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Latest posts by Jimbolena

watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 00:24

Hi, you can buy the sets anywhere, the factory shop, ebay, homebase.


Drip irrigation kits -- the full title.

watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:36

They look like a good idea, donutsmrs, very simple. I will look into the auto pots..

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.

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