- I love the outdoors and have a couple of years experience growing fruit and veg in my garden with varying success so have been researching techniques to improve growth, lawn condition and veg yields.
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14 Aug 2017 23:19
For those of us with bad shoulders, knees etc we have two options ... we can either get a professional to come along and do it for us, or we can buy a machine.
I bought one of these last year ... I've found it very effective and straightforward to use. I've recommended it to others who've said the same.
When I bought it it was in a sale at half price so it's worth shopping around.
Oh thank you, I will give it a go since the lawn is to large and me not so large thus I need assistance, I have paid for someone to do it in the past but figured to do it myself would be more cost effective if it lasts more than 2 seasons, and as this is guaranteed for 2 years it would be good, although it isn't an aerator so maybe I look for a Titan 2 in 1 to deal with the heavy clay soil that compacts very easily .
14 Aug 2017 23:14
I bought 3 grafted aubergine plants this year and they've done exceptionally well, so much so that I don't think I'll bother with seeds again.See original post
Agreed, just harvested 10 of various sizes 3-8inches... from 2 plants, made a mezzo with the tumbling toms and onions from the garden... happy.
12 Aug 2017 22:37
If you have any interest in wild life or conservation I wouldn't use bleach, have you tried jet washing?
The jet washer isn't cheap but a powerful one can be very effective, I have used one but it needs repeating each year at least depending on drainage and aspect. It also uses a lot of water.
Alternatively there is that Wet N Forget stuff that claims to be safe and has worked for me, I put it down 3 weeks before Christmas and the moss went brown then lifted as soon as the weather did, I have a few weeks pooping through now but very little moss. Again though I am not sure if it is really safe for the environment as they say not to use it near a pond or water course.
Nothing is really environmentally friendly in this regard is it? I would leave it if it weren't dangerously slippery in winter. :(
12 Aug 2017 22:32
I have two next to each other, but didn't plant them so don't know what variety.
Picture from June this year.See original post
They are pretty, are they always mixed like that?
12 Aug 2017 21:20
It's been a while since I attempted aubergines I gave up on seeds and bought a few from a nursery and had great crops this year... not sure what the lesson is here except Bob is right veg is an experiment isn't dependent on the weather isn't it. :)
12 Aug 2017 21:17
Hmm ok perhaps not... I might go for a qualcast not seen poor reviews, fairly inexpensive and an brand I know (well did).
Do you all do this by hand or not bother?
12 Aug 2017 21:16
This still confuses me but I am enjoying them :)
11 Aug 2017 10:24
I feel great about this potato harvest and last night they tasted great, the rest will store for a while.
I will have to work on getting rid of the scab next year, I have read sulphate of potash or superphosphate should do it... any ideas?
09 Aug 2017 19:46
100% cloud cover and still chucking it down now, good job I got a few jobs done while it was just drizzly and overcast yesterday, think I might be dodging rain drops for the next few days.
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09 Aug 2017 19:42
I've had 3+ large bowlfuls of tumbling toms from 4 plants, 2 in hanging baskets (not as many toms) and 2 in containers which have produced rather more.
I made 2 pints of passata with one batch, tomato soup with another and added the other to mince and home grown veg to make bolognese sauce which has been frozen. I was picking the odd few in between for salads too when it was hot. Like most veg they were very hungry and needed to be picked in batches, I think the ripening may be slowing down now so I may be looking at chutney for the last lot.
Fingers crossed we have enough time for them to ripen up... they ripen well indoors too.
09 Aug 2017 15:59
Getting an aerator/scarifier has been on my list of things to do for a while, with a heavy clay soil and a few weed and moss patches that appear over winter I was hoping this would help with lawn strength.
Also what are your thoughts on lawn mulch... yay or nay?
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09 Aug 2017 15:07
I love cream and green on garden sheds. Did myself in our last garden. However, here the sheds are staying brown as they are smaller and the garden is larger and in need of total reclamation and re-design. Sheds haven't even made it to the list of things to do.
Agree that in a small garden fence colour is important but think the colours should be subtle - pale, entle blues and greens will make them seem larger and brighter but, like Hosta, I think dark colours help them disappear and show off the plants.See original post
That's good to hear, they are at the end of the garden and hopefully the green will take the planting colour to the end rather than a blunt wooden fence look, I have planted a climbing rose back there to to get some green cover and colour, it's going well but will probably need a bit of attention re training etc.
Nutcutlet has a very good point, some people enjoy the gardening process so to speak and others just like to sit out. I have neighbours who don't like the process and do very little but when they do it is to try to get the outdoor room look as they want to sit and enjoy when they aren't working. I can see it's like horses for courses.
Personally I enjoy both but the planting is more important for me these days so we find places to sit amongst the planting, does that make me a grown up gardener? ;)
09 Aug 2017 13:49
I agree with the maintenance issue and that was my point about fashion, when it changes, if you change your mind about what looks good then you have the job of changing it.
I had a neighbour that painted all their fences blue in the 90's *yes it trickled through and was annoying especially as one fence was mine, it looked lovely at the time although 15 years later was still blue and looked tired and dated, then they told me it felt overwhelming but they were 15 years older and unable to upkeep it themselves so had to pay to have it painted out.
That said colour on fences in smaller gardens can look great when they are brightened up with colour as the colour is there all year around isn't it.
It's raining so hard here I am not sure I will get a chance to paint ours green/cream :(
08 Aug 2017 20:25
Yes indeed, thanks for replying, it's an off white colour not quite cream but I cannot remember the name. I am only concerned that painting things in the garden is about fashion and fashion can change more than I am willing and able to paint them out again.... still I have bought the paint now and am just waiting for a very dry day as we have filled the holes and replaced the roofs so this is the last bit of renovation to rejuvenate and try to preserve the out buildings so to speak. :)
08 Aug 2017 20:04
Would anyone here paint a summer house and shed willow green with a white border on windows?
I will leave our fence panels/trellis the nice warm natural wood colour that they are.
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11 Jul 2017 17:41
I thought the soil had a lot to do with the colours?See original post
So did I. It's a clay soil.
11 Jul 2017 17:41
I used the same fertiliser on them and no other soil amendment well except the odd bit of water from the fish pond nearby. They were faded and mixed last year but this year are distinctly different.
I inherited them in the garden so don't know what type they are but they are pretty, even though not all fully open at the moment.
11 Jul 2017 17:26
Year after year I have blue and pink next to each other. Am I just lucky or are they actually different types?
19 Jun 2017 16:21
I am on my second batch of radishes and will replant spinach and salad leaves as although I was picking they bolted.
05 Mar 2017 01:25
Sooner rather than later. I'm amazed you haven't seen any frogs yet. When I had a pond we generally saw them from mid Feb onwards.See original post
Indeed there have been one or two sitings of frog spawn already, guess it depends where you are.