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Rubbish compost

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 23:10

It sounds daft but most people using grow bags for tomato's cut the hole then put a bottomless six or eight inch planter on top with good compost in it. The plant goes in the top planter, the water roots go down into the grow bag and the feed roots stay in the planter which can be topped up from time to time. I do away with the grow bag and plant straight into 12 inch pots only half filling the pot, as the plant grows I top up the pot until when in full fruit the pot is almost full. That feeds the plant but using a small measure of Tomorite in each can of water gives added feed when the fruit is set. The reason for never using grow bags was a total disaster many years ago and the loss of the full crop, so this is not a new problem, I said never again.


Tips and advice needed for new lawn.

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:58

Again this depends on the usage, children and animals you need a tough lawn, a Bowling green is a totally different matter, I used to help maintain one of those and it was hard work.

The lawn seed will be marked as general purpose tough or soft and the people selling it will be happy to explain, you will know the use it will get so be careful in your choice.

Once it is ready and seeded come back as the first few months of a new lawn needs some special treatment.


Tips and advice needed for new lawn.

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 19:27

Are you cutting the old lawn off, machines can be hired to take off the top layer which can be stacked upside down in a corner and will turn into lovely loam in a year.

The top soil you are getting should be put through a riddle to remove any weed or stones in it. The old lawn once the grass is removed should be dug over and if needed some drainage mixed in. ( for a top class lawn the soil should be dug out, drainage put in then the soil returned) time and money allowing. If not mix some washed sand in the top soil you bought and spread it evenly, rake it level using a plank on edge to make sure there are no dips or humps. The important bit is the gardeners shuffle as you work your way up and down pressing the soil firm then another gentle rake.

Now is it seed of which there are many kinds depending on what kind of lawn you want, or rolls which come in varying qualities, the best money allows.

Seed will show quite quickly and let it grow on before trying to cut it treating any bare patches with more seed raked in. If rolls then make sure all the edges are tight, trim of the spare and then water on a daily basis for at least two weeks.

It is hard work, no easy way and not a quick fix, money is often the deciding factor seed being cheaper than good rolls, that is up to you.

This is a very brief summary of the work ahead, then we are gardeners and know nothing comes easy we have to work at it.


Log wall

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:45

Yes Rebecca, they come in rolls of either full rounds or half round logs and vary in length. I edged a couple of paths with them years ago and they are still going strong. You will need some stout stakes, drive them into the ground until firm, now unroll the log wall and screw it to the stakes firmly. Saw off any off the stake above the log wall, stand back and admire. I did fasten heavy duty plastic to the back where the soil comes in contact as I raised the soil level.

Hope this helps Frank.

Tomatoes in pots

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 13:15

Natalie, you do not say where you are in the UK or what type of plant you have.

My initial thought is you moved them outside too soon or too quickly, they hate the cold winds and rain. Even outside plants grown for the purpose would not be out in my area as yet, NE England. Are the leaves blue-ish in colour a sign of low temperature, are they in full sun during the day with a cover at night, our nights get quite cold. My feeding procedure is a small amount of feed in each can of water, little and often not a feast. With a bit more information we may have a better idea.


A grand Auld Lad.

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 11:47

Took Birthday cards for my Grandson yesterday, car on drive with boot open, keys hanging in door, Max shoved door open with his nose and bounded out "Err" slowly, the big welcome then he walked to my car and sat. "No max I cannot take you with me" wag of tail and that look, that is what you think? The birthday is today he will be a teenager though I knew seeing him today would be impossible, Go-carting from school then his pals round for a late tea and the X-box, what a busy life they lead.

The young ones! Nine o clock the door opens and in rushes Sonny ears up tail going grin on his face then he scoured the house and garden, OK said the look on his face what have you done with Max. He settled down and sits on the back of my chair looking out, you get a little woof as people pass, Next minute his face will be pressed next to mine and he is off on one of his cat-naps, he seems to need contact to sleep. His owner will get him around one, she knows he is safe and happy with me, right now he is on the best chair in the conservatory soaking up the sunshine and why not.


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 14:19

The last of my peony a large bush is in flower a Rubra wonderful deep red and the Cranes Bill that was at the other end of a west facing border has crept down over the years and clustered around the Peony, it is also in full bloom with its deep blue flowers buzzing with insects. Both are the best I have ever seen probably the warm wet winter we had. I sat looking at it after lunch thinking colour cards what are those, nature chooses her own companions.


Rik Mayall

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 11:36

Busy Bee, it is called progress, my Dad dragged me to the local Hippodrome first house to see live shows, he laughed his head off at what I as a lad thought very smutty, not spelled out but insinuation, the audiences would be in tears, I was always glad when the singers came on that rather uncomfortable feeling left in the wonder of music.

The wartime Radio shows ITMA and such joked about the times and things we knew about, we would be glued to the old Cosser Radio all the family all having a good laugh and we needed it.

Times changed and the Films brought us comedians who were stars of the silver screen, more sophisticated to us brought up on home grown comics whose lavatory humour was the joke for the film, we still laughed because we still needed to and forget the day to day austerity. The children were off on their own road by then, we had a very early TV, mum and I were BBC kids were ITV neither seeing the point of the other, such is life, they now have cable's boxes, X type thingees and games stations, so many hand held controllers I never know where to start, they still complain there is nothing worth watching yet fight the children over what to watch on the main set. I have lived too long.

David, it would be a dull old world if we all agreed all of the time, discussion is the spice of life, without disagreement there would be no discussion.


care of plant

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:52

Pat, indoor plants are usually propagated from cuttings, cut below a node about 3-4 inches long then shave it to a tail and plant in sandy peat that will be late summer some bottom heat will be needed. Out door plants (hardy) can be propagated from seed though it takes time. Sow in compost in September and over winter in shelter, you could do what all gardeners do, try it and see what happens.


Rik Mayall

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:39

No one deserves to die so young though the only time I ever watched him was in Black Adder, I thought to up front and over the top. Alternative comedy went way over my head, never did see any comedy in it. All kids rebel it is in their nature not to like what the parents like yet they grow into us as they age, I watch and smile. Mentioned to my Daughter yesterday, "I have a record of the Bay City Rollers in the cabinet, want to hear it" are you taking the mick she asked, that was when I was annoying you and Mum.

Modern stand up mainly leaves me cold, bad language is not and never has been funny, rock bands used it to rattle the grown ups who did not like three chords repeated continuously, in the army and industry you got used to people with poor vocabulary using swear words as descriptive language though what they were trying to describe was often beyond them, asked why I never swore the reply would be "if I need to resort to swearing then I have lost the plot and the argument.

Sorry to butt in on you youngsters I guess brought up in a gentler age with hurt all around us we laughed at gentle humour because we needed a good old belly laugh.


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