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Posted: 19/01/2015 at 07:32

Morning all. Frosty here on top of the bit of snow but I saw a gritter on our road yesterday afternoon so hopefully the roads won't be too bad, although it was already -2 when I collected daughter at 5pm yesterday. I expect the blackbirds will be hungry today.

Might take a hot water bottle to work - it'll be b****y freezing in there - worse than usual 

Wrap up warm everyone and have a good day 

Starting tomatoes indoors

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 10:19

End of March early April indoors for me too Bf. It's too cold here to get them outside once they get bigger so they need to be undercover when they go out.  If you sow too early they just get leggy and you'd have to put them outside in a greenhouse  ( or a  conservatory if you had one) at that stage which would need to be heated. If you intend growing outdoors it's too early to sow. They catch up very quickly anyway. 


Posted: 18/01/2015 at 10:12

Hi Thomas. I can't add much to what's already been said other than just keeping things tidy until you see what's already in the garden and concentrate on the projects you want to get underway first - like your greenhouse and veg. It's a gradual process if you've not had a garden before and it's easier to take it a bit at a time till you find your feet so that you don't get daunted by it all.

If you can take some photos and put them on that will help with any suggestions that people can offer. The little tree icon in the toolbar will show you what to do. Once the growing season really gets under way you can post pix of anything you want identified and we can try to help. Then you can decide if you want to keep it, move it or bin it!   


Posted: 18/01/2015 at 10:03

Morning all. Chilly here after a bit more snow . Just -3 when I went out to feed the hungry birds - a bit late after a lie in  Doubt it'll get anywhere above zero today. It's not been much higher than that anyway for a week or two and even then only the odd day is above four or five. At least it might see off more bugs and pests this winter.

Glad you had a good time Panda 

I'd suggest Fatsia if you want an evergreen W'song. They don't like too dry though in my experience but I expect if you get some FYM into the area and mulch well after planting it'll be fine once established. I've got one in a pot just now and it's thriving despite all the dry weather we had here last year and only the occasional watering when I remembered. It'll grow quickly too. 

christmas tree

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 17:26

I have a couple of these graham. One in the ground and one in a pot which my girls bought a few years ago for the same reason as you! It's looking a bit sad but only because a b****y tom cat was using it and I had to pot it up and bring it where I could protect  it a bit. The other one has grown quite a bit since planting about eighteen months ago - it makes more of a mound  than a 'tree' shape but it's a useful little evergreen and tough as old boots. 

Plant for shade

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 17:11

It's a Hellebore Pinco. Lots of types and many flowering just now as you say. I have a nice deep purple one with loads of flowers at the moment - can't remember the variety but it's enjoying it's location  


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:30

In my experience there's not much they won't try unfortunately, and strangely holly holds no fear for them. I've seen holly bushes decimated unless they're protected initially. The only way is to fully protect any new shrubs you plant until they're established enough to be able to withstand some nibbling. Lots of damage is done by youngsters so keep protection on till they're big enough to keep clear of certain things they find unpalatable. They don't touch daffs and snowdrops and I found Pieris was often left alone. I had Acers, Berberis, Junipers, Honeysuckle and Clematis with no problem once they were mature, and Schizostylus (Kaffir lily) Lady's Mantle, Lilies, Phormiums, Potentillas and Loosestrife were left alone even as younger plants. Perennials are tricky because they just go for the new growth as soon as it appears. We had little Welsh poppies which they seemed to leave alone too. High raised beds with no means for them to jump up are the best solution if you want some nice flowers. Good luck! 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 15:06

baza - I normally plant mine about 5 - 6" apart and they do fine at that sort of spacing, but mine are in containers mainly. If you do the same  just make sure they don't go short of water and food in the summer weather.  The bottom of the plants will get a bit manky looking but that's fairly normal. If you don't like the appearance and they're in  a bed/border, you can plant something in front of them to hide the scrappy foliage and disguise it. Good luck and hope you have plenty of lovely flowers to pick this year 

christmas tree

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 13:04

Hi Graham- when you say Christmas tree do you mean it's a proper fir or spruce, because often what the supermarkets sell is something called Cryptomeria which does look like a tiny christmas tree when it's in a small pot, but doesn't get to the size of  the real thing 

Today's lunch!

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 11:13

I had a small accident first time I did it as there was a gap in the foil  but as long as the feeder is well enclosed, it's fine.  I just poured it out and resealed it. expect it would help to let it cool a bit first though as it might be easier to keep the seed mixture well distributed. I pushed a couple of long screws into the sides as perches but you could lolly sticks or bits of branch which might be kinder for bird feet! The blackbirds scooped up all the bits the starlings dropped. 

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