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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Leaf Mould!

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 18:15

I am making leaf mould in big builders bags. The oak leaves get mown up and so there are some grass cuttings in there as well. Last years have gone down by half and I have combined two bags. The leaves on top were too dry and have not rotted as well as the stuff at the bottom.

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 18:12

I have a lovely picture of one of the arched canal bridges but its a Tiff file, while all the later stuff are Jpegs. Do you know if you can convert Tiffs to Jpegs?


Posted: 02/11/2013 at 18:01

Depends on how big they are. if small pinch, so they make a good size plant before flowering, but if they are already multibranched and say more than 6 inch tall  I'd let them flower.


Posted: 02/11/2013 at 17:49

Some more tulip bulbs turned up today  from GW mag offer. £5.60 cost, included was a £5 voucher. cant be bad. Planted in the front garden this afternoon between rain stopping and it getting dark. I've just got to wait for the muddy welly prints to dry before I vacuum them.


Loving Lavatera

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 17:16

 The shrubs only last a few years, but are easy to propagate from  semi ripe cuttings.

 Rosea , Burgundy wine, Candyfloss, and Barnsley  can all be increased this way.

Plants Online

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:47

Ryan,I had my first greenhouse when I was 10. I started selling plants to neighbours. I offered to put them in for them and then charged for them. You get more in at 4 inch spacing than 6 inch apart. The neighbours seemed quite pleased. I started growing tomato plants and then advertised in the local paper. At that time it was very much Moneymaker and Ailsa Craig. I sold out. The following year, I grew more varieties. Each year I grew more and sold out. I semi retired from the business at 18(because I went away to Uni), but taught my mum how to prick out.  40 years on,she still sells bedding plants and tomato plants(and my surplus perennials) from the house.

My advice is to keep your overheads as low as possible. You may have to cost in electric for greenhouse propagation/frost free. Use good quality compost (I recommend levington M3) Grow your plants as well as possible and provide a quality product. Advertise locally and on Gumtree and Ebay. Once you build up a ood reputation, people will turn up whether you advertise or not. This is what happened when I went to Uni and my mum took over. I would not get into posting unless you are very sure of the added costs and problems.(methods of payment etc.) Keep good records of costs, and sales as the tax man will want his cut. I would not go  nationwide unless you have a rare plants nursery, supplying plants that people cannot get from the local garden centre. You may get  into one type of plant as you develop. A lot of specialist nurseries attend plant fairs to sell their wares.

Good luck.


Posted: 02/11/2013 at 08:29

Peat and blueberries? In a terracotta pot?


Camera Corner

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:44

The cropped crow head looks like a plague doctors mask. 

New borders

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 18:03

The access roads were put in when the farm was sold, and the estate put around us.  When the lady next door asked why there were two roads leaading to a dead end on her property, they said it was for the other houses. She said"over my dead body" the planners said "precisely". It does mean I have a rear access  to get tractor loads of muck or pallets of stuff in. Its a lot easier to barrow down the garden than up it.


Posted: 01/11/2013 at 17:57

You cant eat snowballs yet, Verd. its not winter yet.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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What leaves do you like to smell? 
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magazine/newspaper offers of plants or seeds for the cost of postage. 
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Bug id please.

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odd aquilegias.

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tree bumblebees in a bird box

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Oxygenating sprinklers.

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