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Train Station Gardens

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 08:26

All looks great - on a slight tangent but still community garden related - my mum has taken over a plot outside a local community centre (with the town council's permission) and over the last two years has created some fantastic beds from cuttings, divisions, freebies and seeds etc from her own garden with no help and very little cost.  She loves it and it looks so much better.  Only setback was the local water company who dug up half of one of the beds with no notice when doing some maintenance work!  All back to normal now though.

What veggies are you planning on growing 2013?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 08:13

Thanks for the tip on round courgettes SueH.  Will consider my usual long type instead as space is at a bit of a premium.

What veggies are you planning on growing 2013?

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 14:21

Its my third allotment year this year.  First year was alot of clearing, prep and bunging stuff in.  Last year was well planned but the weather put pay to alot so this is the year!

I have done a planting plan of the successional crops and where they are going to be grown.

Lots more peas this year (very successful last year, just not enough of them), purple sprouting (planted last year), tenderstem broccoli (very successful last year), runner beans (growing less than last year), one strawberry bed in its second year, one in its first, sweetcorn (not that successful last year, want to give it another go), lots of salad crops (in the allotment and at home in the garden), carrots (very unsuccessful last year), french beans, cucumbers (only got two last year, too wet I think), mooli, radish, salad onions, potatoes (lots of varieties), sweet potatoes (trying for the first time), courgettes (long and round varieties), I have also just taken delivery of some early, mid and late raspberry canes.  Lots of leeks currently in at the moment too.

In addition to fruit and veg, a couple of beds will be put aside for wildflowers (wildflower seed mixes) and cut flowers (sunflowers, sweet peas - which were so successful last year etc).

I was quite strict by only choosing crops that we really love to eat (plus a couple, such as Mooli, which we havent tried before).  Friends and neighbours are really happy however to eat any gluts.


is it ok to feed birds ordinary suet rather the prepared bird suet you can buy

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 08:23

I also use a supermarket value sultanas or raisins which the birds love - getting quite expensive though, the amount my birds get through!  I did buy a huge bag of un-netted fat balls with a voucher from my local garden centre and the birds are not touching them at all.  They do feel more 'gritty' than previous brands.  Love watching the birds the garden - except the crows which bully all the smaller birds.  Interesting that living on the coast my neighbours always have loads of seagulls being a pest in their gardens but I have none - I have alot of wide borders and planting and no large lawn for seagulls to use as a 'landing strip' - I dont think they like that.

My favourite is a starling that makes a noise like a telephone whenever I put the food out.  We used to have a blackbird we used to call 'Dot' who had a white patch on his chest.  He came for about 3 years before disappearing last year.

Front garden plants?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 16:26

Hi Bookwormy

I live in cornwall where my front garden is south facing but I have to deal with lots of very strong sea winds (but not traffic fumes though), 


You dont say if you want a low or high hedge - I would suggest something along the lines of hebes (low), euphorbia (low-Mid), forsythia (great spring colour - you can grow a series of these into a hedge - great for spring colour), grasses (low-mid)

Hope this helps - if I think of any more, I will post again.

Dig up and make new

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 08:08

Hi Verdun - Yes, lots of growth already (hoping we dont get a frost now!).  My roses are showing shoots already and I still have japanese anenomes and penstemon still flowering in the garden from the summer.

I also use sand mixed in with top soil for my carrots.  Keep meaning to collect seaweed too but have to choose my moments to fight my way through the visitors!  Christmas and new year were incredibly busy.

Dig up and make new

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 16:00

In answer to Verdun's original post, I do give plants a chance before I decide they have to go.  Once they've had their last chance, thats it!  Living in Cornwall, most things do reasonably well but the thing that causes problems is the strong wind and the salt laden sea breezes we get (I live very close to the camel estury).

Dig up and make new

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 15:32

I removed a twisted hazel in October after it got far too big for one of my borders (despite radical pruning).  I have mulched and put compost down to be taken into the soil over winter and also planted a David Austin climbing rose (Gertrude Jekyll) to train against the fence.  My new year's resolution it to think carefully about what is going to go in place of the hazel - I am determined not to buy loads of plants just because I like them and just plant them anyoldhow.  I do fancy a nice hebe at the front, along with a couple of lavenders and then perennials and annuals like the rest of the border.

The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 15:15

I missed this one too - made a note to myself to set the 'generic digital recorder' for next week!  Thanks All

new years resolution

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 11:53

My new years resolutions are:

1 to grow more annual flowers by seed rather than as plug plants, to save money. 

2  It will be my third year as an 'allotmenteer'.  First year was a bit ad hoc, last year was organised but hit and miss due to the weather but this year is the one!  Plans drawn up, veg seed ordered, received and sorted in the seed box, trays and modules poised and ready! 

3  Having removed a huge hazel shrub from one of my borders, I have a big, tempting space.  I have mulched it with compost and already planted a bare root climbing rose (gertrude Jekyll) to train up the fence.  I resolve to plan this area properly and not be tempted to buy too many plants for the space just because I like them and they are for sale!

4  Finally, take more care of my houseplants.  They are okay but I could be alot more vigilant with pest control and take more cuttings.

Just as an aside - pottered around the garden (as it wasnt raining!) yesterday and found a penstemon and japanese anenome still in flower!  Also my oriental poppies are starting to send up some fantastic new growth - hope we dont get a frost!

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