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Get thrifty

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:20

Well I'm reeling, not just at Eddie's marvelous work, but at the thrifty ideas everyone has. I'm working through them and making notes 

Eddie, what tools do you use to make the sculptures? I love them!

Get thrifty

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:08

Eddie I'm jealous too, but you're an inspiration!

Here's my thrifty ideas. The cold frame is my deluxe custom-made version. Friends were  having an extension and throwing out their old double-glazing so I nabbed it.

The milk carton idea came from the Harrogate flower show. My work colleagues and neighbours saved me the cartons. It's my mini-living wall which covers the front of my old bath where I grow my blueberries. I'm planting it up with things that will trail down.  I also grow hostas in my old toilet.



Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:43

It sounds like your border backs onto a wall/fence etc.? If so then put the ones that ill grow tall at the back and the smaller ones at the front. They should all have growing instructions which will tell you eventual height, planting depth/width, conditions etc.

I always dig a whole twice the width of the pot, put some compost in the bottom (home-made or bought), water well - about quarter to half a watering can full (depends on the size of the plant), sprinkle a bit of bonemeal in and put the plant in. Firm it in by hand, add a bit more water, make a cup of tea and read a gardening mag

Fading colour??

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:27

Is it just round where I live, but haven't the Pieris have been wonderful this year? On my way home from work (Sheffield)  I've seen loads of bright bushes of fire! I've passed them every day for years and not noticed them being this spectacular

Lurking under pots and trays

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:24

They're great Nut. Can you send me some too?

My neighbour's daughter came round to show me her "tadpoles" she'd found swimming in a bucket in the garden. She was so excited. Took me a while to point out gently they were mosquito larvae

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:15

All of the above, plus the Faraway tree, but until I win the lottery I think an Acer Griseum, Prunus serrula, or Eucalyptus pauciflora. I love interesting bark. I'd say Hawthorn, but there are loads nearby so no need.

Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:03

Apart from Rhubarb I always compost mine. Didn't know you could use it directly onto Runner beans. Hmm will bear that in mind

What is it?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:46

I suppose if you'd got a red-splashed centre you'd be cross 

Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:43

They are best in sun, though I (and the insects) prefer the single ones. I gow the single californian poppies in my back garden and let them seed freely - which be warned they will - so if you're a regimental gardener you'll have your work cut out for years to come. I think they're a welcome addition. Not sure if the double ones self-seed though.

What is it?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:32

Hi, do you have a photo we could see?

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