Latest posts by Pentillie

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 22:03

Breezy in the Chilterns, with a few short heavy gusts, but mainly lovely blue skies, with a couple of very brief heavy showers in the area, but no rain on the hill where I live - very strange!

We obviously missed the worst of the promised storm, and I spent the last hour of daylight up the allotment doing a bit of digging.

Still strange as I 'm probably no more than 30 miles from Ginglygangly - at 5pm I was off to the allotment in glorious sun!

Will probably suffer tomorrow!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 20:21

Turned over my compost heaps this afternoon, but had to watch out for the slow worms - there are quite a few living in the heap, usually lying half buried, just under the old carpets covering it all. Lovely little creatures, but causes my little five-year old granddaughter to scream like a banshee when they appear!


Posted: 18/10/2014 at 20:16

Busy afternoon trying to catch up on all my jobs - planted up window boxes with Narcissi and pansies - wall planters to do tomorrow.

Spag Bol tonight, with home-grown onions,sweet peppers,celery,garlic,basil,oregano, tomatoes, and grated carrot - pity the meat and bacon had to come from Sainsbury's!


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 18:40

Evening all - just back from a break in Cyprus , and a long break from this Forum - hope everyone is well and had a good summer?

When I left Cyprus the gardeners were just starting to plant the next lot of petunias and bedding plants - I'm going to spend the weekend clearing the remnants of mine.

Only a few hours away by plane, but a world away horticulturally!

Rubbish mpc

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 09:21

A friend at the allotment ,who has been gardening for years, has started buying ASDA own -brand compost, ans swears it's the best he's used for ages. I haven't seen it yet, but wonder whether any of you out there have any experience ( good or bad ) with it?

buttercups in my lawn

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 00:19

I seem to remember at school, many years ago, being told that buttercups had three types of root - runners, bulb, or rhizome, depending on the variety.

I think runners are most common, but you could be lucky and have a few of the other kind, which would obviously be easier to get rid of.



Buried treasure

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:23

Reminds me of the discovery I made when I moved into my previous house,thirty years ago.

Digging the back garden ready to lay a new lawn, when I struck gold!.......or more correctly,a complete Cannon gas cooker!

The effort required to dig a hole nearly six feet deep defies belief - the Council would have taken it away for a fiver!

Window boxes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:47

I'm a bit frustrated! My old wooden window box finally succumbed to the ravages of time and weather, and must be replaced.

The only problem is,none of the garden centres or nurseries within a 20-odd mile radius stock any proper window boxes. I have che ked on line, and there are various options available, but to be honest, I'd rather see the item in the flesh before buying!

The current issue of GW tells you what plants to fill your window box with, but nobody seems that interested in selling you one - I can go to a GC and buy any sort of container you could imagine - but not a window box!

I will probably end up making one, but has anyone out there any suggestions or recommendations regarding garden centres or Internet where I might get hold of something really nice?


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:32

Hi Verdun - I'm down to Cornwall in a couple of days - could you put in a request for several warm,sunny days for me? Meur ras!     

Seed prices

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:05

I have just bought a packet of Thompson and Morgan seeds ( Beetroot Boltardy), and happened to notice that the packet contained 350 seeds, whereas last year the identical packet contained 400, and both are priced at £1.99 - effectively a 12.5 per cent increase in price.

I haven't bothered ( yet ) to compare other seed packets, but wonder whether other members of this forum have seen similar sneaky increases?

It annoys me, not so much because of the price rise, but because as an allotment holder I get used to packets of seed being enough to give me a full row, or only half a row, and it's annoying to think that a packet of seeds such as these Beetroot, would have perhaps given me two rows last year, but only one and a half this.

It's not just T & M - most big companies seem to treat us like idiots - just put the price up if you feel it totally necessary

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