MrsT 12

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Monty don new series

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 21:43

I think Monty's programme is a breath of fresh air in the world of 'garden makeover shows'. He offer's them advice and expertise from his vast experience and even gets his hands dirty too. I think the budgets set are very realistic and sometimes a little optimistic as labour and materials cost a lot of money. You never see this on Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Garden - which I can no longer watch. The labour alone on some of the gardens he and his team makeover would be eyewatering. Then factor in the - quite frankly - vulgar amounts of money on the numerous garden items they give to the garden owners and then on top of that the sheer volume of plants!!!  

No, I will stick with Monty and the sensible idea of actually getting people to pay for what they want and do the work themselves. We all know how much you love your garden and take pride in it knowing it's all your own hardwork. The gardeners on Monty's programme will value this experience more than any £9k barbeque!!!!

Slow cookers

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:53

I used to have a 6.5 litre slow cooker with the crockery pot inside and the lid never did fit snugly, but it still produced some delicious meals.I am looking to replace it now and have seen one by Morphy Richards called Sear & Stew. It has an extremely light pot, not like the heavy crockery one I used to have. You can put it straight onto the cooker to sear your meat first and then place inside the machine. The lid also fits snugly all the way around, so I am tempted to go with that one next. 

I anyone already owns this one I would be really interested to hear their opinion on it, thanks 

solar or not

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:42

Hi Alan,

We had solar panels installed on our SW facing roof 18 months ago at a cost of just under £6k (for 16 panels) We sell back to the grid at just under 18p and have seen some great quarterly returns. My prediction is that if the returns each quarter remain as they have been, we will make our initial investment back in approx 5 years. Having no plans to move this suits us fine.

Our old electricity bills were £110 per month, so we were unfortunately high energy users due to  huge pumps and filter systems in our koi pond. Dependent on the season and light levels we now save anywhere between £50-£90 per month on our previous bills.

We did not purchase a storage facility for the electric we produce at the time as they are still relatively new, and the prices extortionate. We will invest in one at some time in the future though. 

I would never recommend solar panels to someone who does not have a high energy bill, it just wouldn't be financially sound. My mother only spends £35 per month on electric, and after getting the costings for installation etc, we decided she would be better leaving her money where it is.

When I was looking into having panels, I found very little information available which was of any particular use. So I knocked on doors of people who had them installed locally, gaining as much advice and information as possible. Then I got a local company out to give a quote, within a week I had paid my deposit and booked an installation date. 

I hope this information helps in some way to your decision as to invest in panels or not and if they are right for you. 

How to grow spinach

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 16:45

I use a small pair of scissors to nip out the leaves I want to eat so as not to damage the plant. No need to do anything at all to the plant other than pick/snip off what you want to eat. The new leaves grow through quite quickly.

How to grow spinach

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 15:48

Hi ommthree, I just cut off what I want off several plants to 'cut and come again', rather than harvesting one plant at a time. Keeps the plants going longer and I get tastier, smaller leaves. I grew Spinach Fiorano F1.

How to grow spinach

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 13:23

ommthree, sorry but I have never grown spinach in the winter, just baby spinach through the summer. I grew it in partial shade in a piece of old guttering attached to a fence and it did great. Just used it as cut and come again. 

I am sure winter spinach is not meant to go tall and spindly, so my gut instinct would be to start again. What type of spinach is it you are sowing? 


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 13:16

Fingers crossed ommthree 


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 13:07

I have just finished harvesting the last of my tomatoes for this year - all grown outside in pots or grow bags against a sunny south west facing wall. I never grow tomatoes in my greenhouse. My neighbour does though and each year her crop is never as big as mine, not sure why as I would of thought it would be the other way around 

Excellent crops all summer long from Alicante, Aisla Craig, Principe Borghese and Sweet Millions, however, I would not grow those varieties again. Next year will go back to Moneymaker as they have been the tastiest ones I have ever tried. And maybe a beef tomato and a new cherry tom too.

ommthree, sorry to hear of your tom's not working out this year. Blight can make the leaves on your plant mottled and start to curl up, the stems and branches can start to go brownish and your unripe green fruit will start de-composing. You would definately know it if you saw it.  Don't get disheartened, I can't grow things here that my mum can 2 miles away! Sometimes it is just down to weather, location etc

Music in the Garden

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 12:48

I must be very boring then as I just like peace and quiet when I am in the garden The birds singing and the sound of water and I am set 

A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 12:43

I am just recovering from food poisoning, and am popping out in the garden for little bits at a time to potter. I feel so much better doing that than sat inside in front of the television. So, yes. I agree, a garden is the best medicine. Even sat inside my kitchen looking out on it makes me feel better 

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