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Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:31

Hello again folks!  Builder said he'd be here at 9 - he didn't warn me that Builder's Mate would be here at 8!!!  Then I opened new milk and it was off so had to dash down the road for more.  Got some more Hobnobs too, just to keep them happy.  

PD beware gyms - after all, a hospital consultant once said to me "The trouble with people like you is, (those were his exact words) you do some exercise - then you go and eat pizza!"   I made a formal complaint and was told it was 'a training issue'  and after that no one in his department would see me without a chaperone!!!  Then they discovered I was right all along and had an undiagnosed thyroid condition 

My new name

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:21

Good name 

You're not old enough to start going backwards yet  - you have to be as old as me to be 26 

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 07:29

I direct sow most things - I don't have a big greenhouse, just a small one, like a three tier cold frame - but in this garden the soil is good and warms up quite quickly too so direct sown seeds usually get away quickly and don't suffer from any delay which they could do if planted out.  

However I appreciate that I'm lucky and that some people living further north or on more difficult soils aren't as fortunate and find that it speeds things up to sow indoors and then plant out.

But I know what Mike means - the way that some GCs market 'equipment' for growing veg makes you wonder how we ever used to manage before the invention of the Grow bag, Potato Bag, strawberry pot etc.  

Last year some of my outdoor  beefheart tomatoes were planted direct into the veg patch instead of into big pots - one of my visitors was totally bemused - he didn't know you could do that 

But on the other hand, buying in brassica seedlings ready for planting out is useful - it means that I don't have to give up part of my small veg plot to a nursery bed.  And last year I bought 3 small Apache chilli plants for virtually the same price as a packet of seeds - they grew on and cropped beautifully and we're still using chillies from that crop.  

So I direct sow and buy plants in - the thing to do is to plan ahead and make the best use of your space.  


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 07:15

Oooh, missed you there Chicky and Lily - good morning both of you  sorry to hear about the rain Lily , but would you mind keeping it with you for the next couple of days, then the builders can get things done?  Ta very much 


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:58

Morning Andy   

Builders coming today to do some odd jobs and they're going to finish the pond off as well and put some new gravel boards in where we've raised the level of the garden with the soil we've removed!  Then I can get on with some shrub planting.  


Best plants for covering artificial pond edges?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:24

To post a pic click on the little green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Whats this plant please?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:21

I wondered about dogwood; can't really see any stem colour but of course that doesn't mean it's not a cornus - a better photo would help but I don't think we're going to get one - and if Spunko just wants a shrub that looks more or less like that, then he may well be happy with weigela 

Help identify hoe - manufacturer, age quality? suitable handle?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:15

There are hedgehog logos on this website for Cornelius Whitehouse - it's an interesting website - maybe they could give you some more information. 

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:06

Well done Zoomer!  Keep us informed and post us some pics as you go along 

And you really meant those nettles to grow there didn't you?  You planned to use them to make nettle tea didn't you?  Very good fertiliser for leafy veg  


Lime, clubroot and borage

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:01

Borage can tolerate very alkaline soils, so should be perfectly ok in freshly limed soil. 

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