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Complete novice getting started

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 09:18

Hi Paddy. I don't grow lots of different veg and I don't normally bother with lettuce etc during the winter but I've just sown some lettuce and rocket (about ten days ago) in my little growhouse where I had my tomatoes. A cold frame should be ideal for getting lots of different crops going too. Mine have all germinated so I'm looking forward to having a small crop. Don't know how well they'll survive but fingers crossed.

There are loads of very knowledgeable people here who'll give you great advice on what to do and how well it will work. 

Apple trees

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 09:12

Yes chick- he gets everywhere! The pot he's in is a bit further along to the right and I just trained him both ways along the wires. He'll be going in properly when I get the bed built - one of the posts for them in the pic too!

Apple trees

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 09:06

The other one has less fruit Dove and they look about ready so I'll give you an  update when I try it! Perhaps I waved my wand accidentally one day....

Bit disappointed as I really fancied Bramleys for pies! Never mind.

Autumn colour

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 09:03

The hoverfly's enjoying that Buzzy! Great autumnal colour. 


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 09:00

Dove - cake cures every known disease - thought you knew that? Punkdoc will back me up on that I'm sure...

I'd prescribe regular dosage - a large slice every 3 or 4 hours for at least a week.

Works for me...

Apple trees

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 08:55

Eh - here's one of mine. The cane they're staked to is attached to the fence behind for the moment as in windy weather they were taking a battering!  I don't have a place prepared for them at the moment but once I do they'll be staked properly. I'm going to put a few crocus round the bottom for the time being as well. The pot is about 15" (38cm) across - it's a lemon pot.



Posted: 04/10/2013 at 08:49

pd  Hope the weather clears for you - but don't overdo it !

Was the supermarket shop as exciting as the plant delivery??

Panda- not good  Hoping to get some of my plants and bulbs in this weekend too.

small still water pond

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 08:21

When the water's shallow it heats up easily jean so maybe something deeper? If it's a moveable feature and you can't make it any deeper then it's a case of emptying it regularly. I had a little temporary birdbath for wildlife over the summer and had the same problem - it was just because of the shallow water heating up, and the mossies loved laying their eggs in it. I just cleaned it out regularly.


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 08:03

Wildlife will come to any pond gardenjeannie. We had  a huge one at last house which was afed by a spring so constant running water coming through it. It fed into a smaller pond and both had loads of frogs and toads as well as evrything else. The secret is to have as many little nooks and crannies for them as you can. Shady places are ideal. When we were renovating parts of the small pond the toads would be hiding underneath little bits of liner and rocks. Had to tuck them back in when we were done!


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 07:53

No no no MrsG - Dove doesn't have man flu - she is actually ill...

Morning all!  Three Ds here - Dull, dark and damp. To stay dry so hopefully get on with my beds later.

Have a lovely break chick - hope the weather's kind to you. 

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