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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 19:16

Haha, bookertoo, my late dad used to make compost in the sitting room, to my annoyance. He'd a 25L bucket into which he put the kitchen waste from the caddies and paper shreddings  which he stirred up. I nagged him to take it outside. I do the same sometimes (sorry dad!).Place is like a potting shed just now.

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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 19:06

A little breezy so wth my back to the breeze, upstream of the target areas I calcified areas of the garden that need it ... without getting dust on me.

Lifted some weed seed tubers - look like King Edwards. 

Checked on the composters all lovely and hot.

Checked on the contents of the shed with the roof that is bricked-down (pending a nice day and the correct screws to repair it). Stuck the waterlogged ameliorants in the greenhouse to dry out.

Found a light fitting for my greenhouse in a skip. The skip hirer /owner wasn't there to ask permission, so will try tomorrow. There's some galv conduit there which will be useful for stakes and structures.


New old window

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 20:53

Walk around and look for skips, ask glazing/joinery firms, ad sites, reclamation / salvage groups on Facebook,  Freegle/Freecycle ... Tradespeople are more than happy not to have to handle their waste and take it to landfill.

I indulged myself...

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 20:37

Nice, is it COTS or bespoke?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 20:32

It was a glorious day today, so I was out in the garden in just my shirt sleeves. I hadn't planned going out but was listening to the botanical garden show which put me in the mood.

Divided some dormant perennials, partially-cleaned the greenhouse, dressed the berries, collated and tidied the potted strawberry plants, de-etiolated some house plants, removed tomato plants from greenhouse, sowed some more fabaceae into tubes, put down manure, put down cardboard, tidied up the manure pile, bagged old blackberry canes, topped up the leafmould cage, changed the silica gel sachets in the saved seed box, sank some bulbs.

There are some really cute wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) nesting in the log piles beside the composters. Glad to have provided them a home for the winter.

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 19:07

Fidget. I soak seeds in saliva, the amylase helps break down the seed coating and it helps in embryonic development before photosynthesis can take place. I'm not sure what tea would do.

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 18:52

Knack? Hahaha, I'm not giving money to energy companies unnecessarily or to hobby shops. You do realise plants, seeds and soil are free?

I have a propagator of sorts veg tray from behind the take away, pots from cottage cheese neatly lined up in their marketing trays, glass sheet over the top that I took from fridges on the roadside.

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 05:04

Lyn "Sorry for my ignorance but what is Ton Goods ten?

And why should your seedlings get killed to death if you follow growing instructions and advise".

Ton Good's ten is spelling mistake of 'Tom Good' (of the BBC's The Good Life) and ', then' like 'advise' is (hopefully) a spelling mistake of 'advice', propergator is a typo of propagator, 'seedlinds' for 'seedlings', 'photo's' for 'photos', etc. Typos frequently occur working with one good arm and one good eye. 

There isn't much point you trying to give Tom Good advice, he's a fictional character. My seedlings were and are fine, thanks.

Skitt's Law right there.

Manure or something else?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 04:33

Beechgrove Garden, Aye, aye aye, fairly that, aye, oh aye!

I'm not sure when it's on. I don't watch live television so I just pick it up on iPlayer, with my PC location set as London so the programmes I have more of an interest in are listed not a bunch of Glasgow-centric ones or Gaelic, which, By Eck, is all BBC S---land seem to be good for these days. If you set your location to 'S*otland' the programme will be available Friday, if elsewhere in the UK, Sunday.

The current Beechgrove Garden, which I presume is owned by the production company has moved out of Aberdeen into an undisclosed location in the Shire. The first Beechgrove garden one was in the walled grounds of BBC Aberdeen in the Beechgrove area of Aberdeen near the main hospital campus. One used to see the 22 bus going past in the programme. Incidentally the BBC started off in Aberdeen [2BD station] as a sublet in the premises of my first

The garden wasn't very big which was part of the draw of the programme, they 'kept it real' appealing to the everyday back- gardeners while Gardeners' World had a reputation of being for the landed, well-off and those who could shovel money at the garden. That's so not Aberdonian and probably not of the austere 70s.  

My late dad used to take me along to the open day every year that he had the weekend off and it was apparent how small the gardens were in real life compared to how they appeared on television. I'm not sure if the BBC still have a station in Aberdeen, if the site is now all executive apartment boxes but if there is still a station, like everything else it has probably been homogenised and de-localised by the separatists in Glasgow. 


Greenhouse in Winter

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 00:15

I'm in the north of the United Kingdom (we don't use the S word round here), Aberdeen specifically. Being on the coast it's a little warmer than inland due to the thermal mass of the sea. Greenhouse is unheated (I don't even heat my house) and there are a few broken panes, though the path is sunken 300mm and reclaimed polyiso insulation from a refurb site and polystyrene leek trays from a nearby takeaway bin have been employed to retain the heat in the growing media.  Tomatoes are short-lived perennials, although I was growing them as annuals general winter malaise and can't-be-botheredness prevented me from clearing the greenhouse earlier. The tomato plants also act as a screen between my nosy neighbour's garden and my window.

I keep collecting bubble wrap when I see it in a skip but it's not a particularly good as thermal insulation.

It surprises me how plants I could have written off are in fact clinging onto life. Given the temperatures and frost they should all be dead. Though they look it, the plants are clearly still transporting nutrients to set seed. This evening I harvested all the toms one one side to make way for seedling trays. I think the variety that is still producing is (Super?) Marmande, though the labels are long gone.

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