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Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 18:10

I'm not planning on starting an allotment.  I've 2 unused veg patches, one about 24x12 and the other about 18x12.  Aforesaid 'Oracle' used the smaller one and the other has been unused for many years.  I dug the larger one over last autumn, removing marestail by hand.  The soil is good, easy to dig but with good texture.

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:57

I'm just coming up to retirement and looking forward to having time in the garden.  I haven't grown fruit or veg for years and have forgotten anything I ever learnt about it.  The Oracle, otherwise known as my next-door-neighbour, has sadly died so I can't call upon his great knowledge of the subject.  That means I'm going to have to read up on things.  Any suggestions for good books on the subject would be appreciated.

As there will only be 2 of us to feed I also want to avoid planting too much of anything and suffering annual gluts and throwing away perfectly good food.

box hedge to wide and leaning over

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:49

It will look bad when first cut back but it will recover.

Stuck for a plant idea

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 09:23

Thanks Pansyface.  Sounds absolutely perfect.  Despite it being in the article about Cotswold Garden Flowers, it seems they don't actually stock it according to their own website.  Very odd.

I have managed to find another possible supplier, if they do postal.

Stuck for a plant idea

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 08:22

When my wife's mother died we planted a shrub in her memory.  As her name was Myrtle it didn't take a genius to come up with a suitable plant.  For my own mother we planted her favourite rose.

Now a very dear friend has died and I'd like to plant something in his memory.  The only problem is finding something appropriate as his name was Bob, never "Robert" unless we wanted to wind him up

In my search I've only come across on plant Acer Palmatum Bobs Big Green, which doesn't seem to be available in this country - I contacted an Acer specialist with the question. 

Does anybody have any bright ideas?

Council orders pensioner to cut back "dangerous" yew hedge "because of health a

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 08:17

Overgrown hedges can be a damn nuisance, and it would seem that this one falls into that category in some parts.  Yes it is a lovely looking hedge, but it has presumably expanded over the years and is now causing a problem.

I've seen comments about yew being extremely slow growing.  Somebody should tell my yew that!  If it's cut back it will look a mess for a time but it will grow back.

Bird feeders

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 08:23

I don't have any problems getting birds to use the seed feeders or eating the suet balls etc.  The problem I've always had is peanuts being ignored.  I've tried all manner of feeders over the years, and always a fresh supply of nuts but generally few takers.


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 14:26

The problem for the weather forecasters is that they are damned if they do and damned if they don't.  If they don't issue warnings they are criticised for that.  If they do issue warnings and the weather isn't as bad as forecast they are criticised for that.

Fishing for sympathy!

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 14:23

Look on the bright side. Emergency appendectomy is preferable to peritonitis which could have been the result without the surgery.

etesia rotary mower, strimmer

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 14:21

I tried that too.  It doesn't come up with much of use.  I guess that's why Jay asked the question.  Other than contacting the manufacturer / distributor I can't be any help either.

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late again 
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Probably shouldn't be surprised but...

dry / wet ground 
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EU bans glyphosate

nanny state again 
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Can you identify this please I don't have a scoobie 
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No Gardeners World and

it hasn't even been dumped for proper football! 
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"Sunken" area of lawn to raise it? 
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How do I add quotes from previous posts?

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When will people learn the difference...

between "metres square" and "square metres". 
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Apologies in advance...

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Chitting spuds

remove shoots or not. 
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Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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Last Post: 28/01/2016 at 21:24

If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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