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Seed swap

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 10:45

I picked up a packet of hollyhock seeds in wilko's last week and put them back when I read the £4.25 price on the back last weekend I was shocked.

I hope the seed swap carrys on, I've had some lovely parcels last year and can't wait to sow my seeds and I'm sure I will have loads of spare seeds and a stamp certainly doesn't cost £4.25!!

Some of the seeds I bought on the net last year, hardy geraniums, never germinated and I think its invaluable to learn from people who've already grown the plant.

Whats your plans for the garden this year?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 10:30

Don't know what your plans are Gold but if you have a look in the 'potting shed' a lot of members here have been seed swapping , the price of stamp is much cheaper than a packet of seeds and members here have some lovely varities flowers and veg

Whats your plans for the garden this year?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 10:17

What a nice project Gold and welcome to the forum, there is lots of advice and help available here .

I too have the constraints of working full time and long hours, it is unfortunately a necessary evil for me and I miss my garden, I've sat doing nothing all morning after feeding the birds and watched Mr Blackbird tucking into his grapes, lovely lazy saturday mornings...  keep us posted with your progress, hopefully as Nutcutlet says we'll have a better gardening year this year

Seeds are up

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 09:42

Glad to hear it. 

My neighbour is growing under light in his greenhouse and being a nosey parker lol I had to ask,, orchids that take 2 years to mature (I have to say I have greenhouse envy lol).

Well I've dragged oout the seedling compost, vermiculite and perlite and I'm away larkspur need to chill and I have some granny bonnets so I'm getting wrapped up and going out to play

Whats your plans for the garden this year?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 09:33

Sam your garden has come on really well, love the sink and Kevin looks happy , Nutcutlet what a lovely dell, lots of work though, clearing it all is the key but if your anything like me I get impatient with the preperation and want it done 'now' lol.

Busy-Lizzie that is a lovely shed, my clematis have all died back but hopefully they will come back as good this year.

I really enjoy looking at pics of your gardens it gives so much inspiration and the before and afters are great. 

I have some hard landscaping to do this year, want to move and repair one of my sheds, create more privacy in the garden as we are mid terraced and overlooked.  its taken me a while to figure out how to work with the huge tree's in my relatively small garden and the slopes, we don't have a single level area in the whole garden, but this year, thanks to this forum and books I've been reading I think I've finally got it.

I'll post up some picture of my projects as I go and would love to see everyone elses, at least we can offer one another positive encouragment and advice and that is priceless

Carol Klein's Life in a Cottage Garden

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 09:19

Fab programme  such a shame its only 4 weeks and covers the whole year in Carol's garden.

What an inspirational woman, full of energy and enthusiasm I love her passion.  It certainly gave me a much needed garden lift, last night was summer  

Seeds are up

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 09:13

Good morning all .

Wow you've all been so busy, I sat last weekend and ordered my seeds and was going to spend this weekend researching which ones needed a chill and I could sow.

I'm so glad the days are drawing out but still very wary of the threatened snow so I think I'm going to wait a couple of weeks.  I made a few mistakes last year and was too late for most things and had some lovely toms but they never rippened so decided to keep a journal this year to make sure I keep notes (or try to) and learn by my mistakes.

can you save seeds from cut flowers?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 19:06

I had some success with snapdragon seeds and echinops last year from cut flower seeds I saved.  I would much rather have a plant but if I get cut flowers I try to at least have a go and salvage something from them.

Carol Klein's Life in a Cottage Garden

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 19:04

I've set a reminder last week , I have the book and am really looking forward to it after the void of no Gardeners World on Friday evening it'll be great.

Health and safety!!

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 18:08

My neighbour doesn't even bother with council they just damage or cut any plants in my garden they don't like even to the point of chopping 5ft off my boundary hedge which my council simply ignored and told me it was domestic dispute (I must add we had been friends with our beighbours and I had kept the hedge neat and tidy, I wanted to keep it because of the wildlife here.)

I can understand that plants and gardening is not everones cup of tea but surely a comprise of sorts could have been reached without taking such measures. Although if the lady ignored complaints etc I guess it reached that point. 

Just a shame, one persons pleasure has been taken away when maybe it could have been changed for everyones enjoyment as it is a communal area.

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