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Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 08:54

I'm with you, MrsGarden.  I now have an overwhelming NEED for topiary. Weird, really, as I've never been even slightly attracted to the idea before last night.  I spent the whole drive to work this morning contemplating which garden centres I need to hit this weekend to get started whilst the urge is still fresh.

Growing your own fruit and veg to donate to food banks

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:40

At my workplace we have a scheme where people can bring in anything from own-grown veggies and homemade jam/wine to surplus supermarket foodstuff (particularly from bog-offs) and we just leave the stuff on a designated table in the canteen with an 'honesty' box.  People help themselves and make a donation that we then give to a local charity.  It avoids the whole 'acceptable list' thing, reduces food waste and makes us feel good. It is particularly useful for me because I have this little old guy from the local allotments who sells me free-range eggs every week and, frankly, I don't eat that many eggs but haven't the heart to say 'no' when he comes and, anyway, I'm all for encouraging free-range farming, so I just buy them and take them in to work.

Plant support

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 12:57

I've sent you a PM, James

Plant support

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 12:30

I feel so incredibly dense   I spent a small fortune on several dozen of this kind of plant support this year - and would have done the same next year if not for this post - and it never once occured to me to make them myself, despite working for a company that has a huge warehouse full of steel out the back.  I just watched the video, ran to the shopfloor, explained what I wanted and am currently having 50 lengths of stainless steel cut to size and bent into shape at a cost of 40p each.  Doh!

Compost bin

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 15:29

I'm no expert on this but I really don't think you should buy worms for your bin (which is really lovely btw).  The process of normal composting, as I understand it, creates a lot of heat in the initial stages and that would either drive off or kill worms. After the compost has cooled down and is in its latter stages of decomposition worms would be safe to be added to help the final process.  I have a wormery and also normal composting bins and there are definite advantages to having both but they are separate things with different processes going on inside.  I have been known, however, to move a handful of worms out of the wormery to 'finish-off' nearly ready 'cooked' compost - but that's more to do with the fact I always have a surplus of rapidly breeding worms and need somewhere to put them before the brother-in-law decides to take them fishing.  They aren't 'garden' worms, so can't be simply released into soil. I seem to recall it's because they don't burrow deeply like earthworms but I may be mistaken.

Raised Veg beds design & construction

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 12:30

Whilst the woodblox ones look lovely, Hophead, I have to admit that Jame's solution would fit my own budget a lot better  

gardening jobs

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 14:12

Many years ago - when I was still living at home -  I had an interview at BT. Over two months later, after hearing nothing in the meantime, I received a letter from them. I opened it dejectedly, obviously assuming it was the polite rejection, read as far as 'I'm sorry to inform you..." and threw it in the bin.  That night my mother asked what the letter had said (that was in the days the post arrived early enough that she'd clocked the letter before going to work herself) and I said something snotty like "read it yourself, it's in the bin". She promptly did go to the bin, got it out and read it in full.  It turned out the letter actually said "sorry you didn't get the job you were interviewed for but we liked you so much we kept you on file and now we have a new vacancy and would like to offer you the job!"  Thank goodness for nosy mothers! 

Moral of the story... never give up hope. Sometimes silence is a good thing because it can be a case, like in mine, of the employer keeping their options open until the right vacancy comes along for a good candidate.


Glove for long fingers

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 10:04

And, oddly, GTS Direct who trade as are based in the Shetland Isles just like our new member Jean Patty

......the good guys

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 09:06

Verdun said" Interesting notes about coblands.  Considered buying from them but been uncertain until now.  Were good size plamts supplied MACAVITYTHECAT?"

I bought half a dozen trees in all, they came in two huge boxes a couple of days later, all were about 4ft tall but looked just like bare twigs and were root bound in small pots.  I wasn't terribly impressed on receipt, to be honest, BUT every single one of them has thrived, grown and in less than a year have become substantial.  The honeysuckle was the star but the wisteria has been pretty amazing too.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy off them again.

Heating for sheds?

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 08:57

I'm lucky, Artjak, because the garage in my village still dispenses paraffin from the pump so I have big metal army jerry cans full of the stuff.  I'd love to install electric though, particularly to dispel the humidity problem, but even given the cost of paraffin versus electric it would take over ten years to break even given the distance my shed and GH are from the mains. Unfortunately I'm married to an accountant who, faced with my plaintive request for mains electric, produced a spreadsheet proving beyond doubt that it wasn't a viable idea.

I'm very tempted by the idea of a woodstove but don't like the idea of leaving it unattended between the time I leave the shed and when it goes out completely.  I just know I'd end up running back down to check on it every half hour or so and, believe me, I get enough exercise going up and down the hill otherwise known as our garden without adding a half dozen extra climbs every day.

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