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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Soil improvement

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 10:35

I have clay and stony limestone and everytime I have made a bed I add loads of rotted manure and bags of cheap compost. But when we first did the part of the garden that is on top of the old farmyard we added a couple of lorry loads of topsoil, but of course, you won't need anything like that amount for one bed!

Fork Handles

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 10:30

Morning all, busy day today, making sandwiches for 30 orchestra for concert OH is singing in tonight. Have to record GW. Really enjoyed Beechgrove on BBC Scotland last night, they crammed such a lot in although it was snowing so actual gardening was out.

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 22:58

Goodnight all, if anyone is still here!

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 22:56

Those weddings sound lovely too. But what matters most is that you're happy. Everytime we go on holiday OH calls it a honeymoon!

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:51

Cut it back as much as you want to to keep it tidy, you don't have to cut it far if it's how you want, just snip bits off if they grow unevenly. If it's healthy in the pot you could leave it there, remembering to feed and water it.

You don't need to write in capital letters, in computer speak that is shouting. If the print is too small for you it's because there is a problem with the site at the moment. Press Control  and + or Control and - to reduce.

Where do you shop - for greenhouse benches etc

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:35

I don't think it has anything to do with the BBC. A lot of people on this forum don't have a greenhouse or can't afford the sort of equipment shown on websites. But I have had a lot of useful tips from forum members. You are just as capable of looking on websites as any of us.

I bought my wooden bench in a French supermarket in the spring promotions. It looks a bit like this and was a bit cheaper. I live in France so that bit of information probably won't be of much use to you.

The rest of my shelving I bought in a very cheap flatpack furniture shop and I treated it with wood preserver.

When I have a lot of baby plants in the spring I put planks on trestles in the other half of the GH which I then remove and plant tomatoes mid May in the GH earth.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:10

It was on BBC Scotland, repeat on Sunday - on BBC 2 I think.

They packed masses into it especially considering they couldn't do any gardening at Beechgrove itself because it was snowing. Lots of advice. Chris Beardshaw was as cute as ever!  I really enjoyed it.

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 20:54

Of my 4 children's weddings I think I enjoyed the cheapest one most. In France everyone has to have the civil ceremony at the Mairie. Some choose to have a church wedding as well. My daughter married in the walled garden of the Mairie (used to be the village school) then we walked to the river for photos, beautiful, then over the bridge to the village hall - where we had a jolly party and general knees up! I got the hall dirt cheap because of living in the village. The village hall is an old stone inn with bedrooms for guests and a garden by the river. The catering and decoration was done by family and friends. The donated food was yummy, new MIL made foie gras and did the flowers (ex-florist), FIL gave loads of seafood and wine, I did cold decorated salmon and wedding cakes, my other daughter made desserts, my future DIL did delicious nibbles to go with champagne etc. All her university friends came and some friends from England. My parents, in their 80s came - and danced! It was great!

Toscana Strawberries

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 19:17

Mine are from a French company Jardin Express, as I live in France.

Toscana Strawberries

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:50


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