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What to do now?

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 23:51

Hello Peroxiss, welcome to the site

I use this couple of months to have a little rest from the hard stuff. I have plants in the greenhouse, seedlings, so sometimes I will pot some on, check for any dead leaves, general tidy up. I had a pond this year, so I like to take a stroll down to see that, there is a chair down there, so can just sit. Its nice to just go out and do nothing.

The garden, now I have almost finished mulching, will get left, the frosts or snow will stop the weeds growing, they will be back with a vengance in the Spring, so not worth bothering now.

After Christmas, I will get all my seeds out, put them in sowing order, that will start in Feb. Thats about it I think, take it easy now, you will be double busy in the Spring with seeds, cuttings, dividing etc.


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 23:38

Pleased to see you Gran 

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 20:41

Thanks Ed and there are loads more nice things to make


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 20:36

I used to make bread when the children were at home, I can remember once making some with stone ground flour and my son said... oh lovely, house bricks for tea.

Does anyone remember the strike when we couldnt buy bread? The stuff we were making then!

Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 20:17

You're a witty lot 

large beds

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 20:14

Heres the 7ft wide one, this was only dug in the winter and planted this Spring. I am in no way wanting to boast, I just want to show what can be done in a short time and to encourage peole to take the plunge. Most of the plants are bee and butterfly friendly.

Dove will remember this border when it was a long row of leylandaii.

I live in awe of the miracle of it, just plant some seeds and look what they turn into!!!






Posted: 14/12/2014 at 19:20

Come on Gran, where are you, we are all going to have to insist in a minute.

I have a feeling we have all reassured her and she will post agsin.

large beds

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 19:06

Neil. There is nothing special or difficult to grow in there, all grown from seeds and bare root plants, then divided, I should have a spectacular show of geraniums next year thanks to Bekkie and others, and lots of seeds to in for a change.

That border was only planted up in Spring 2012, yours will grow on very quickly once you make a start, keep us posted with before and after pics.

Heres that bed in Spring/early summer, the main thing is to keep it full, set some seeds in March/april time for the following year, dig it well, plenty of compost or well rotted farmyard manure, put some daffs in for winter colour, unless you have lots of money spare, a border like that will take time because you cant just put one of anything in, it has to be a group of at least three.

Thats why mine is all seeds, cuttings and bare roots. Ask around, neighbours may have some bits for you, check on the internet so you know how tall they will grow.

Parkers do some good bargains like 30 plants for 10 pounds. Or similar.

Dont ever get dis heartened, dont make a chore of it, enjoy it and marvel in what you grow and it will reward you.

Later I will show the border we only just dug up this Spring. Dont want to hog your thread!! Just so enthusiastic.


Family traits

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:50

I hope not as well, and I hope when I am old and need care that I will co operate with whoever looks after me.

I am more like my dad, he is quiet, placid, hates a fuss and crowds of people, parties, being of gypsy mother, he always loved being out doors, in those days it was scrumping veg, in later years growing it. Thats not to say we dont fight for ourselves, he was a boxing champion first for his school, then in the Navy, and at fairground.

I was glued to my dad, he couldnt move without me. Always have been, we were great mates when I was teenage, fixing motor bikes and cars. Sunday mornings would be down scrappy, mum would want me to help in the house.

My mum was a better cook than me, she loved messing about in the kitchen, I would rather be outside.


large beds

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:38

RB ours is a 6footer, the duvet cover is the worst.

Thanks Dove

Back to Neil, as Joe said, weed well first off, I dont need to do much once it all comes up, most weeds here are buttercups and that tiny thing that expodes seeds when you touch it, so they are low, plant enough and they dont show.

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