Latest posts by scroggin

Espresso Machine for Garden

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 08:32
I doubt there would be much call for a weatherproof coffee machine. As previously mentioned it would need to be in an insulated building/ cabinet to protect it from moisture. You may find a specialist who at a ' cost ' will weatherproof the components but far cheaper to have it in a suitable building.

Favourite gardens to visit?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 09:06
Going to Snowdonia in early May so will try and fit in a visit to Bodnant. Love seeing the Autumn colours at Sheffield Park and Westonbirt is pretty special too.

Little Gem...

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 16:19
Very handy little site David, lots of good straightforward advice. Thanks for sharing.

knee pads

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 16:13
The insert type are good, I use them in my day job as an engineer, they make kneeling on grating much more comfortable. I wear ' work' trousers from Aldi for gardening and they have knee pad slots.
One tip, its much easier to insert the pads before you put on the trousers or overalls.

Butternut squash

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 18:54
Hi Karen, they are very frost sensitive so I don't sow my seeds until late April or early May. They grow much better if they don't suffer a check so keep an eye on the weather before planting out.

A Gardener's Hands

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 16:52
I've worked in engineering for over 30 years and have used numerous barrier creams which help to stop contaminates damaging your hands and also stop them drying out and chapping. It's not always practical to wear gloves for some tasks.
I've never bothered when I'm gardening but would think the same products would work, certainly makes it easier to clean your hands at the end of the day.
One of the best is Stokoderm, not cheap but very good.

Favourite Winter Vegetables

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 14:31
Hi Zoomer, you may find the Celeriac go to seed rather than make more root. I've found timing is everything with the planting, I look to plant out mid May onwards when hopefully the temp is on the rise. If they get checked by temps of below 8 degrees for any period of time they often go straight to seed. My Celeriac continued to bulk up right into Nov this year.

Monty's dream gardens

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 09:21
Thought it was very enjoyable. Relevant to lots of people who are struggling with awkward garden spaces and showed what could be done on a ' realistic' budget.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:28
Hi Busy Lizzie, we don't mind her using the lawn as it's more Moss than grass. Like you say they're really bright and she's coming along nicely.

Favourite Winter Vegetables

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 16:47
As we are slowly making our way out of Winter and into Spring what has been your favourite veg over the winter. Personally I always look forward to the first Parsnips but over the last couple of years the star for me has been Celeriac. It is so versatile and stands well in the ground, I still have half a dozen left on the allotment. What is your choice?

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Landscape photographer of the year

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BBC Countryfile Ramble

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Books, catalogues, magazines or digital?

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Gardens and Parks with Autumn colours

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Wish lists

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Late ripening? 
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First bluebell of the year 
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Sprouts! Yes or no?

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Favourite native mammal?

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Favourite gardening activity

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Good year for sweetcorn?

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What's cropping in your veg patch?

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Rhubarb from seed

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