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'toilet roll seed starters'

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 14:26

I use loo roll innards to start peas and beans but not smaller seeds which don't need to send down such deep roots.  I use 3 or 4 inch square pots for squashes and trays or modules for everything else.

I keep seed packets in old ice cream tubs, sorted by weather the final plant is leafy, fruity, flowery or rooty.

 

gardening toolbox

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 13:38

My spade and forks hang on the garage wall and I have a board fitted with hooks and screws to store my collection of Wolf tool heads and their handles in different lengths plus trowels, hand forks and secateurs.   Everything is thus visible and to hand.

When gardening, I use a plastic trug with 2 divisions to carry the smaller tools so I can keep muddy in one side and clean in t'other.  Spade and forks go in the wheelbarrow as needed.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 21:43

Fed the birds, admired some of the hellbores and then beetled off to a new (for me) patchwork class in Jumet near Charleroi.   Indoors all day whilst outside it was bright sun and blue skies.   Would have been frustrating if the ground wasn't too sodden and cold to walk on or work.

Beautiful bright starry night at the mo but set to be a fright tomorrow so probably stuck indoors again.   Will just have to be patient.

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 17:22

One of the things I like best about the wildlife friendly ones sold here is, apart from their effectiveness, their name - Escar-Go!  

Poplar trees

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 14:05

We had a row of 27 poplars along the boundary of our paddock.  Never saw any white stuff.

A storm brought down two of them - across our neighbour's paddock - so a couple of years ago we had the remainder cut down and are replacing them with ordinary willow trees to suck up the excess moisture and a weeping willow for pretties and to hide the view of a house across the paddocks which is set to become a building site this summer when the new owners add an extra storey.

Problems Storing Wellies

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:17

Have to admit ours tend to be left near the garage door in the gardening season and only get to the box when we stop for winter or have a dry spell in summer.  Then they get washed and stashed - but I also have shorter wellies for summer as I tend to get soil in shoes and I wear flip flops for warm weather gardening.

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 09:58

I once bought a whole load of hostas from a specialist - Diana Grenfell - who had one listed as slug resistant and called Invincible.   In my garden it was a slug magnet and its descendants by division now live in pots.

I find the best resistance comes from regular, light applications of wildlife friendly slug pellets starting in mid to late Feb depending on the weather and temps.   If I forget they get munched but I manage to grow great looking hostas in beds and pots in several parts of my garden.

Problems Storing Wellies

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 09:55

We just have a big box on wheels that rolls under shelves in our garage.  It gets all our wellies and outdoor boots.  Not bothered about spiders.   Don't feel the need for a storage gadget.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:13

No.  Long gone!

But then they're Belgian so don't last long.

cutting back clematis

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 11:54

How and when you cut depends on the variety as they have different flowering times and thus different pruning regimes.

What are yours?

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Hello Jro - and any other old friends

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Good Morning - 21 March

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