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Posted: 08/10/2013 at 08:42

Morning all!  Just about to leave for work but have taken propogator out the summerhouse and put it in cold frame to get some more light.  Promises to be sunny with highs of 19° so should be ok.  Will put back in summerhouse tonight to keep warmer.  Only droped to 14° in there last night.  

If you are lucky enought to be in gardens, have a great day.  I am off to shuffle bits of paper, such fun!!!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 18:53

Got three sorts of seeds in the propagation, Lambs Lettuce, Rocket and Radishes.   I know it seems madness but if they germinate it will be good fun.  If not, it will be educational so a win, win situation.  In about three weeks I will repeat this so if successful, I will get a bit of continuation.  If I keep this up and record conditions then if some germinate and later ones don't, I will have an idea how far I can push these next year.

most importantly, the ball has started to roll


Posted: 06/10/2013 at 10:18

Morning all. Sunny if cool morning here.  Got busy day as it is one of the granddaughters birthday so we are taking her to Toys R Us to destroy the bank balance and then round to daughters house for birthday tea.  I have been promised a party bag so have to go

hope to find time to put some seeds in a unheated propogater I got yesterday which will stay in the summerhouse which keeps nice and warm.  I plan to do a three weekly seed to get a bit of an extended crop should anything work.  If not, it is good practice to get into the swing of things.

back to work after three weeks off tomorrow, need to keep the dream alive while pointlessly shuffling bits of paper.

have a great sunday guys, catch up with you later

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Posted: 05/10/2013 at 22:38

Thanks Sara, another useful link to have

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Posted: 05/10/2013 at 22:15

Cheers No Expert.  Have to be careful on Amazon, I ordered the book for 4.99 post free but the same title is being sold for £16!!!!!

Fairygirl, that does look very neat and tidy you have obviously put a lot of work into it, very nicely done

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Posted: 05/10/2013 at 20:56

Thanks for the book tip Tina, found it on Amazon and ordered it

 Got this Pollycarb and aluminium cold frame from B&Q for just under £20 big enough to take a grow bag. I am going to add a few pop rivets to make it a bit more rigid but if it gives me fun through the winter it will pay for itself.  Next year will see better stuff as the patch develops.

Might save up for a small greenhouse.  All ideas and no action at the moment lol.  Need to focus

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Posted: 05/10/2013 at 20:40

The 'playhouse' in the top left is a fairly large summer house, that is the problem with pictures, I know what it looks like around the camera but viewers will not.  Good point.  

Yes, if you stood on the path looking at the summer house, you would have your back to the house, which is a bungalow and a couple of feet lower than where I am standing taking the pic So does not cast a shadow until late evening.

I agree that where I was stood may be a better area but the lawn left of the path has to stay as it is.  The dogs and grand kids and she who must be obeyed have made that very clear lol.

So, to confirm, if you stood looking at the fence, you would be facing east, making the fence west facing.

As for flowers.  That is a secondary project.  The garden is boring and as part of a long term plan, I hope to create some borders, a rockery at the top of the garden and make the boring square of grass interesting.

having said that, I have no idea how I am going to achieve it And it will be (very) long term.

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Posted: 05/10/2013 at 15:48

Been cutting the grass this afternoon and surface cleared the small plot I will be setting up.  It is not ideal, without moving house there is no ideal place.  The fence runs north to the left, south to the right.  A big tree in next door is at the fence and trees border their north edge.  this time of year, it will not get a lot of sun untill around four in the afternoon.  At least what warmth it will get is highest before the cold nights. It does get a bit in the morning though. The picture below was taken at 3:30.

as I said, not ideal but if I can get something out of it I will be happy.  Lot of work to do but I suppose this is the time to do it and be ready for early spring.

if you think it unworkable and that I am wasting my time, please shout now before I get the spade out Oh, the washing line will not be staying....



Posted: 05/10/2013 at 15:29

Sorry, wasn't sure if links were allowed, still finding my feet.  It has only just been set up so don't expect much lol. Like my garden, it has a long long way to go!


Posted: 05/10/2013 at 15:20

I have just set up a blog using Wordpress, must be easy if I can do it.  I have self hosted it to so I have full control.  even if no one reads it, it will be interesting to look back on and admire the success or lament the failure 

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