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Compost again

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 20:34

I kept the fly wheel, I was going to use it as a very nifty thing for holding a tall plant support in place in the middle of a pot, but now you've shown me the picture! Wow, thanks for that!

Oh no.....NOT AGAIN

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 13:04

Be careful people, I was reminded by your discussion about another children’s animation series from the seventies, and purchased 33 different types of 'highly flavoursome vegetable' seeds online consequently. I am not talking clangers here, but just don't think to hard about highly flavoured, herbaceous plants, and you could save a lot of money!

Compost again

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 19:58

Yes, I think it might be stainless steel looking at it closely, because it is very shiny and doesn't have half as many scratches upon it as I would expect, considering the harsh usage it has already been through. Thanks Edd, It's all go for the perennial weed incineration and the warm hands after all!

Oh no.....NOT AGAIN

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 20:44

This is very embarrassing. I grow a lot of things in pots. Now I have so many pots that my dearest can hardly get the car out of the garage let alone along the drive. It looks ridiculous too. And still I look at those emails, and I get all hett-up about the idea of missing a bargain that someone else might want to take off my hands when I've grown it on a bit... But nobody ever arrives with a big trailer to take them all away, even though I am giving them away for free. Something to do with living in a very wild and remote area half way up a mountain I suspect, but knowing this never quite cures me of the temptation, and still I buy more next year... and then there are the seed catalogues, and all the window sills full of trays...for shame

Basically Verdun, there are people probably worse than you out here, obsessively worse, so why not spend your cash on what you love - there are far worse things in this world to spend money on than plants!

Compost again

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 20:18

I have just got hold of a washing machine drum (which I took out of my broken one). I was going to have a go at burning perennial weeds in it, and using the ash on the garden. I heard that all those holes make for great ventilation if the leaves are still damp, so it should be a good incinerator for the non-compostable organic bits (and, I fancied, a place to warm frozen hands on a cold day).

But might the metal coating on the drum contaminate the ash does anyone know? I wonder because it isn't something that was designed for burning stuff?

Talkback: Lavender and thyme hanging basket

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 19:50
I want to plant up 4 large baskets with a selection of herbs. It would be good to see which other herbs are best for baskets. I can adapt the same principles, but the range of varieties of many are so diverse and it's not easy to sort out the best ones to go together.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 22:10

B3, that sounds like a great idea. I have a packet of seed-size collection that I harvested off various plants last autumn. They were all set out in a chocolate box, separated in the plastic tray, until one of the cats climbed up onto the high shelf and knocked the whole lot down onto the floor. The lid didn't come off, but they all got hopelessly mixed up. It'll be a great "name that plant" game for later in the year!

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 22:48

I am full of admiration and envy at your methods Perki. I never was very organised. My efforts at keeping the seeds in sets according to when they should be planted ended when the box got so full that no more would fit in it!

Victoria, I am exactly the same over bargains, and I always think of people I could give the extra plants to, even if they live hundreds of miles away. This is a problem because I don't travel, and I am too far from the post office for it to be practical to do much posting. So they stay with me in bigger and bigger pots, and in the end get planted.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 20:32

Thank you Victoria, I'm not alone! My husband kindly said that it's a sign that I am consistent in my likes and dislikes, and that I know what I want in life. I rather think it might be that I simply don't remember what I have already bought. It is partly, also, that I am too disorganised to keep the seed packets in some sort of rational order.

On your second point, yes actually, if I come to think about it, I might, possibly, have ordered Hellebore plants more than once last year. There are certainly quite - quite a lot of them now, and I certainly didn't order all those in one go... I wonder if it is just our favourite plants and flowers that we are prone to ordering more than once? That would indeed imply that darker forces were at work in our subconscious minds - greedy ones maybe???

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 19:33

Does anybody else buy the same seeds more than once, forgetting they've already been bought, and then seeing the same thing looking irresistible again a month or two later, and now I've 3 packets of wild rocket already???

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