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Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 11:21

Thanks Fleurisa, We did by a radio to take to the allotment (we have a remote plot, no near plots, so no chance of disturbing others), you are right, we have never used it.  So nice to hear the birds.  Our plot is also near a country house who occassionally hold summer music events so on these occasions we go to water and harvest and take the time to sit and listen with flask of tea (or stronger!) to the concert, without paying for a ticket (weather permitting of course)!

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:45

After sharing a cramped and messy shed with the hubby (which includes bikes, paint, his junk etc) there is a possibility of his and hers sheds. Well, mine is going to be a potting shed (complete with opening windows etc).

Not having had the luxury of a shed before, I have always sown, germinated and repotted etc either in the garden (in good weather) or in the conservatory (which is messy and takes up too much room with seed trays etc). 

I have a vision of a tranquil space with a radio, where I can spend many an hour just 'pottering'.

I'm planning to include the usual items such as a potting bench, shelving, hooks for tools etc, but what would you consider to be the essentials for a well-equipped shed?

Serious (or humorous) responses welcomed!

A few of my dahlias thhis year

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:38

Hi Clueless

Double refers to the fact that the flowers have a 'double layer' of petals which mean that bees and other insects cannot get to any pollen in the centre of the flower.  I have planted my first dahlia this year, a single (Twinings after dark I think its called).  lovely single creamy yellow flower and amazing, almost black foliage.

Talkback: Seeds - how to collect allium seeds

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:34

Sowed my allium seeds about 2 weeks ago - any idea how long they take to germinate?

Plants for a hot, sunny conservatory

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:44

Thanks Sunnydayz, thats another I have been thinking about.



Posted: 21/03/2013 at 13:48

Sounds like I will need to pop across the A30 to St Austell to have a gander - bearing in mind that as the weather is forecast as dire in Cornwall I wont be getting into the garden or up the lottie this weekend!  Hope to sow some cerinthe, leeks and early lettuce seeds in modules and repot some geranium cuttings taken last year.

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 13:43

I also have a problem with leggy seedlings and have also read recently to re-pot deep than normal - good luck. 

Weather is set to be so foul this weekend I was hoping to get into the garden!  however, will satisfy myself with sowing some cerinthe, leeks and early lettuces into modules and repotting some small geraniums taken from cuttings last year.

Thoughts on Nesting Boxes

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:27

I do have a forsythia and honeysuckle against a fence (west facing) I may try that although I think it may be a little late to put up for this year?

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:17

My favourite is Geranium 'Nimbus' - not only because of the fabulous blue/mauve flowers but because it has the same name as Harry Potter's broomstick! - easy to remember!

Thoughts on Nesting Boxes

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:11

I would love to have nesting boxes of some description.  Having had two cats (including a very proficient hunter) I have not been able to in the past.  However, we lost our 'hunter' last year and I thought it would be a good time to get some boxes (our remaining cat is very old and only has three teeth so unlikely to do any damage to baby birds!).  Unfortunately our neighbours two doors up now have a young tom who loves our garden (and wildlife in it) so no nesting boxes for the moment!

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