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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?

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:

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!

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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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