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Latest posts by Yviestevie

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 17:30

I bought the seven tray heated one last year and it has proved to be really good.  Had a great germination rate and hoping for another good year.  They do a thermostatically controlled version but I think that's really expensive.


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 17:24

Evening all,  Didn't get any snow Bekkie it must have stayed in your neck of the woods.   None in Worcester either.  Son in law stayed at home today as he couldn't drive because he trapped a nerve in his shoulder and he couldn't move his neck to drive. Had to drive him to the doctors and he's now having to take diazapam. Meant I could come home a bit early tonight.

Really need the weather to warm up now so I can get cracking in the garden, get the rest tidied up and get some plants in the ground. I can't afford do much more planning, It's getting too expensive on the plant front.   Off for a quick look round.


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 18:06

Hi Bekkie, Yes they are the same, I was planning to put mine in pots, I thought they like their roots compacted and that they weren't really hardy.  I'd much prefer to put them in the garden.

Thanks for the update on the snow I suppose I'd better get moving and get over to Firstborn's just in case.

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 18:03

Would have no problem in paying more for milk.  I really don't like the taste of fresh milk it makes me feel sick, so we all drink skimmed long life (secondborn had a serious dairy allergy from birth so we all got used to it).  That said, it's still milk so I don't see why we should pay a pittance for it.  We always try to buy good quality meat, would rather eat less and pay more than buy poorer quality.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 17:38

I've unpacked some new plants, does that count.


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 17:32

Hi Folks, It's so cold here and I have to go out and drive to Firstborns as it's a nanna day tomorrow, not looking forward to the trip.  Snow forecast for tonight, not sure how much.

Had my nerines from the mag delivered today. Also had some plants delivered 2 foxgloves, a lemon queen and a geum.  I'll keep them in pots on the conservatory window ledge until I can get them in the ground. 

Any advice re the nerines, should I plant them in pots asap and perhaps store them in the cold greenhouse, never grown them before so not sure. 

Bekkie stay away from the gee, I think it's just melted butter, anyway it's really fattening.  Re sandwiches I don't think anything comes close to butter so if I'm cutting it out I use light mayonnaise as a spread instead.  Frying I use Fry light olive oil.

Choosing Acers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 11:37

Blairs, I have sambucus black lace, its beautiful and is quite happy being pruned to keep in check.

Choosing Acers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 10:12

I'm considering purchasing an Acer at the moment.  I'm looking at Acer Palmatum Katsura, does anyone have any experience of growing this particular variety.  It would be in a sheltered spot and in light shade for most of the day.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 19:00

Fairy, I remember mum having one of those, yuk.


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 18:52

Hi all, it's taken ages to catch up and I've only been missing a day.  Hope you're OK Panda.

I've just ordered a load of organic manure from your compost supplier Bekkie, was a v.good price.  I once used manure from a stable, never again.  They drove up and dropped it on the drive, the neighbours didn't speak to me for months.  It was vile.

Re my gardening budget, I usually work out what I think I will spend, multiply it by 2 and allow a 100% contingency slush fund.  I'll probably still break it.

Can't remember who it was but someone was worried about a school being built behind them.  I used to live two door from a senior school and never had a problem apart from parking.  However, it did go downhill and when I came home unexpectedly and found a load of students eating fish and chips in my porch I decided it was time to move.  I now, once again, live in between two schools and have no problems at all.

Hope everyone has a good evening, I'm off to look around.

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