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Latest posts by Jimbolena

watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 00:28

I live in the Scotland too, and go away now and again, I love my garden and don't like to impose on folk to water all my plants, my parents will do it no bother but they're miles away and it's not fair on them.

Anyway, I rigged my own system, it wasn't dear but is taking it a bit seriously, as you need a large container, a timer and irrigation. I've some photos, taken from last year, you don't need the guttering feeding the water butt, but as the guttering was with the greenhouse, I rigged it up. I did all this because I wanted to and enjoy these type of things enormously. 

Irrigation kits cost £5, a water butt is £15 and a timer is £10 so the cost is time, and a wee bit of fiddling about.

See my photos

The hose going into the top is from the house so if there's not been any rain, I fill the butt, it doesn't happen very often as there's a lot of rain and the guttering is very efficient.

These timers are super easy to rig up and set up, they come with instructions that are really easy to follow.

I just have my timer set for twice a day, at the cool parts of the day, the drippers just drip away for 20 mins twice a day.

Of course these are last years photos but I was out yesterday, starting to set it up again. Hope this is useful to you.  and I haven't bored you ! 


Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:08

I made a wee vid.....


Only a short vid but it running water after all.

I need to tidy it all up tomorrow after my boring work.


Lavender hedge

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 20:13

To be fair Rosemary, the gardener I worked for filled half the hole with sharp sand. I feel that's a mistake. He was told they needed good drainage, I've found I just plant them in the soil in my garden and they've always grown good and strong.

I have heard and not just from my own experience, that they don't like fuss but I'm sure they'll be fine, just plant away. I'm sure that some very experienced gardeners will help you no problem, I'm sorry I worried you about my story...I feel the sand was a bad idea.

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 20:05

I got some honey bee, san marzano, black cherry and gardeners delight.

Your toms sounds very interesting Lisa..

Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 20:01

Thank you 

Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:59

 I need not have worried the pressure is spot on, perfect in fact!

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:44
My wife makes beautiful green tomato chutney so green is okay with me, I've some seeds sown in the greenhouse, lots of varieties, it's my first go from seed, I've always gone to garden centres for plants but the varieties here in Dumfries are poor and I want some different things.
No seedlings have appeared yet but we've no heat as yet so patience I think.

Any wrinkles on growing tomatoes successfully from seed?

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:22

Great I'll do that, got the seed sat there ready, will get the rake out tomorrow.. if not too wet, it rained a bit today so we'll see.........thanks for your help.

Lavender hedge

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:20

I suppose it may look quite nice to dot randomly a few at informal points for some interest, if they grow at different rates, you'd have to wait till they were a certain size before shaping the hedge. I dare say you could cut back the stronger one a little harder then the weaker.

I'm growing the same sort of hedge I spoke of, 2 different varieties, it's very early stages and I hope they go for it this summer. be really interesting to see how it develops.

Lavender hedge

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:13

I'm trying to grow a lavender hedge too, I had a go a few years ago when I first started gardening..I, in my inexperience, cut the lavender back really hard but far too late in the year, not one plant survived. As it's a fair few plants needed I just couldn't afford to buy a load of them... There was a deal on for 25 plugs for next to nothing from an ad on gardeners world so I've been raising them and will have another shot at it.

So I've learned not to prune to hard to late. I hope this is useful to anyone thinking on it..pretty obvious, if you know I suppose.

Another lavender horror story I came across was of a Chinese lady, a gardener and a garden centre. The lady wanted 50 lavender plants right round her garden, a lawn and all those lavenders and nothing else. That's fine...whatever she wanted was her choice....actually sounds quite nice...if you had acres of land you could have a dedicated lavender garden, anyway the gardener I was working for asked for advice from the garden centre on how to plant it, they said good drainage and good compost, so he did all that.......all 50 plants died!! I believe he planted another 50 plants and they all died too....I've seen this chap I do occasional work for but daren't ask how that saga turned out, a very sore point indeed.

So I learned not to fuss lavender, I hope he did too. I just plant mine in any old soil after that, the less fuss the better in my view.

Sorry it's a bit long winded but hard lessons to learn and best shared. 

Discussions started by Jimbolena

Water Features

running water in a wildlife garden? 
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