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Favourite tools

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 13:39

Kate I throw nothing away so have tools that belonged to my father the best of which is a very long handled Dutch hoe. It reaches well into the beds and is lovely to lean on at times, my first job on going into the garden is get the hoe and wander round it also helps break up the soil. There are trowels for all seasons but they come in handy to lay hands on in a hurry. I usually look for my Secateurs in the compost having put them down after reducing sticks to sawdust. The best tool as I get older is the electric hedge cutter, having several free standing bushes that need to be kept in check, they also come in handy for running over bushy roses or climbers that attack me what ever protection I wear, I have found no difference in fresh growth whether I prune by the book or run the hedge trimmer over them. Finally a very good kneeling stool, at the end of the day I need prise myself up with the long handles, it comes to us all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:57

Teesside is dark and dour today, it is trying with some success to rain. The sky is brighter towards the coast three miles away as the crow flies but then we get most of our weather off the North Sea. This is because Teesside is like a large bowl with rising ground North South and West. Our poster "Rain" lives under the Cleveland hills ten miles across the valley and her weather is totally different to ours North of the Tees.


Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:45

The main dealers are getting their compost from one large bagging depot, it is collected from various area's where councils dump their green waste then put through a shredder and heaped up to heat up, being turned often to speed up the rotting down. The problem is much of the council green waste is brush or trees among stuff we gardeners do not put in our own compost bins, we know wood takes much longer to rot down as well as taking the nitrogen out of the compost. My own Council compost locally and we can get two free bags a week, take your own bags and bag your own. I find this more like normal compost but would not plant seed in it.

I mix my own seed compost with a loam base fine gravel and washed sand, a third of each, seeds will grow in sand but need some food as soon as they have two true leaves so then I pot on into half loam quarter fine grit and a quarter washed sand.

Loam in small quantities can be cleaned by steaming it, an old kettles with a bit of pipe into the base of an old bucket with a small quantity of loam in it. Or you can pour boiling water onto the loam. Just do not let H&S see you doing it.


Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:27

I think the answer is planted too early and it has gone from really warm weather to quite cold. You should pot into 3.5 or 4 inch pots then let the first flowers set. Have youir larger pots 10-12 inches filled and ready in position warming up and keep them damp. Plant into the large pots when the first truss is setting, I set the pots into the larger ones and let them settle then drop the plant out of its small pot and straight into the hole left where I took it out of the large pot. Leave enough room to top up the larger pot two or three times.

My greenhouse is a lean to South facing and never drops below freezing as the brick wall behind takes in the daytime heat and gives it back at night. I do keep a fan heater in there during the early days of planting with a frost guard setting just in case, belt and braces. Tomato leaves will curl if too cold but then open up again when the sun gets on them. If the leaves were mottled or discoloured then they would be out, one bad plant can ruin the rest so do not take risks it is not worth it.


BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 23:41

No not you Lowena, I was hoping for a response from Nooj my old sparring partner. I suppose I am happy to see so many of the posters have come over. Hi Jo, is there a weather thread on here I wonder.


BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 19:30

Just dont mention the war Lowena.


BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 18:50

Done and dusted, the Palaisglide was a popular dance in my young wild oat sowing days, when I had trouble getting on line with Beeb I gave it as a way of making them understand it was changing, still took more tries though. Finding it quite easy now so will see what is being said.


BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:49

I take it you are the chap who told me about Brown Down Barracks which I thought long gone. Could tell you a few tales about that place.


BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:39

Well I made the leap, found it easy to get on now have to find my way round. So Rain Evie Kate  and all, you aint got rid of me yet.


Searching the site?

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:32

Having joined today, i am finding my way around, a little confusing at first but never been known to give up. Will let you know what I think once conversant with the operation. Frank.

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