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T.V.

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 14:29

Hello Lizzie, here in the NE of England winter drags a bit we cannot start as early as the South, like the hedge hogs I hibernate you cannot talk about what you are not doing. Add to that a new fitted kitchen plus the clean up after and time was at a premium. Today the sun is shining, two lots of washing blowing in the wind, the steak for tea coming to room temperature with some lovely fresh veg (from the farm shop not mine) and some chips a quick tea.

It will be back to seed sowing with the sweet peas going in pots, my way is four to a six inch pot and leave them in the pot until time to plant out, sow more seed in the ground as I plant thus they keep coming for a long season.

Can you get catch up Lizzy, it is worth seeing.

Frank.

lean-to greenhouse

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:49

Have you thought of the access, it would need to be from the front only. I would buy some timber make a frame fastened to the wall then use plastic or bubble wrap curtains. That would allow access, they could be opened on warm days, keep heavy rain off the plants, probably be warmer than a cold greenhouse and less expensive. Old plastic covers or bubble wrap are easily renewed if damaged or discoloured. You could also build a shelf unit into the frame.

Just a thought that may help.

Frank.

T.V.

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:35

In my long lost youth everything came straight out of the garden to the table via the cooking pot, to me it was memory and I loved it. With a small holding butchering our own meat and fowl it was to us normality, we also made our own butter, that is the way it was for us old hands Little Ann. There is a trend now towards growing your own, a programme such as Kew on a Plate shows people there are more vegetables and fruits than a few carrots and peas. Our gardens were a living larder year round, even on the bleakest winter day I would bring in veg for my mother.

We lost the ability to grow our own now it is returning and may it flourish I say, a fresh salad from the garden beats any of those plastic containers full of gas to keep it fairly green, watch and learn.

Frank

Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 14:34

Our gardens are personal places we cultivate or not for our needs. Brought up on a small holding that fed us and the extended family manicured gardens decked in the latest fad were not my way. A real wild life garden would be untouched by humans, this is not possible bringing up a family, it has to change as required to feed us act as a play area, have some Grown up relaxation area. We are not ever going to save the world with our small domestic enclaves, we can do small things for nature though she is very capable of doing most of it herself. Being told I am doing it all wrong rubs me up the wrong way, not being a cat lover ( Allergic) and knowing the damage they do to wild life my under standing why a cat owner would lecture me about it is beyond me.

my garden or haven is a bit of everything, we can all feed the birds have insect stacks watch out for the small inhabitants of our gardens and still have a place for ourselves, that is as it should be, gardens are something we build for our own use and pleasure let us enjoy them.

Frank

Greenhouse or Lean to ??

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:59

No greenhouse will be easy to erect, they all have problems usually with the glazing. My Robinson 10 by 6 leanto is South facing on the garage wall and with the aid of a frost guard heater is ideal for wintering plants.

Have you thought of a garden hut with a full length window, it could be a potting shed, cold frame come storage ideal for seeds. It is up to you, there other ways, it needs thought on your real needs.

Frank.

Electrics in a Greenhouse

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 14:36

Hello Dove, it has been a busy time and nothing happening in the garden so I backed off awhile. It could be a little while longer, the new kitchen is due to start Saturday, not looking forward to the upset. At least the weather here in the Northeast has picked up and suddenly there is fresh life showing, the interest picks up.

All is well otherwise passed out fit yesterday at the hospital, MOT fine, will get that card from King Charles probably?

Frank

help please

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 14:11

Brenda, have you thought of digging some of your own topsoil out and replacing it with compost, that way there would be a more solid and enriched mix once you added the well rotted manure, some straw, waste paper torn up and anything laying around the garden that is fibrous, old pots say. Put that into the box over some drainage you need in the base of the box such as broken brick pot or gravel. You do not need fill the box to the top, leave space to hold water or to top up in later years. Anything you add to the mix will in time become good compost for vegetables.

Frank

Electrics in a Greenhouse

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 13:13

I have armoured cable from the house to the garage and to a modern circuit breaker safety box. My greenhouse is a lean to on the garage wall so straight through the wall and connected to the heated sand bed plus a fan for heating or cooling. I have the plugs inside the garage as the safest way to operate and it has worked well for years.

Frank

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:24

"N" it is nitrogen they put in those bags to stop oxidisation, inert, odourless, tasteless and supresses the Oxygen which causes the rapid deterioration of food stuff. One problem the second you open the packet the food will degenerate more rapidly. Cheese I love in everything though cheesy mash must be a favourite and I grate as I need, if it is blocking the grater then there is something wrong with the cheese, it is not meant to be kept in the fridge but we all do it.

Just got my eye's back after Retinal screening and of course an early start with snow on the ground well frozen, Daughter took me as you cannot drive after they flash you, or should I put that another way, such as shatter your eye balls with an atomic explosion.

WUM? what wum was that, read right through cannot spot it.

Frank.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 16:33

Dove the crackling vanished, I was smacking fingers with a spoon it did not stop them.

LesleyK I got goose bumps reading that, a very long time since I put anyone in the mood!!! The pork was from the local butcher hung meat and so tender it vanished, one sandwich tomorrow will be it. Leeks Carrots Cabbage Parsnips Roasty's and Yorkshires stuffing got a bit well done though that vanished. Oh well happy faces as they disappeared into the snow, it really means it now, I am minding little sonny from next door a Jack Russell Corgy cross sitting there looking as if he owned the place a cheeky smile on his face, he is trying to wheedle my tomorrows sandwich meat out of the fridge, no chance.

Frank.

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