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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 23:11

Good luck with the propagation Mrs G - hope all goes well 

Take it easy Hostafan - carrying on like a mad b**g*r won't make spring come any sooner you know!

Lovely to see so many flowers today - I'm glad I planted some stuff for winter colour & fragrance - really lifted the spirits to see it in the sunshine today.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:05

Today I used my extra-long-handled loppers to cut back the brambles & ivy in my neighbours field which grow through my fence every year to join the self seeded nettles & docks (again from her unmanaged field ) in my strawberry and nursery beds...

Then went to GC & bought 12 sacks of half-price MP compost which I will use to supplement my home produced compost as a mulch for my beds. Several days of shovelling coming up....

Oh - and moved some budding snowdrops from under a hedge to a couple of places where I can see them more easily. Meant to do that last spring but other stuff got in the way as it does 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:56

Finished digging up and digging over my raspberry patch, had a clear up round the shed (must tidy it inside soon), cut some old hazel poles into kindling, spent a lot of time standing and looking wondering where to start next.... so much to do but so many places where I just will not be able to step on the soil for weeks.

Monty Don Tour

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 13:06

Ashdale -  LOL  .

Yes - Monty was doing his talk last night at the Apex in Bury and I assumed that was the talk you were going to - simply because it was the only one I knew about when this thread started    Sorry if I nearly gave you a coronary!!! (Lovely picture of your face and you scurrying to find the tickets though!)

I'm also going on 2nd March - see you there.

Monty Don Tour

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:54

Hope you enjoyed Monty last night Ashdale - I'm really looking forward to seeing him in a few weeks 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 19:07

I'll start in 3rd class and work my way up to 1st....

Where was that Lyn?

iPad problems

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:11

It often works with Apple products - one of the reasons I switched from PC / windows to iMac & other Apple products.

I don't need to know why it sorts out problems 99.9% of the time - I'm just glad it does 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Wonderful news Matty - hopefully in a couple of months time you will be feeling more like yourself and able to enjoy spring with all it's promise of new beginnings 

planting stuff at the wrong time

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 14:35

Treehugger - having read back on my previous posting I do hope you don't think I'm accusing you of wasting money etc etc.

I do understand that this project was thought up by somebody with no background in gardening and that you are doing your level best in impossible circumstances. 

It just makes me so mad when money becomes available to do some good (in an area where it is clearly needed) and it ends up being squandered because somebody had a 'good idea' but didn't think it through or take advice on the best way to implement it.

I don't know how much cash we are talking about here but, if it absolutely, definitely, had to be spent before April - they would have been better off buying some books or other piece of equipment for the school instead of making you and the kids stand around in freezing weather planting seeds that will not yield anything before the project ends.

That would put me off gardening for a long time and would probably do more harm than good if the idea is to get the children interested in growing things.

It must be very disheartening for you (as a gardener and somebody who clearly wants to give to the local community) and I feel very cross on your behalf (as you can probably tell). I am even angrier at the thought that a child growing up in a difficult environment,who might have a spark of interest in horticulture - may have that spark extinguished because somebody came up with a hare brained scheme.

I hope against hope that I am reading your posts wrongly and that you will be allowed to continue to tend this little veggie plot and allow these children to share the joy of growing something for themselves.

planting stuff at the wrong time

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 10:53

Come the beginning of April - What will happen to the stuff you've planted? Are you going to be allowed to keep tending and eventually harvesting any produce or will you just have to abandon the site after March?
If it's the latter then it's all a waste of time, money and effort. I would have thought it would also be disheartening and discouraging for any children who showed even the slightest flicker of interest in the project as they will reap absolutely no reward for their efforts.

For those of us who live in nicer parts of the country, we do sometimes forget how tough it is for good hearted people (like yourself ) who live or work in more difficult areas. But I do think the project should be allowed to continue until harvest as (presumably) the only cost after sowing is some water & your and the childrens' time.
If only one of them is inspired to go on and cook healthier meals or grow something at home it will have been worth the effort.

If everything has to be abandoned in April I really don't understand the purpose of the project and think the money could have been better spent elsewhere. 

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