Latest posts by Leggi

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 00:14
I think it was the RHS last year who stated that gardening had effectively skipped two generations. David Cameron then likened gardening to litter-picking and labelled it unskilled labour. Gardening at the moment, when people are working harder than ever to pay the bills, is at a really low ebb. It's such a shame as we all know the benefits we ourselves derive from our hobby, the childhood Christmas Day feeling you experience seeing the first sweet pea flower of the year, the taste of the first ripe tomato picked and seeing the bees return in the spring like an old friend.

Gardening has lost it's way a bit, in an age where society wants instant satisfaction (garden centres selling tomato plants with already fully ripe tommies on) we are facing a struggle. Things like local gardening clubs would do the world of good, allotment sites should invite local schools for visits and grow extra plants for the children to take home and we should all encourage our friends and family to take it up. Not because we know how to do things properly (or not most of the time in my case) but because we know the happiness sitting in the midst of summer garden brings, that hard work pays off and that really it's ok to be proud of something you've created.

I really hope this idea takes off, it's up to us though to try to make sure our enjoyment isn't wasted for another generation.


Posted: 08/03/2013 at 21:55
So sorry to hear about this but don't let them beat you, gardening is your enjoyment and these are the actions of those who have no joy in their lives. I feel sorry for them really.

As a side note you could try putting CCTV signs up even if there're no cameras, or intentions of them, but it might be enough to make them think twice.

New plants but panicking over predicted snow/frost this week!

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 21:21
I agree, get them in the garage for a few days until it's warmer. That way you know you won't lose anything. It sounds like a coldframe might be of use to you too, very reasonably priced these days in normal high street shops.

National Garden Scheme

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 18:41
Good luck to all entering, it would be lovely to see some photos of your hard work.

Lupins and delphiniums

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 21:14
Noticed my Lupins were coming back nicely yesterday, they are in pots though so maybe that keeps them a little more dry over winter.

Out of interest when is the best time to divide them?

forcing potatoes

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 20:13
Brilliant result there, well done.


Posted: 06/03/2013 at 15:31
Depends if he wants to force it or not though. It's still a bit early yet, mine are just starting to poke through.

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 22:57
I'm not sure but there is a thread somewhere in this section, Geoff will know I think he started it.

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 22:48
GQT is on Friday afternoons and then repeated on Sunday, I normally catch up on the BBC iplayer though, either when it's rainy or I'm a bit stressed out. I find it's an enjoyable relaxing listen.

Looking forward to GW coming back and Beechgrove being aired to those south of the border too.

Fork Handles

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 17:03
What a glorious day it's been, I bet there isn't a gardener in the country without a smile on their face, well, apart from the poor ones stuck in offices. Finished staining my carrot and potato planters today but managed to stain my hands too, have a seriously orange case of Essex hands. Managed to blob a load down the OH's leg too, which was fun.

Pie and mash for tea.

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