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Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 11:46

We clean out our water butts (3) every year.  Remember also to clean the lid thoroughly and to ensure that it fits snugly.  We don't use any chemicals or organic materials to clean them, just a good scrubbing brush and a strong hose and we've not had any problems so far (almost 4 years).  The water butts are attached to the shed and greenhouse gutters and these are kept clear, my husband doing the biz once a month, particularly in the autumn, winter, as we have a lot of trees around.

What's in your potting shed?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 12:29

What's in there?  You mean apart from the humungous, huge, hairy beasties that I promise to help my husband with in the spring and autumn, only to run screaming down the garden at the sheer speed of those 8 legs all working in concert...doesn't bear thinking about (I've since heard about conkers and managed last autumn to get the inside ringed with them at floor level.  One to 2 weeks will tell me if it works or not!)

Office plant suggestions please

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 12:25

Easter and Christmas cactus...survive all sorts of atmospheres from steamy to air conditioned, and seem to thrive on neglect.  Then, when they flower, they are gorgeous for many weeks.

fushia big one

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 12:07

Hardy fuchsias are the best!  Over the years I've cut them back early and late, I've moved them at various times in the year - and they've all survived.  Even if a 'mistake' causes the shrub to be a little thin, weedy and few flowers one year, do it properly the next and it will take off once again.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 15:06

Checked my seedlings in the greenhouse (all gathered in the autumn from hollyhock, delphinium, aquilegia, etc.).  Emptied my kitchen compost and stirred the bin well. Checked on my new leaf container (handy having a hubby with DIY skills!) and stirred that too - mulching down nicely now...then gave all the garden plants a good talking to.  Shall read all my January back issues of GW over the next couple of days.  As garden centres are now 'destinations', we'll probably visit a couple of the next few days - the ones with the best coffeeshops! - and get some more ideas.  Ain't life grand?

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 14:55

When we moved into our house in Canada in 1992, the previous occupants left behind 2 African violets.  One lasted about 10 years before finally expiring.  However, the other flowered 3 times per year until 2011, when we moved out.  The next occupants didn't move in straight away so I gave it to another neighbour to look after until they did.  When they moved in, it was in full flower and I advised her where in the house to keep it.  I am told it is still going strong...probably around 25 years old by now!

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 14:50

All the usual suspects:  blackbirds, a thrush, a cheeky robin, pigeons, collared doves, blue and great tits, long-tailed tits.  However, great excitement today...the windowbox, now full of blue pansies and ivy, is being seriously investigated by a wren.  She's been backwards and forwards a few times today, and spends a little while burrowing around in there.  I fear the spring windowbox may be a no-no this year and I'll have to wait until after fledging to replant if she does decide that this is a 'des res' in wren terms!!

Greenhouse panels

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 10:23

My greenhouse is actually a summerhouse!  When we moved in to our place 3 years ago, there was a beautiful red cedar octagonal summerhouse in the back, barely used.  We called in a local company who make greenhouses, summerhouses etc. and they said the previous owners wouldn't have got much change from £3,500.00 when they bought it, and it had barely been used.  So, we got the company to replace the wooden roof with perspex and, for £600.00, got a beautiful greenhouse of top quality, the equivalent of which would have cost up to £3,000.00 - simples!  Of course, it's unheated and I have to go out to open the windows for ventilation but at the moment it has all my dahlia tubers, pelargonium and other patio plants duly cut back waiting for growing season plus a selection of nicely growing seedlings that I gathered back in the autumn - penstemon, aquilegia, delphinium, hollyhock, etc. etc.  With the wood panels at the bottom (about 2.5 feet), it's frost proof, hides all my bits and bobs.  The added bonus was that my hubby built in 2 lots of staging with the wood from the original roof.  What more could I want?!!

Christmas quiz questions

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 14:17

What a great quiz!  Would be ideal for a 'join in' Christmas party - instead of charades.  I still have a couple of 'what on earth can that be?' but I shall prevail!

Tree identification

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 14:12

Crab apple, definitely. Makes lovely jelly - if a bit fiddly to do - but great for small Christmas gifts.  However, you do not have to peel and pip them to do so so you save lots of time there.  If you don't want to do that, leave the fruit on and, if we get a good hard January with lots of frost, you'll get lots of fieldfares and they'll strip the whole lot within 48 hours!



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