- I live in Lancashire and like to spend time in the garden and on the allotment. Love growing my own veg and flowers from seed and never seem to tire of seeing plants grow from tiny beginnings
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2 days ago at 12:54
Only just read you post Gg, I'd use black plastic, my bin has a weed membrane but only as it was to hand when I made the bays.
I'm redesigning one of my beds and going to have a nursery for first sowings and seedlings. I acquired some pallet braces, I think that's what they're called, the plan is to have at least four small beds, close to the GH.
I'll take some pics and try to post them when finished. It may take a few weeks as the weather hasn't been ideal, it was snowing here this morning. Not sure what it's going to be like over the weekend. I've started to relocate the fruit bushes to make room.
14 Jan 2018 16:49
Which varieties did you get, GWRS.
I've Sharps Express and Wilja. Will probably get a couple more but haven't decided which. There are two potato days coming up locally, looking forward to them.
13 Jan 2018 21:31
I"be been going through my seed box, there are some flowers which can be sown from February.
Looked in my old diaries today and I've sown chillies and aubergines in February.
Garlic, onions and shallots were planted out in October
I've some elephant garlic to plant out, haven't grown it before,
13 Jan 2018 21:09
Hi, went to plot this morning, prepared a bed as I'm going to move some fruit bushes.
Also bought some summer bulbs and some 1st and 2nd earlies.
07 Jan 2018 22:39
I first read KG mag when I had a small kitchen garden but it's more for those with a large plot. Haven't actually ordered it yet...
07 Jan 2018 22:21
I do both.
Also, covering, first with cardboard, muck then plastic works well, the worms pull the muck into the soil whist the dark will kill the weeds due to lack of light.
In April or a couple of weeks before planting, pull back the plastic, dig the soil over removing all further weeds and leave for a couple of weeks, any weeds which grow dig out again before planting out.
Good luck and happy growing.
07 Jan 2018 13:24
The mag is kitchen garden, I fancied a change to GW mag.
06 Jan 2018 17:39
Expecting strong winds here over next few days so went to plot to make sure everything was batoned down and replaced some cracked glass in GH's.
There were quite a few plot holders there, prepping their plots ready for spring.
31 Dec 2017 15:34
Out for a meal this evening but will bring in the new year at home. Happy New Year you guys.
I'm thinking of subscribing to a garden mag again, if the offer is still on 20 packets of seeds come with first mag. Will only need to buy spuds then to start chitting in New year.
20 Dec 2017 18:39
It's the winter solstice tomorrow, days start getting longer.
It's been ever so cold here. I've been going through my diary. Started sowing chillies in February and spuds had been chitting since January.
Merry Christmas everyone, I got a sign for the plot with my name on from secret Santa...🎅
10 Dec 2017 16:12
Went to plot to check nothing had blown away after storm Caroline and the recent snow.
All's well. I've two panes of glass missing from one GH so taped up the hole until I can get some glass.
09 Dec 2017 08:38
I'm hoping to go on Sunday.
08 Dec 2017 20:50
They could be a pumpkin variety, I grew some this yr which grew green then changed colour and ripened to orange once picked.
On a different note I grew a number of different chilli varieties, seemed a shame to compost all the plants once chillies had been picked.
So I brought a couple of plants into house. Cutting to the chase, I'm still picking chillies ...😀
05 Dec 2017 06:35
Not been to the plot for a while, was away last weekend.
I've been going through seed catalogues.
I'm going to try and sow somethings at least twice next yr so am looking at early varieties.
Early lettuce did well last yr but not so well mid summer. Peas and broad beans did well but didn't sow a second lot.
26 Nov 2017 22:06
Went to the plot and laid some more of the path I'm making.
I've been soaking perennial weeds, when they've rotted down the plan is to dig them into the soil. It saves a trip to the tip.
I've some winter jobs still to do.
21 Nov 2017 22:52
Tycerrig your GH was a real bargin.
I find now is the time to get ahead. I use the winter months improving the structure on the plot by adding paths, repairing fences etc.
You can plant fruit trees, currant and gooseberry bushes and raspberry canes now.
Asparagus and new rubbarb crowns can be planted. If you want to grow flowers to cut or just to encourage pollinators it's not to late to plant some bulbs, tulips can still be planted now.
20 Nov 2017 15:04
Thanks Gg. I've contacted my local B&Q and will collect an application form later.
17 Nov 2017 23:27
I composted mine a few weeks ago. I've never been very successful with sprouts, they'd been eaten by either slugs or Caterpillars
I've a dwarf variety for next year, will have one more try at growing them😀
I"m decorating tomorrow, and the link, the feature wall is palm trees...😀
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16 Nov 2017 20:01
Gg. Thanks for the links will contact my local store to see if they are part of the scheme
16 Nov 2017 11:15
The boundary fence is always in need of new hedging, contacting the woodland trust is a good idea.
Gg. What is the B&Q wastage scheme?
Can't believe the cheek of people fly tipping. Someone left a Formica work top outside my plot.