Latest posts by veggiepatch1

Nearly the weekend ;-)

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:32

Only another 4 1/2hrs to go then I'm free from the office I simply cannot wait and am sooooo very, very exicted. 



Ground Elder for a beginner

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:29

Hello, I was advised once by a professional gardener the best way to get rid of ground elder is weedkiller, the best way to apply is to wait until they are just about to flower as all the energy is going into making the flower which puts the plant at a weeker stage and less likely to fight off the weed killer, bash the plant a lot to bruise and damage it further to weaken the plant further again, and then apply the weedkiller, the plant will be very week from producing flowers and also from being bashed and bruised  it will not be able to fight off the weedkiller as easily.

Ive not tried it but it kinda makes sense to me.

Good luck


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:25

Cloud, rain with the odd dash of sunshine!

Compost bags

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:24

Anyone with horses are always welcome for these bags as they use them to scoop up the horse poo and put the bags outside the gates to their fields for passer-bys to pick up.  They always ask for them back as they can never have enough of them.

It maybe worth popping them in the boot of your car whilst your out and about if you see a field with horses and bags of horse poo - just drop the bags off (make sure they are secured i.e. wedge them into a gate or something to stop them blowing away). 


Greenhouse Glass

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:19


Having picked up a 10 x 8 greenhouse for free for the lotti, I now have to purchase about 24 panes of glass which were damaged either by us transporting it or by the previous owner.

We have just received a number of quotes for greenhouse glass, the cheepest being £120.  And, whilst this isn't extortionate amount to enable us to complete our greenhouse i.e. we wouldnt get one that size new, I would like to purchase cheeper glass or other clear materiel i.e. plastic sheeting (not polythene sheets) as it will just rip in the wind (we have very high gusty gales on our site as its very exposed).

Any ideas will be greatly welcomed as I cannot wait to get my seedlings off my windsills and out of the shed into the greenhouse.

We have tried E-Bay, Freecycle etc. oh yes the glass is a really weird size - slightly larger than normal size glass.




Just saying hi and introducing myself :-)

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:08

Hello all

Thank you for making me feel welcome, it sounds like you have a great bunch of virtual friends on here who are very knowledgeable.  Ive been on allotments most of my life working along side my mum on hers back in the 70's.  I was only old enough to sow a few peas but like most of us it's the early days when we were toddlers sowing a few peas or beans that sowed the interest in gardening fruit and veg.  Since then I have always grown my own either on an allotment or, in my garden or, in tubs when I didn't have either. 


Just saying hi and introducing myself :-)

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 12:57

Hello all

I joined a short whilst ago but didn't get a chance to pop on here and use the forums and say hi to everyone.

Ive got an allotment, I love it and find it a lovely way of de-stressing after a hard days slog in the office, since having it my stress levels have reduced dramatically. 

I grow everything from fruit and veg to flowers and herbs.  Some days after work I don't go up to do any work on the plot, instead I just like to pop up, make a cup of tea and just relax in on the plot listening to the birds and perhaps say hello to a couple of fellow plot holders. 

We have all sorts of wildlife on our lottie site, deer, badgers, foxes, rabbits, moles, mice as well as a variety of birds including some buzzards over the back and, not forgetting the pheasents - a pair seem to have taken a liking to our plot and I keep finding them on it of an evening - Im just hoping they arn't looking for somewhere to nest.

I love getting my hands dirty - the feel of the soil, the smell of fresh air and the tranquil sounds of the breeze through the trees and the evening birdsong is just heavenly.

Anyway, I hope I'm able to advise and am made to feel welcome on your forums. 

For now though, my lunchbreak is nearly over and I must make a cuppa before I start work again.




p.s I wasn't sure which forum area to pop into and say hi. x

council recycled compost

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 12:48

I normally by B+Q's own brand - Verve and haven't had any issues with it, this bag which I purchased a few weeks ago has bits of plastic in it.  Im thinking of taking it back and complaing - unless people complain nothing will get done to improve the quality.

Beginner failing miserably.

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 12:43

If they are tall and leggy and falling over there is two reasons for this, lack of light or damping off.

Lack of light will cause the plants to stretch upwards seeking out light, they will compete against each other for this and become leggy, once leggy they have no strength in their stems to hold them up.

If they are only very, small i.e. 1/2cm then it probably is damping off caused by a virus.  Pots not washed properly from previous seed sowing can carry the virus, in future wash pots thoroughly in hot soapy water with a dash of detergent to kill virus' present.

Don't loose heart, all gardeners suffer from these issues for example i'm on my second sowing of parsnip seeds and still trying to get them to germinate - I'm not disapointed or frustrated as I know how tempermental they are to germinate and they take a long time, eventually Ill get some going.

Which seedlings can I put out now ?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 12:37

It depends on the area of the country you live in, April is a time for unexpected sharp frosts at night, although looking out the window today it looks warm and sunny, I would keep them under cover for a bit yet and then start gradually hardening them off. Best to take it slow and have healthy plants than rush at putting them out and risk them being checked and put back a few weeks.

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