Tootles


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Your recent gardening buys.

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:37

Thanks Verdun. Yep, it was brill. I'll definately be going back. I actually like that it opens early on a saturday and closes at 12, and closed on a Sunday.  Makes for having to be very organised. Guess I just like thing how they were when I was growing up. 

Thanks Darren. We have so many birds here (our lane is called Sparrow Lane) that I'd hate for them to get tangled. We've had a few fly into the glass of the greenhouse so I have bunting that I hang in there now.

Potting on help with so many seedlings!

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:30

Hi Circus Clown

I do this every year! I'm slowly getting it under control, but it's just so exciting isnt it?!

I've ended up with a gorilla garden for all of my overflow and it's starting to look lovely. 

Lots of folks around here but extra plants out on the front with an honest box. Lovely way to get some new plants.

Your recent gardening buys.

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:22

i bought some wood and we made a raised bed. I love it! looks fab and so much better than the ones I've bought ready done. First time going to a proper timber merchants. what a great place. So friendly and helpful.  Love the characters that were in there too.  It was like learning a new language. One old chap taught us that it's 2 'be' 4, and never 2 'by' four. Brilliant place. AND they sell compost.... Four 60l bags for £11! Bargain! It's by Dunstons who, we were told, are west country and very good. Bought 8 bags. Here is before and after...


 


 Will be getting netting to grow the peas and beans up. Bit worried birds might fly into it so might get some kiddies windmill things to put on it for a bit until the plants get going.

Potentilla

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 06:03

Ive just bought some seed. Such a lovely plant. I hope I can get them going.

Potting on seedlings

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 17:04

I'm the same as Lyn in using multipurpose for everything. I find seed compost becomes rather heavy. Since switching to multipurpose I've had a much better germination rate. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 16:59

Busy day. Dug a new bed. Trying one of those tubs of seeds that are meant to give a complete flower bed. Will see if it works. I was impressed with the results when they did one on Beechgrove.

Dug over lots of soil ready to plant in. Pricked out some seedlings. Pulled lots of weeds up from the lawn. Thinned out some turnip seedlings. 

Radio on in the greenhouse. A tribute show on dedicated to Doris Day....can't stop humming Whip Crack Away now!! 

Best way forward

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 16:53

I agree with Dave. Plenty of grit. Take time to turn the soil too.

If you have a library near by, or maybe look on the Internet for a second hand one, Geoff Hamiltons "Cottage Gardens" is great. Explains all about the evolution of them and lots of planting ideas and tips. Good pages where he shows examples with a numbered picture to name the salient plants. 


 


 

Half price seeds at Wilkos

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 16:43

Thanks young codger. I love a bargain! Treated myself to some seeds from Chiltern Seeds yesterday. They come in at around £2 a packet.

Peas and beans up a frame.....

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 16:35

Great tip. Thanks Bob. I'd never have thought of that. 

Any other tips on how to get a bumper crop very much appreciated!

Peas and beans up a frame.....

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 12:58

Brill. Netting it is then. Thanks ever so much.

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