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Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 14:41

Joice I did not to go far for that smell, we had stables, i helped Dad shovel horse muck and straw through a trap door in the end wall straight into the midden.

My Mothers Uncle was the milkman the dairy farm just up the road we among the first delivery, Uncle Arthur would walk in with a jug of fresh milk for my porridge saying get that down thee lad you will need muscle for "t" tattie picken, Yorkshire born like my Mother.. Dad was from Prudhoe me born in Durham it was like being a linguist even before the Greek Latin and French started.

Holidays I would stay on the farm helping with morning milking, often drank it straight from the bucket, it was filtered and went through the cooler then delivered. Churns with dipping measures for Jill Half and Pint, the ladies brought thier own jugs to the cart. There was a Fordson Tractor but Arthur preferred his horses Suffolk Punch and Cleveland Bay. I loved horses.


Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 11:41

Ours was a small holding a large walled garden every wall covered with fruit trees, I can still taste the sun warm Victoria Plums and William pears just at thier best as we picked and ate them. I too loved rhubarb and dad would cover a root with a bucket lined with straw, those first shoots poached with custard oh my. We also had pigs ducks geese hens and Dad a keen gardener feeding us and the extended family from the garden even though he had his own haulage business. It would take pages to write it all up but a lasting memory is Dad opening the garden gate saying come on girls, the ducks and geese would follow him down the lane across the village green and on to the duck pond. Dads motto was if you cannot eat it or sell it do not bother growing it. He did give me my love of Peony's Madonna lily's and pinks. A happy time.



Posted: 26/01/2017 at 10:27

Make some custard Logan, I am on my way.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 09:27

Stockton the same as all of you, dull and dour. My usual views over the Tees valley have vanished in what looks like low cloud.

The flowers that bloom in the Spring tra la will probably make it by summer.


Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 15:55

That is the trouble with neighbours they insist on doing things you do not like. The roof trusses will be cut back to fit guttering. GC's have many solutions for hiding fences from trellis of all descriptions to fancy rolls of dried bamboo, paint it roll it out and fix it to the posts. At one house we lived in with a recalcetrant neighbour my way was to put a row of posts between his and a heavy duty trellis, home made higher than his much spitting of blood but you have rights as well and I was bigger than him.

Ask neighbours if they are going to paint the fence and what colour they may agree to a mutual tint, ask if you can fit vine rings to the posts there are some that stand out away from the fence I used them on a wall for fanned fruit trees. Your neighbour in his planning will not have thought of the visual trouble he would cause though they must have asked the others in the road for objections when getting the plans passed. My thinking is you have actually got more privacy, not a bad thing if you sunbathe en natural, every problem has ups as well as downs.


Lawn in shady area with poor drainage?

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 14:23

How big is the lawn going to be, how big is the garden? Lawns can be any shape or size square oblong round or serpentine. Sit and note what parts get some sun and how long it cannot all be in shade all day. The trees will soak up a lot of water, it is often arid under a tree and that kills the grass.

Could you make a serpentine grass path leading to open areas of say round patches of lawn, lets face it if you sit out it will be the warmest part of the garden. A grass path with slightly raised edging to retain the extra soil and then the turf, this would allow it to be raised above water level a bit and good turf would help. Your vegetables could also be in raised beds or pots would be enough for a family. It needs to be studied and planned, do it once the right way, saves a lot a back ache later. We gardeners have to make the best of what we have and usually succeed though a garden is never finished.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 09:37

Stockton once more sunshine and ice, clear skies up here on the hill, mist across Tees valley so cannot see the Eston Nab  and the Cleveland Hills. Full of porridge and blueberry's so may venture out for hair cut, my old DI would have apoplexy if he saw it, to him anything other than bald was a mortal sin.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 12:04

Obelixx, we have a secret ingredient salt. Being on the north sea coast those icy winds from Siberia pick up salt on the way, sometimes in a sea mist you can taste it, slugs and salt do not mix apart from when you eat them, pepper herbs from the garden a good stock and simmer, throw the slugs away and drink the soup. We do live near Macbeth land?

The temperature is actually dropping here, another notch on the heating and another scotch methinks.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 10:50

Joyce, I am noted for taking fine weather to Scotland, ten days in and around Inverness, ten days sunshine. Arran they wanted to pay me tp stay, had some good holidays there and also one of those lucky people the midges shy away from. I can come up for a small (not too small) fee.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 10:16

Blue sky sunshine and ice, to a gardener that's very nice, gets rid of nasties and bugs, including those peskies the slugs. Jack frost covers in white, the normal garden winter blight. What is that hears a sound, open door nose falls on the ground, the north wind doth blow, we will probably get snow, up the heating a notch, where's that bottle of scotch, we should hybernate through winters woes.

Franks weather in Stockton on the icy Tees.

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