Old Rectory

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New house, new garden, total newbie

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 11:26

There's a lot of wonderful advice here already.

One extra idea though: get to know your neighbours, see what works in their gardens and, if possible, line yourself up for receiving some cuttings / seedlings etc of plants you particularly admire. It is all very well to read books - one of the great joys of having a garden is purposeful reading - but the gardener next door will have a better idea about local climate, soil and growing conditions. Don't reinvent the wheel until you're ready!

Windowsills as a substitute for a greenhouse

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 20:14

Thanks for the helpful reply, KEF.

My first lot this spring were eaten by rabbits. My second lot, in a raised container outside, were eaten by ... something, possibly deer.

Hence - in part - my interest in windowsills. It is also a more general question, about what I should have done earlier this spring - I started some trays of seed in a south-facing window but am pretty sure it was too hot.


Windowsills as a substitute for a greenhouse

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 10:04

Ignorant newbie question alert!

Gardening experts sometimes write that if one doesn't have a greenhouse, a windowsill is a suitable substitute for starting e.g. cut and come again salad leaves etc.

Well, I don't have a greenhouse - not yet, anyway - but I do have quite a few windowsills. I'd love some advice on which aspect is best (is south-facing too hot? is north-facing too dark?) and also any insights on how to make this work.

A miracle, well I think so.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:38

That's an inspiring story. I was always put off the idea of a pond because I worried it might be too much hard work ... now I am not so sure!

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