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Latest posts by BrummieBen

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 20:13

Yes I did laugh a little when I saw monty's raised beds, even my wife said Monty has copied you! (Which was a very rare compliment!) Mine are made from scaffold boards, but, having seen the slabbing and brickwork around his beds, that is some serious cash gone in there, just the slabs alone would probably have been £100+. The wood didn't look like scaffold or pallets to me. I'd be surprised if monty did anything aside from draw the plan and then fill the beds. For the average gardener it's a huge job, (esp if you work full time too and have kids) or a very expensive one to get someone else to do. Then again, he is a well paid presenter on TV, I dare say if I earnt the money he does, I'd not be doing the heavy stuff either!

The important thing is that you get ideas from the program, I have learnt loads from a nutty american guy on youtube called john who has uploaded a massive amount onto youtube. He lives in nevada and basically has turned his whole garden into edible grub with raised beds and vertical gardening. It riles me that yanks can buy wood so damn cheap, but he gives me ideas I can adapt to my circumstance. I'd never have thought of using rock dust rather than fertiliser if I hadn't seen him.

http://www.youtube.com/user/growingyourgreens/videos?view=0

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 19:54
square foot wrote (see)

Toby was not to bad. It was Joes allotment that really brought the show down.

was that the same allotment that was abandoned by him once the filming stopped? Talking of abandoned stuff, remember 'greenacre' that toby and the crew were planting up? It isn't very far from me, like a mile or so, and when the Beeb decided to reboot GW they just abandoned the whole damn lot, lovely waste of money there!

http://www.amateurgardening.com/home/horticultural-vandalism-gardeners-world-garden-greenacre-goes-to-seed/

Such a shame, and that greenhouse was lovely too, maybe I should make them an offer!

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 19:48

lol figrat, you made me chortle!

Watering Systems

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 11:58

Harborne myself

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 11:42

I thought Toby was great for doing things which save money and are highly effective. I've used numerous of his videos to make my own things. Why they can't have a gardening show for 30mins for beginners, using the younger presenters, and then have the traditional GW for another 30mins is beyond me. Considering the upsurge in interest particularly with grow your own, I'd assume that it would get quite a few viewers. Afterall what would it be competing with at 8pm on a friday?

Watering Systems

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 11:24

'Always a pleasure and never a chore' as they say! Whereabouts in Brum you from?

Watering Systems

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 10:58

Well the 4mm pipe and dripper kits are very easy and cheap to get hold of, certainly not £20, and they are pretty much all the same quality, ie cheap. I personally would be using the 13mm as a supply and then run the 4mm off the supply line. You can just put holes or attach drippers on the 13mm line, but this is better for using in beds and borders. If you wish to water baskets, troughs and pots, using the supply pipe with 4mm offshoots is the better way. Also gives you a great deal of flexibility. I'm hoping that once my system is sorted, I'll only be doing feeding watering once a week. Last year even though it was raining, it was still taking me maybe an hour and a half to water all my pots etc every day.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 10:42

Morning! What a start to today. Woke at 6.30 to find heating hadn't come on. Downstairs found pressure on boiler had dropped, so recharged and it started working again. I then noticed the dripping water Not huge amount maybe a few table spoons, once it was up to heat, dripping stopped. Have just been on to phone to British Gas, £99 quid later and £21 a month for 12months, have engineer coming tomorrow afternoon. Still you get a service in that cover too, so I figured either cough up 3 or 400 now and then have to pay for a service as well next year, or pay 99 now and the other 250 over 12 months. They have you either way

Sun now out, but by God walking to school this morning it was bitingly cold. Lots of my plants look like they've been shocked by the sudden freeze. Hope they recover.

So there you go, if you think you've got stress, that has been my marvelous Monday so far!

Watering Systems

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 22:45

use the 13mm tube as your supply, it's the beauty of drip irrigation, you need no water pressure, well hardly any! In answer to your question Bev, it's going to be trial and error. Your mains pressure is unique to you, so you need to experiment to find what drips at the right rate. Then it's just a question of sticking the watering computer on before!

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 22:41

can I ask why you use liners? Why not just use the caddy, and when it's full, empty it and then wash it out? What is the point of liners exactly? I mean washing the caddy out takes all of 30 secs with hot water?

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water those poor souls!

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

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

well not really 
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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Needing old mouse or vole nests

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While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Most famous moment with your plants?

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