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I give up!

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 18:02

Thanms for the encouragement, guys and dolls, but I'm not convinced.   Still, hope, they say, blooms e4ternal.  Unlike my roses...   By the time spring comes round I may have decided to give it another try.  We'll see.

I give up!

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 13:47

I've got a big, L-shaped, 80cm deep raised bed I built two years ago in my small back yard, specially to grow vegetables.  It has a 2-storey house to the south, and walls all round, so in winter it gets no sun, but in summer is a suntrap, so I also have a wee sit-ootery there - which I haven't used once this year, drattit.  I put in loads of daffodil bulbs, deep down so I could grow other things over the top, and strawberries all round the edge; lilies and asparagus against the south-facing wall behind it; and a few Pink Fir Apple and Edsel Blue potatoes tight against the south rim, so they could cascade over the edge.  I then planted six bush tomatoes in front of the lilies, and over the top of the daffodils I put onion and shallott setts, and sowed rows of radish, various lettuce, beetroot, spring onion and carrots.  I put in a seep hose which I used regularly, fed them all religiously and lovingly, carefully weeded out the lawn of holly seedlings which my neighbour's tree showers on my ground like confetti, and waited.

The daffodils were grand, as were the lilies.  The potatoes did well - I just planted them fairly deep and didn't bother earthing them up, and they flourished happily over the wall and gave me young, tasty potatoes in abundance for just me, over about three months - even the 'new' potatoes lasted well if left alone by me and the slugs.  The rest was a disaster.  Three 5cm carrots snf four radishes; one spike of asparagus - in January, if I remember rightly, I wrote about it here; the garlic and spring onions simply vanished; and everything else went - charged! - to seed.  I think out of a kilo of setts I got about five decent onions, and a lovely show of flowers.  One strawberry, from two dozen plants. About 20 pea-sized green tomatoes. The compost heap has grown enormously.

This year, the small potatoes I've left in the ground can grow on, among the daffodils and lilies.  If they come, they come.  I'll fill in the space with chrysanths or something for cut flowers, like the daffies.  Vegetables are clearly a waste of time, money and effort.

New site - bugs

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 17:34

Sotongeoff - I think that's what I'll have to do - cancel my newsletter and start a new one.  Certainly sounds simpler than what I've been struggling with so far.  Thanks.

Insomnia - I didn't put my email address into my personal profile, so that I can't change it!  I don't know if that would get through to Central Office anyway - do they ever read profiles, or is there an automatic link?  Do they ever read these blogs?  I'd think the grdeners do, but the office folk?  I doubt it...  Thanks for trying, anyway.

New site - bugs

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 13:58

Sorry, Insomnia, it only lets you change the things you want seen on your public forum, as far as I can see - and that doesn't have my email address on it anyway.  I've been through everything I can find, and I can't find this!

New site - bugs

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 13:37

I'm  trying to change the email address you send my weekly letter to, but I can't find a link button to your office, though I've hnted all over.  I've been given a message to change it on your site - but where?  Isn't there a phone number I can call?  I hate contacting people through emails, it always takes far longer than just a phione call and is so cold and impersonal.

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:37
Can I compost my cat's litter tray? I know you're told not to, but the material I - or she - uses is shredded cardboard, she has no diseases [she never goes out, she's too nervous], and her food is almost entirely dried packet stuff. If I shouldn't use it, why not? Or can I put it in the brown garden-stuff bin for the council to cope with, where it'll be a much smaller proportion of material among the piles of other people's garden waste?


Posted: 05/04/2012 at 18:10

If you don't have room for a bonfire, use a metal wheelbarrow, 

Talkback: Composting cardboard

Posted: 10/01/2012 at 22:37

Thank you, Steve.  With no lawn, I've no grass clippings, which I know heat up a compost bin, and mine never seems to warm up at all.  I have the feeling that the shredded paper from my cat's litter tray should work like torn-up cardboard, but I just don't know enough about it.


Posted: 10/01/2012 at 22:26

You'll find lots of good books about growing and training bonsai trees in your local library, or they can order them for you.  Most of them recommend fancy clippers, Japanese scissors, bamboo brushes, etc, but you don't need to spend a lot of money.  Sharp secateurs for heavy pruning [which you'll not need a lot], strong nail scissors for pruning small twigs, and a pair of tweezers to lift out cut-off leaves and twigs wihout risking breaking anything are the main tools you'll need, until you get well on in the advanced stuff.  You don't need to buy trained bonsais, either; the books will give you ideas for starting from ordinary plants.  But don't try growing tiny trees - they're too frail.  Trees about 1-2 foot high are much easier to deal with.

New site - bugs

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 11:51

Sorry - I've just found out the reply box is at the end of the other replies.  My mistake.

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