- Small east facing garden in the suburbs of Manchester. Enjoy growing lots of flowers from seed,now learning how to grow something tasty as well as just the pretty stuff.
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Yesterday at 00:13
If anyone can think of a suitable climber , it would be the perfect excuse to erect a trellis (instant screening) for a plant that you "adore" and simply can't live without
it has to be there, cause it's the perfect aspect
2 days ago at 22:58
Think positive....... Bats swooping over your garden, hoovering up the bugs is a million times better than finding a patch of Japanese Knotweed
2 days ago at 22:49
If you want to grow chillies in your greenhouse, I would buy some small plants rather that starting from seed now. They can take quite a time to germinate and need extra warmth to get going. I sowed my seed in a heated propagator at the end of Jan and they're still quite small plants.
Do you have a large balcony? Sweetcorn is best grown in blocks of plants (eg. 6x6 square) for pollination.
The weight of lots of very large planters full of soil is another thing to consider with balcony gardens.
2 days ago at 22:29
Oh. If they're simply flying around in the area then I can't see any problem with you renovating the garden then.
Good luck with your future home purchase .
2 days ago at 22:21
Sorry I know it's a cheeky answer.......but I couldn't resist.
2 days ago at 22:08
I dunno either Cloggie . I was blasting horizontally in the front garden where the fence is only 3ft high (5ft shrub). Some of them could have landed directly onto the shrubs on the other side
Maybe someone clever will enlighten us as to whether I'm a bad neighbour or not?
2 days ago at 21:53
I'd do as Doghouse suggested and use the threat of Facebook and Twitter. Lots of company's seem to back down under the force of bad publicity on social media.
2 days ago at 21:41
I agree with learnincurve's advice to grow what you like to eat. If space on your balcony is limited, think vertically. You could spend your voucher on a nice strawberry pot, they can be pricey. I've never grown strawberries so no idea how good they are but it could be a practical use of space
I'm trying out a new patio tomato this year "minibel" which is supposed to be a heavy cropper, good in pots, and compact. I have read good reviews of "sungold" too. Maybe one for me to try next year
I started out with a plastic greenhouse similar to yours. I used it for seedlings mainly. I currently have a 6x4 plastic one. I grew tomatoes, bell peppers, chillies, cucumbers and cucamelons in it last summer. It's currently full of seedlings waiting for warmer weather so they can go outside.
2 days ago at 21:23
If you have concerns that the bats may be roosting in the attic of the home or outbuildings, why not simply ask the estate agents? I thought there was a legal obligation to disclose this sort of issue. Maybe I'm wrong? No harm in asking.
2 days ago at 21:12
Good to know they're tasty Dove. Grew my first ones last year "Atena" I think, another yellow one. Hope to do better this year, had a bit of downy mildew due to underwatering. Still learning
2 days ago at 21:06
Evening all. I've been outdoors all day, now I'm shattered. Gardening, laundry and small people . Great nephews round to play, closely followed by the two munchkins from nextdoor plus their new kitten, who had great fun exploring my outdoor space. My two 😾😾 stayed inside in disgust at the sight of the new little fella.
Nice scab there Pansy, and hair free legs too 👍. Yeti sightings? Yup, I'll hold my hand up to that one . Every day when I look in the mirror
Love the smell of germoline and I use zoflora in my mop bucket for the kitchen floor. A habit I picked up from my days as a florist, customers used to come in and say "Oh, don't all the flowers smell wonderful in here". I didn't have the heart to tell them it was the disinfectant and all the b!ooms had been bred to within an inch of their lives for colour, not scent
2 days ago at 20:44
Good advice from Dove and Magpie Michelle. I'm growing "gold rush" this year from seeds. Mine won't go out until June. I'm container growing too....tiny garden
Edit: oops, that was primrose
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2 days ago at 20:35
Hello Wilson, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new home (and garden)
Yes, you should cut all the grass. Not too short for now, I'd set your mower to it's highest setting for the first cut. Rake out the thatch (the dead brown grass) and read up on a lawn renovation programme.
I'm no lawn expert but it would probably benefit from a weed & feed lawn treatment, others here may be able to advise better.
If you have any plants, shrubs or weeds you are unsure of, post a pic, and hopefully we can help to identify what they are and how to care for them or kill them off .
Good luck, and I look forward to seeing your progress in your new garden
2 days ago at 09:21
Never had it but think it's called "jack by the hedge". Have seen it on the forum, and recently in some local waste ground.
2 days ago at 09:17
I'm not that squeamish and squish aphids bare handed. Heavy infestations get blasted off with the hose... but I wonder where they go to? I jetted a shrub beside a low boundary fence last summer and worried that I was simply spraying them into next doors plants
I draw the line at scale insect on my acer, and use a bit of tissue paper to scrape them off....I don't like the fluff
Those disposable gloves are good for slug picking Buttercup, the slime is a beggar to scrub off your fingers
2 days ago at 09:06
I'm no expert...but if you sterilized soil, wouldn't you be killing all the microorganisms in it? Wouldn't that mean the soil was "dead"? I thought that healthy soil was crawling with beneficial stuff...... lovely earthworms etc.
2 days ago at 08:56
Yes LB, no chance of anything interesting randomly popping up here
I might just leave him to creep down the crack for a bit. The rest of it had willowherb in it. It's by the dumping corner.....out of sight, out of mind
2 days ago at 08:50
Dump it I say.( and the dogs)See original post
And the box, eh Hosta
2 days ago at 08:47
Impressive handiwork there gareth 👍. Looks great
Would love to see another photo when it's planted up.
2 days ago at 08:40
Good morning all . Bright blue skies, warm and sunny here, hope it lasts.
I have more than one of those bags here 'snot my fault..... I have little fabric fold up ones in my handbag..... It's the Things & OH who bring in more and more "bags for life" every week and never re-use them .