Gardening Grandma

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Get thrifty

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 08:33

Water plants with diluted cold tea.

Go to car boot sales and think laterally about the items there. Lidless teapots and handleless jugs make pretty planters.So do old wicker baskets. A multitude of items make seed trays, as detailed by others above. There are lots of old flower pots and planters for sale. An old household sieve under the pipe leading to a water butt strains the water. Some people sell their surplus plants there. There are second-hand garden tools. Old bubble-wrap insulates pots in winter. A discarded baby bath makes a veg planter with built-in drainage. An old dustbin pierced with holes makes a good potato planter. Woolly jumpers make hanging basket liners. An empty plastic container in the bottom of a hanging basket helps prevent it from drying out. I love boot sales!

|Just learned a new trick

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 08:10

It is a great idea, I gave up growing veg because of the effort of washing clayey carrots and potatoes when I could buy them ready-cleaned. Pathetic, I know!

I'm a bit scared of using the pressure washer on the conmservatory roof in case it finds any weaknesses in the sealing and makes them worse.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 08:01

I wonder what house prices are like there! Wales is utterly beautiful, but oh, so wet!

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 07:54

BTW, what I really meant about a spot that suits irises is a spot where they don't fight other plants and can be shown at their best. Another problem of my small garden.

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 07:52

Interesting, Frank. I live in Bridgend. My father was stationed in London in the army, and in those days you had to cross the River Severn into Wales on a ferry. He told me that it always started raining as he entered Wales. We get sun, of course, but for the last few years it has been very wet anf fairly cold.

Lucky3, thanks for the information about sowing peony seeds, you make me feel like trying it.


July in the garden!!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:02

Great photos, Tina. Where the heck do you live, Inkadog?

Plant or weed what is it.

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 21:06

In that case, you'll soon find out for sure because they start flowering in July. Are the leaves dark green above and silvery underneath? The flowers are purplish.

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 20:35

i have a sickly one, too. I might have planted it too deep, though I tried not to. I think it is because it is being crowded by very tough and aggressive bearded irises. I'm going to take out the thugs and give it more room. I haven't yet found a spot that really suits irises. They like warmth but the idea of letting them bake in the sun in the Welsh climate is laughable.

Poppy seed

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 20:29

I had the same problem with Welsh poppies. I scattered the seed all around the garden, along the edges of walls and even cracks in the drive. Not a bean! All I have are the few that self-seeded arounf my original plant.

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 20:21

Late spring and early summer. 

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