

The prices now are turning the wheel full circle, and with vast amounts of videos and info on the net, and great forums, people are returning to growing again. Yes you start with easy veg crops, but you soon get the bug and start experimenting with all sorts.

Favorite tomatoes

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 10:43

Sungold, and tumbling tom are the types I have lots of success with. The last couple of years we have had poor sunshine so larger toms have a hard time ripening. With this in mind I'm trying 'sungella' which is a cross of sungold, but the toms are the size of golfballs so I'm trying to find the happy medium of size but still ripen. I shall post my results throughout summer. I grew a Heritage variety last year 'black russian', they were nice, but more difficult to grow mainly because they got as large as your fist, and needed major support, they then took an eternity to ripen!

Because of the poor sunshine levels the last few years, I'm put off from growing beefstake varieties, whereas the sungold and sungella gave me literally 10 carrier bags full of fruit.

Be aware I grow in a large 10x12 greenhouse, lots of my friends with allotments who grow outside have been decimated by blight the last few years.

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 10:28

I have also found since I moved into my house 2 and a bit years ago, people have watched with a great deal of interest as to the raised beds and projects I have planned. I'm always happy to share any bonanzas on veg or fuit I have, and most have remarked on how good the stuff tastes. Lots have asked me on advice about growing simple veg etc (and me being a relative novice!) I also swop plants and cuttings with most in my street, afterall, if someone stops on the street and congratulates you on a wonderful plant and could they swop some cuttings for something they have, why not? I have found most people very willing to share and actually enjoy chatting with their neighbours. The breakdown of community, particularly in cities is all too evident, most come out of the house, get in their car and that is their whole contact with their neighbourhood, sad really. However given the chance, most are very willing to be part of a community, which enriches life for everyone.

Through my passion, I have hopefully planted the seeds of inspiration for a good few folk on the street. This year I will only germinate one variety of courgette, as a few have said they will grow a diff variety and we'll swop. So wheels are in motion, it's not to say that communities and clubs aren't hard work, but with some effort things can be changed for the better.

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 09:59
Leggi wrote (see)
I think it was the RHS last year who stated that gardening had effectively skipped two generations. David Cameron then likened gardening to litter-picking and labelled it unskilled labour. Gardening at the moment, when people are working harder than ever to pay the bills, is at a really low ebb. It's such a shame as we all know the benefits we ourselves derive from our hobby, the childhood Christmas Day feeling you experience seeing the first sweet pea flower of the year, the taste of the first ripe tomato picked and seeing the bees return in the spring like an old friend.

Gardening has lost it's way a bit, in an age where society wants instant satisfaction (garden centres selling tomato plants with already fully ripe tommies on) we are facing a struggle. Things like local gardening clubs would do the world of good, allotment sites should invite local schools for visits and grow extra plants for the children to take home and we should all encourage our friends and family to take it up. Not because we know how to do things properly (or not most of the time in my case) but because we know the happiness sitting in the midst of summer garden brings, that hard work pays off and that really it's ok to be proud of something you've created.

I really hope this idea takes off, it's up to us though to try to make sure our enjoyment isn't wasted for another generation.

I don't agree with you on this, I'm 38 yrs old, and have become interested in gardening for about 6 or 7 years now. My friends also have become interested. I think most of us became interested due to having kids, and wanting to grow organic veg and fruit. Also to create places our kids can enjoy, as well as where the adults can relax. The driving force behind 'organic' gardening is price. I have 2 kids and a third of our grocery bill was fruit and veg. When my friends came around for BBQ's etc at first they were sceptical, but now a good few have a go at growing their own, mainly as I showed it wasn't hard, and most rewarding.

Statistics currently support this, in the 25-40 age group, interest in growing your own and also gardening in general has exploded in the last 5 years. This is bourne out by the length of waiting lists for allotments also. I think gardening is enjoying a resurgance, and this is likely to continue for the forseeable future. Most parents of any intelligence are encouraging their kids to grow produce and flowers, and this is also being encouraged by primary schools also.

I can't see the prices of organic fruit and veg going down anytime soon, I also doubt I'll find anything from a supermarket shelf will taste as good as homegrown.

Gardening clubs have declined, like many clubs, quite possibly due to the constant bombardment of 'selfishness' and 'looking after number one' advertising that is being rammed down everyone's throats. Consequently many people are suspicious of others, whereas before they would have socialised more freely.

Another rant for you GG, hope you liked it!

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:55

Up early today, kids fed and dressed, weather is that horrible mist rain that soaks you without knowing it. It's managed to keep raining since yesterday but only managed 2mm according to rain gauge!. Going to sow some chilli seeds today, they'll be in a tray in electric propagator in conservatory. Really need to have a good clear up in GH, take my bubble-wrap tent down and get the mahoosive propagator ready for action. The chillis I'm going to try to grow are super hot Bird-eye. They were bought to rub on my eldest daughter's thumb nails to stop that thumbsucking! I don't like chilli, my missus isn't keen and neither do the kids, so why grow them? Well, why not? Something to flog down the car-boot isn't it!

Hope you guys have a good day, catch you laters.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 23:21

I like Monty, but Alan is way out in front for spontinuity and enthusiasm. Joe swift was in his usual slot, as in a 10 minute bit showing that even a fool can garden. I honestly think it's GW trying to get new gardeners to watch with his slots. As someone mentioned, they could have done a whole 30mins on garden design, but no instead, aside from a few things rachel suggested like the daphne and the honeysuckle, the 'pulled -out' everyyear dogwood, some trees which would be unsuitable in most peoples gardens due to size, and them spidery things with the fuzzy stems, again massive  unless you need to use a tractor to mow!

We then had 10 mins of galanthus, yes snow drops are lovely, but if you've lived in this country all your life, like 90% of the population have, chances are you know all about them already.

The programme should be a full hour, it would be a lot better, they could cover more things that are of actual interest as well as visiting nice gardens etc. I personally think when they talk about shrubs and plants for borders, they should say, 'if you have a small garden try blah blah, a medium think of so-and-so and if you are lucky enough to have a big garden then consider such-and-such.'

I really think they don't consider what most normal people have as a garden in regards to size. Most new builds basically have a hanky at the back and even less with a drive at the front. I think this is where GW is missing a trick, if they catered for the multitudes, there would be many more viewers.

All in all, nice to have it back on, but 30mins minus the opening and ending credits, then minus the chaff from gardens tended by 40 staff, and you end up with 10-12 mins of actual useful info, once a week. Not really good enough, I'm just glad of the broadband and the net, can find out everything I need to know from people who have experience on forums and in videos.

Bit of a rant, can you tell this cold is still gnawing at me??? :P

Mossy lawn

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 20:13

probably cheaper to buy sharp sand from homebase/ B&Q it's about 2 quid or less for a 20kg bag!! (This is assuming that wilko lawn sand is only sharp sand)

cacti soil

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 15:40

I wouldn't worry about them being pollinated, the best way to increase your stock is by giving the cacti that soil mix, good temperatures and a feed once a week. If you click on the bottom picture so it zooms, you will see all the offsets the parent cactus has produced. You simply cut them off and put in plain sharp sand that is watered once a day, they soon root. It is also very easy to 'graft' different cacti onto each other. There is tonnes of info on google. Good Luck.

Fork Handles

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 12:32

Ask daniel to make the gardens thread 'sticky' so it stays at the top of the first page, I can't think of a more worthy thread to be 'stickied'!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 11:57

Yeah I made the trellis fence, well I put the posts in and screwed the panels on! They may well be peaking through the holes right now, but on this side I have stapled thin wire fencing (to give the plants something to grip) and planted 3 clematis. On the other side are 4 climbing roses which will be trained across over the trellis. All three clematis are quite substantial plants (5+ years old) so when they get their feet in they should go great guns. They are all type 2 as well so once I have the main framework ove the trellis, it'll simply be a case of pruning back to the trellis every year.

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