Latest posts by SweetPea93

Growing veg

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:40

How about some strawberries? Mine are doing quite well in a container at present


how long does it take for bell peppers to germinate?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:32

Mine took three weeks to show in the greenhouse.

Asda are selling seedlings/plugs whatever you like to call them, 79p I think

Allotment and new gardener enthusiast Tips and Tricks

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:20

I've had my allotment for a couple of weeks now, and it's been a constant battle trying to source the equipment needed for such a big challenge, so here's a few things I've found has helped me keep the cost down thus far.

I'm new to gardening, let alone owning an allotment, and was anticipating many long months of waiting before getting my mitts on one, but 6 weeks later, I had a massive patch of brambles to call my own. I didn't own a spade, a fork, anything. So I had to source it all myself! Here are what I have found cheaply and where!

Fork, Spades, Soil Rakes, are all £5 in asda, they are strong and relatively sturdy, and the cheapest I've seen them brand new. Homebase's value range is twice the price, and less sturdy, but are worth looking into when they have their 15% off days as I got my OH's fork for around £8 and it is heavier and a little larger than my ASDA equivalent.

Compost, Topsoil, Manure: This week I got over 200L of the stuff for £14 rather than the £30+ it should have been. How? This time of the month is when things like stock takes happen, and any damaged stock gets reduced for quick sale, in this case any bags that had tears in them, got reduced to half price. I'd have bought more because there were bags upon bags, but my car's size limited me. If you're a penny counter like myself, I never bothered looking at the compost section before at Homebase who I find pricey anyway, but I certainly got lucky, and will always take a wee peek in future! (I also got a sorry looking chili plant that day for £2 down from £7, and it's starting to thrive now!)

Wheelbarrow: This essential piece of kit had eluded me since getting the plot, every one I saw in garden centres just seemed so expensive! My local blooms sells them for £80 and they are pretty plastic colours, which seems a little ridiculous for my muddy old allotment! Even argos' super budget one is £30 and looking at the reviews it seems my money would go down the drain. That and it's flatpack, and I have the DIY skills of a pigeon. I looked on selling pages like Gumtree and Preloved, Ebay too, to no avail! I asked at my allotment's on site shop, they scoffed and said I should go to Wickes, they're only £50! *sigh*

Then I had a thought. Scrap metal. I called the first company that came up in my google search, and low and behold they had one. I walked the quite ample walk to look at it, metal, ancient, and rusty. Perfect for living life on an allotment. I took it on the spot, and the best thing is, it cost me £2. TWO POUNDS. That was the value of the metal. My jaw hit the floor, I was ready to at least part with a tenner, and anything up to twenty we are that in need of one!

I don't even care I walked a mile and a bit in a maxi dress and sandals to the allotment with it, through the centre of town, it's probably the very best purchase I've ever made! It was this that made me think of making the post! Definitely try your local scrap merchants! Nobody had suggested this to me, so I don't know if it's common knowledge at all. I was reminded to call because I saw a scrap man parked up with a brand new wheelbarrow in amongst washing machines and bikes, and I'd meant to call him and I utterly forgot.

Canes for peas, sweet peas etc: Try 99p shops, I got 10 for 99p which is great! ASDA are also selling smaller ones for £1.50 which are thin, and seem pretty good for our tomato plants.

Sheds: At least in my local Freecycle.org they are always popping up, if you have the transport they're great! Sadly i've missed out on multiple because I just can't afford to hire a van, nor do I have the tools to construct one, which is currently being a bit of a hassle as I have to lug the tools to and from the house. If you get an allotment you'll soon be living on f

cat poo

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 00:02
Id like to point out that not all cat owners are the same, and all this is the main reason I don't allow my cats outside. I dread to think what some people are capable of. Actually I know what some people are capable of I used to work and foster for a rescue. At one point we had 10 cats in the house. Four my own 6 foster rescues and it was perfectly fine. Cats aren't the demons they are painted as UNLESS they have been left entire, and if you do find an entire cat, get it's bits chopped off. I'll even happily pay the bill myself. Because it's those people who give cat lovers like myself a bad name.

Mony Don

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 23:50
Well I for one have certainly learned a lot of tips and tricks thanks to gardeners world in my short time in gardening. And if one person learns a wealth of information I'm sure that's more important than others who find the presenter irritating. I for one am of the impression of if you don't like it don't watch it

More ID's please woderful people

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 23:03

@Charliebot, ours is about 2 foot wide, but 5-6 feet long! 7-8ft tall! Personally I'd pull it up, for extra bedding space, but it gives us and the neighbours some much needed privacy, though I do suspect it's reason to some of the horrific damp we've had lately!

More ID's please woderful people

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 23:02

Charliebot, maybe it's a regional thing, I'm in the West Midlands and our finished flowering maybe two months ago? @Nutcutlet, it has flowered, but only for a week! I dont know it's usual habits as I've only been here since the start of Autumn!

Mony Don

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 22:53

I'll never understand why people are so mean about Monty... his advice hasn't let me down thus far, and he's an inoffensive, gentle sort of chap. Makes a pleasant change to the noisy hedonism of other beeb presenters such as Clarkson and Paxman et all.

Plants IDs please!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 22:49

Appears to be a spreader? Very popular with bees, and has climbed a hedge about 8 feet? Very tiny flowers about 2-3cm in diameter...

Dies back in winter I suppose? I've only been in this house for a few months and it has only made an appearance in the past month alongside this rose...

 The rose and this plant have climbed around a forsythia hedge... but the mystery plant has spread across the ground also.

More ID's please woderful people

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 22:45

I have a forsythia, but it's stopped flowering, is that normal? There's a rose and some other climbing plant entwined around it, may that be the cause?

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