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Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 22:54

SGL - so sorry to hear your very sad news. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Starting up a nursery

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 21:16

Lovely guy up the road has a great little (and it is small) nursery. Propagates all his own stuff. Good plants, decent range, reasonable prices, has regular, supportive clientele(self included).

So far so good - except I don't think he's making a fortune.

He used to be open 6 days a week March to November but he's often open for 7 days 'in the season' - simply because there is so much work to do. He works really long hours in all weathers. For that, I would want to be earning mega bucks. I'm pretty sure he's not.

If you want a part-time plant business I would get propagating in your own garden and start selling on-line (on a certain well known auction site to begin with).

You could also do local car boots and have occasional plant stalls at local events.

Your own nursery, open to the public is a big and tying commitment. The only person you can rely on to keep it running is you. What happens to it (ie the plants) if you and your parents want to be away at the same time? It is unreasonable to expect them to be there for you unless they are fully paid employees or partners.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 20:56

Oh dear! Really can't keep up with you lot when you get going

I'll just say Hello and Goodbye. Log burner on - various things to watch on the recorder - some involve murder - some involve cookery. Maybe there's a programme to be made combining the two

Night all

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 19:15

(Gentle) hugs for you Hosta. 

Your symptoms sound both painful and maybe a little frightening too. Hopefully this round of tests etc will be able to nail the cause of the problem. Hope your appointment tomorrow goes well. As you say, a new ear, maybe new ideas.

Best wishes.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 11:43

Tomato ketchup - preferably homemade


What tools does a new gardener need?

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 11:35

Welcome to the forum NiniS - and also to the wonderful world of gardening That is a very nice space you have there - lots of possibilities!

To answer your first question about a basic 'essentials' tool kit - the items I find indispensable are: a pair of good secateurs, a border (digging) fork, a border spade and a hand (ie small hand weeding) fork.

My general advice when buying those tools which will be in constant use - is to buy the best you can afford. I would recommend going to a large garden centre which stocks a wide range of tools. There you will be able to hold the different tools and see how they feel. I'm very short - so spades and forks designed to be used by strong 6' blokes are usually no use to me. You may also find that different handle styles feel naturally more comfortable to you. Small hand tools should feel comfortable and nicely balanced in the hand.

Once you have your basic kit you will soon find you need things such as loppers and rakes etc etc but the 4 I've listed above are an essential start. 

I'd also add a pair of thick gloves if you're going to be handling brambles etc.

Regarding tackling the weeds - I think it depends on what you think you might do with this area.

If you think it will be a general utility area or you might put in hard landscaping or a pond - then zapping the weeds with glyphosate might be the easiest option - although it doesn't work particularly well on ivy and brambles - you'll probably need to dig those out. 

If you think you might plant it up (perhaps a woodland themed area?) you might want to dig it over so you can check there are no little treasures already growing there which will be useful in the new planting. If you're sure there isn't - you can still use weedkiller per Pete's instructions.

A Green Johanna will take some weeds but it's not big enough to take all the stuff you will dig out of there - and some of it is not great for composting either. You can buy builders dumpy bags very cheaply online. You can collect the weeds in those and take them by car to your nearest green waste recycling point. They are reusable.

LB is right that the general rule with a normal compost bin is not to put cooked food / meat / dairy in it as it will attract rats. Green Johanna's are supposed to be designed to be rat proof and used for food composting. I don't know anybody who has one so I'm not sure how rat proof they actually are.

You could certainly screen off a bit in your 'problem' area and have a bay of 3 'normal' compost bins made from wooden pallets. Very cheap and very effective.

Polytunnel advice

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 13:48

Agree - it's almost certainly too cold for toms in an unheated polytunnel. Depends where you are in the country of course - but I don't think anywhere has had night temperature regularly above 10C which is what tomatoes need.

They need to be cossetted in a warmer environment for a couple more weeks yet.

Invest in a maximum / minimum thermometer which will tell you how hot and how cold your polytunnel is getting. Most plants dislike extremes of either.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 13:22

Hope Wonky's got her hard hat on - that was quite a vicious hailstorm!

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 13:21

Afternoon - three cheers - we've finally had a bit of rain (and frost and hail and wind - but that's ok). Could do with few more days of the same - thought getting the shed paint brushes out might make the weather turn.

Hope the hospital appt goes ok RB and hope Lantana and Tiggs have a good time in the big smoke. 

We're great fans of Peter Kay. Very cleverly observed humour - I can watch his stand up shows several times over and still end up crying with laughter. Haven't watched this weeks Car Share yet but it's recorded & ready to go.

Bit of HW now then time to light the fire

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 13:02

Afternoon - cold and grey today. Had a bit of rain overnight (hooray - but lots more needed please) and just had Dove's hailstorm which is making it's way N-S. Will not be going outside today at all

Just had a delivery of 6 plants from Dorset Perennials (3 Aconitum 'Royal Flush' and 3 Geum "Totally Tangerine") The latter should be a nice pop of colour nestled amongst deep purple salvias. Good plants, well packaged and excellent communication regarding delivery etc etc - will use them again

Hope Wonky has another good day - cosied up in a greenhouse sounds like a good option.

The last couple of cars we bought we were offered the option of a foam repair kit or a spare tyre (extra cost). We plumped for the spare tyre both times - apart from anything else I would think it's illegal to tow a caravan using a tyre pumped full of gunk. They're big, heavy tyres though - OH can't lift the spare out on his own without doing himself a mischief. Would definitely be a Green Flag job if I got a puncture.

Bit of housework, then time to light the fire - it's that sort of a day

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