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Latest posts by scroggin

chilli peppers

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 08:54

Tracey, they make great presents, I have done the same but grow just a few new plants each year, they crop right through the winter indoors which is great when nothing is growing outside!

I notice your windowsills are a lot deeper than mine so you dont need any extensions, hope you get your GH up and running soon.

Gardeners World TV Program

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 08:48

You can please some of the people some of the time. While a lot of us on forums such as this would like to see more in depth and hands on topics, there is also a significant percentage who are just garden visitors so to speak.

I guess its who shouts loudest when it comes to the programme structure. Personally I think its still a great program and with the age of the internet we have a huge library for all the questions we may need answered.

chilli peppers

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 08:31

Thats a serious amount of chillis Tracey, they do become addictive, dont they. I think its all the different varieties and the smaller ones are an ideal windowsill plant.

I'm trying Bangalore Torpedo this year, its one that produces long thin chillis, ideal for cooking I hope.

Spring soil.

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:18

Never seen the soil in the condition it is at the moment. Areas that I dug over and manured in the autumn have got a hardened crust, that needs forking over to break it up. Normally with a few winter frosts, I can put the hoe and rake through it and its fine for sowing/ planting.

All the rain this winter has "welded" the clay together again. Going to be lots of work this spring getting the soil up to scratch. On the plus side there were plenty of worms in the topsoil so they will help.

level garden = drainage?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 15:40

Its an area dug in the garden that is filled with grit and gravel to provide anarea for excess water to drain too, if you have an area of standing water you may need to dig shall trenches then fill with a drainage mixture which lead to your soakaway.

You need to work out what kind of soil you're on, if its heavy clay and you lawn is in shade then you may have to bite the bullet and start again and this time add in a lot of drainage.

who is sowing what this spring?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 09:19

Nothing fancy Tracey just some L brackets and sections of board, I can then extend out the windowsill a further 6" or so and when the season is finished just take the brackets of the wall. It means I can get 12" seed trays comfortably on the south facing windows.


gardening and mental health

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 08:49

My brother volunteers at an organisation that uses gardening as an activity to help adult individuals with learning and social interaction difficulties.

It provides people with a sense of purpose and the reward is seeing their efforts being sold to help with providing funds for the organisation, which in turn elevates their feeling of self worth.

On a personal level, I agree with all the above comments and this is my favourite time of year as everything is coming to life.

who is sowing what this spring?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 08:36

Tracey, that is indeed a very warm greenhouse. I'm in the same position as you and have all my seeds germinating, growing on the windowsills, its so bad I have had to put extension shelves by the window to take all the seed trays. One day I will get my heated greenhouse but probably not until the kids have stopped emptying the wallet as soon as it leaves the emergency room.

pea supports

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 20:37

The way I use the branches creates a trellis effect, its been used for donkeys years, my grandad and his peers always used this method. The peas are supposed to becomed entwined as the tendrils wrap around the twigs greating support. It still leaves the plants open for picking the pods.

who is sowing what this spring?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:42

Is your greenhouse heated Tracey? You might need to keep the toms, cucumbers and aubergines indoors for a while yet if not.

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