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in need of a garden shed

Posted: Yesterday at 20:27

You could also ask around the other allotmenteers, one of them might be thinking of getting a new one. The other solution might be to buy a plastic garden storage box, which is probably long enough for spade/ fork etc and mine has a lock point on it.

Good luck with your new allotment!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:18

Had a rethink about the steeply sloping bed I've just put the new water butt in at the bottom behind a rose arch. We need to occasionally get to the down pipe to clear it so have put 3 paving slabs across the slope to make that job easier. Also means that I'll be able to get in there and weed more easily. Had to dig up some bergenia, heathers and irises to do it so potted them up while I think where else they could go.

Was very pleased to find a lovely pale pink Corydalis I thought had died last year has just popped up in my shady patch near to another new one called Blackberry Wine so hastily put a few slug pellets down. Stopped for a late lunch and then rain stopped play so spent a happy hour or so looking through my Plant Labels box (A to Z - very organised!). I've started to write on them the year I bought the plant and where it is which is a great help sometimes. Roll on Spring!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 17:19

Thanks obelixx, I did think of bfb but we have badgers patrolling in the lane outside and I have heard that they are particularly partial to bfb. I can't keep them out so don't want to do anything to attract them into the garden.

Might try the rose food though.

Today it's been dry and sunny although very windy, so OH and I battled to erect a new rose arch which is now in place - I think it's straight!


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 20:13

We also had lots of the wet, white stuff pouring down but managed to nip out and put some slug pellets around my new delphinium shoots while I remembered in case the slugs came out and did a rain dance.

Also put some Growmore around my witch hazel which hasn't flowered for the 2nd year running - anybody got any ideas as to how I can get it going again?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:20

Only nipped out this morning to refill the bird feeders and cut down some of the dead stalks off the perennials while it was dry. Yesterday I hacked down a rather large cotinus "Grace" so hope I haven't killed it.  Bit worried also about my lovely rose "Ispahan" which I also had to cut down prior to the new rose arch going up.


Hello everyone

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:33

Hi Madges-Plot,

just had a look at your choice which looks good - but huge!  May I suggest you check the measurements to see if your path beside the bungalow is wide enough or isn't that an issue?

I'm rather envious though, we've got a large garden with 5 butts already and it's still not enough when it's very dry! The 6th is being installed today, weather permitting.

Anyone a winner?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:07

Your'e not the only unlucky one - I've never won anything either!

Hello everyone

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 15:27

Hello Madges-Plot,

Welcome to the forum.

I've just bought via Amazon a Whitefurze G29WB 230 litre green water butt complete with lid, stand, tap & diverter kit for £43.95 inc free delivery which I thought was the best deal online for the size I wanted (it's quite big). Often you have to buy the stand and/or the diverter kit separately so I was pleased this all came together at a very reasonable price.

I only dug out the base for it yesterday so haven't fixed it up but it feels quite sturdy and strong.

Hope this helps.

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:08

I agree on sambucas nigra as I've got two the same. They are lovely plants. You can either cut them down hard each year for spectacular foliage or lightly prune if you want the pinkish flowers. Mine looked fabulous one year with the pale pink foxgloves underneath and grey/white lychnis coronia.

It's only the elder flowers that are edible - either steeped to make elderflower cordial or used in jellies I think?


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 16:56

Lovely sunny day here so got stuck in digging out a base (on a bank) to put my new water butt on. Dug down till I hit clay and then leveled it flat to put the paving slab on, then had to do a bit of retaining wall behind the butt to keep the soil back. Next job is to cut a longer pipe for the diverter bit as the one supplied is not long enough to fit and I'll probably have to fix a bit of pipe on the tap as well so it sticks out through the new rose arch I'm hopefully putting in front of the water butt. Not an easy job to do (or describe!) but I'm getting there.

It took 3 hours so I hope my back's not going to kill me tomorrow! First bit of proper gardening this year - and I've just agreed to open the garden again for Weston Village Open Gardens so there'll be lots more to do.

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