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Plant addiction

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 01:06

Verdun, I thought it was just cakes and Yorkie puds that did it for you! Sadly, I can only supply the yorkies Amongst a couple of my friends, our obvious parts of anatomy got the nick-name of Dimmocks a few yrs ago. Although how she could garden braless with that much is beyond me! Even my fried eggs need a bit of support One friend had a reduction cos they got in the way Wish I'd had the choice

I'm just learning the ornamental plants that I like. I always grew indoors, or fruit n veg until recently.

I wish I could look back to posts on the last page to answer them without losing the post I am making. How do I do that?

Bit of Fun,/Brain-tease

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 00:47

My 6 Y O son has decided that this yr he wants to plant an ALPHABETICAL EDIBLE garden in his two old sandpit containers. He has around 15 sq ft, 10" deep, or double when his 11 y o brother gives up! Previously,he has sown seeds and potted out plants without my knowledge, and has done very well, better than when I try to tutor him! Was found, after a panicked search at 2 yo, happily sowing peas far too deep in wee pots, in our garage, not listening to our frantic calls. His grew best that yr!

So, tonight, we have tried to find an edible plant for every letter of the alphabet. He has only fallen down on 2 letters. Some will not grow in his space, so I promised that if he can find all of them, he can have some real space in the open or veg gardens. I will not help him, he has computer use tomorrow to find them, but I thought I would put it out to you all, so he may have more choices once he finishes the task. I filled all, but only by using latin names and one variety name.

The rules are

Some part of the plant MUST be edible, whether raw or cooked (he thought of some usually ornamental plants, eg roses, so hips, and was allowed)

Common Name or Latin name can be used

Variety name only allowed if nothing else available for the letter. 

No looking up in books or on internet. Just what you know.

You may be surprised at the plants he has chosen, for his age. I was struggling, hence allowing Latin and variety names. It's harder than you think!

I look forward to your ideas, the more unusual, the better. W has shown so much aptitude/green fingers, that I don't believe in making things too easy for him. He can make his choices, I'll ask for advice if I don't know, but I will essentially leave it to him. Oh, he's autistic, too! Very good at some things, awful at others, but I believe in a challenge, especially if he sets it! So the challenge is set. Don't think about growing conditions, just at least one edible plant for EVERY letter of the alphabet. Bet It's harder than Sudoko!

I will post his original list, with the 2 'looked up' ones, after seeing what you all came up with.

Bit of fun? Brain training! I'm really interested to see what you all come up with!



Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 01:16

Hi, all, we may be getting plants moved out of Scotland/the North, but it's the next legs we need to sort.

FG can you go to Kendal if my OH can't? Lizzie seems to have something sorted from there, but don't know exactly what yet till I get her PM.

Plant addiction

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 01:05

Verdun, I'm with you on this one, having now had my garden for 3 yrs. This yr I am removing all the plants I don't much like and planting out others. But for space, I am kind of using some of the same ideas I do for my veg. To have one thing coming into flower or season as another fades. May take me a few yrs to get it right, but that's the plan. Also going for a 'potager' in one border, with pernnial veg, but they have to look good. I do need more evergreens and winter interest, but have limited budget so I get cuttings wherever possible to grow on. Slow but very satisfying, and always reminds of where I got them when I look at them.

Scott,BB and Charley, not sure whether having a partner to sneak plants past might be a good thing! Don't dare to go near wilko, Poundstretcher, B&Q, or any garden Centre at this time of yr. My wants are much bigger than either my budget or space. I do hope to sell some plants this yr to fund my obsession, though. Ebay and a stall at the Gala and any passers by. Instead of giving the whole lot away.

I can't stop taking fuchsia cuttings to grow new experimental twisted standards, though. Awfully heavy on compost, pots, canes and string! Have had some successes and some failures, but doubt I can part with any, except as special presents. A matched pr with crossed stems are looking good for my landlady and close friend when she has her baby soon!

The Flooded Gardens thread has helped my seed obsession though! please look and donate if you can! (A shameless plug, again)

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 00:41

Sorry, All. I knocked a drink over my laptop, so have been computerless for a few days! Dried it out on radiator and in a bag of rice, and HEY PRESTO, away it goes again! Took a while to figure the internet again, but it was just my date settings, Phew, how lucky am I? As usual, I had not backed things up. Get The OH to do that when he comes! So many jobs waiting for him, poor love!

THANK YOU AND WELL DONE ALL.The first box of 384 packets is going away on Sat. Was hoping to make it 400, but I still need to sow some before I can share the rest of mine. Andrew should get it Mon or Tues. All of your notes were included to show how you all care.

Mark1963. If yours happen to come before the box goes, I'll sneak them in, otherwise they will be the first for the next box.

Lizzie, well done yourself! How far from the M6 is the Kendal address? PM me with it.I can certainly ask him. Poor man is really getting dragged into this for me, bless him! He might end up sorry he met me!

OL, might you be going down the M6 to Hull? If so, when, and maybe we can sort something. But we need a collection point after my OH recieves plants, as he has nowwhere to keep them for more than a day or two. Or if OH could collect them on way to mine, then drop of at Kendal on 1st. He is travelling up on 20th April. PM me to let me know.

Love the housework quote, Lizzie. I shut my eyes when I come in on good days. But the garden is important too, seeing as I'm feeding the kids from it But how easy it is to put off indoor jobs when the weather is even half-decent. Planning first outdoor sowings tomorrow, weather allowing. Hooray! Lovely warm soil under plastic, fleece waiting. Kids at a friends for the day. Can't wait NOOOO housework AT ALL till tea-time! (might just put out the washing)

Human irrigation system

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:07

Love and best wishes to you, Mike. I'll be thinking of you. Keep up your posting and let us know how you are going on. Think positively. xxx

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 00:16

Mark1963, Where in scotland are you working? I'm nr Ayr. Have PM'd my Address for seeds. They will have to go in the next box, now, but I don't think this will be a short -term project, as long as everyone can keep up the enthusiasm, and it is appreciated.

Ryan, good on you and Your Mum.

Artjak, I see your point. This was something amongst the many appeals that we see every day that I could help with. I could use a little time, very little money (that I am short of myself), and hopefully make a little difference.

Everyone, My partner has pointed out that he could also meet anyone at Preston 'Tickled Trout' junction, as M55, M65, M61 and M6 all very easily accessible from there. Initially to move my plants, (and any more) from Scotland on 1st May to Haydock, or if anyone can take further.

Any Ideas gratefully received. Lizzie is nowhere nr us!


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 21:03

Tiffany, hope you weren't meaning how to share the critters Got plenty of my own, thanks!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 20:58

Lizzie, I can easily have a boot load ready if you have an idea. Don't want to dig up too much too soon, until something sorted, as I will just bag and box them, not enough bigger pots for that. I have Hostas, hemerocallis, Iris,chives, phlomis and some things I'm still trying to remember the names of! Lots of primroses and cowslips too. PM me if you come up with something. OH going home 1st or 2nd May.

4th Panda Big thank you to your 4th Chelmsford Guides, your seeds came today.

That is the first box closed later, after I split my newly arrived seed packets. Courier ordered for Thurs Morn, so they are on their way 

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THIS FIRST BOX OF SEEDS. Will  give the final count once I have divided mine up, but looking like well over 300 packs. 

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 03:23

Artjak, as  I think you know, I am nr Ayr in Scotland. Was without any transport until last wk, but now have hatchback with more space than the dead estate I had before, once seats down! However, even without, My partner can take further, but only every 6 wks or so. He will move plants from Ayr to Haydock, but I can't see many people close to Ayr on here. And everyone on that thread has sent seeds. Can't find anyone who hasn't. Whilst great to look for the transport we so desperately need (which I have just asked for over there), I think we need to re-name to get more support, or start new thread. It has been mentioned that re-naming might get nothing. But you have asked for transport on a second thread. And the only answers have come from those who answered before That has re-awoken the thread a little , but only one offer of transport, and one that I may be able to sort. Zelda I have not met here before but I will,of course, take the seed offer. Did I give you my address for seeds? Just in case, will PM you now.

No-one but you should re-name this thread,Artjak, or the last that lead to it. But I feel that we could attract More people to your cause with a different name. One small change has the potential of more seeds to me, more plants to Rosie, and maybe an offer of transporting them all. We need more exposure of your idea. However, my first seed box is going off with just short of 400 packs from our regular viewers.

Or, if no re-name, could it be posted in every forum category, so that those who only check thier own interests would see it come up?

Sorry you started this, Yet?

Don't be. You are a love!

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