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Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 00:32

Nice pictures everyone.

I visited Brantwood former home of John Ruskin earlier in the week. Stunning views of Coniston  water and The Old Man of Coniston. If you like history there was alot of information in the house about John Ruskin and a short video telling of his life.

The garden is on a steep hill around the house. 'Brant' meaning steep, the garden is mainly informal and at this time of year, more wild than anything else although there are planted borders on the walk to and from the little harbour.

Haven't managed to load up any pictures yet but if you google 'View from the bottom of the garden, picture of Brantwood it takes you to a site which has pictures of the house, garden and views.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:50

The cost of a plot where I am ranges from £20 to £60 according to size. 10% discount for over 27's

Half the plot needs to be cultivated and some plot holders do just enough to keep their sites but other sites are well cared for.

Take heart Gg, I was a lazy gardener and my intentions are to be a lazy allotmenteer but it's hard work to start with.

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 19:46

Very impressive, well done.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 22:17

Gg. Picked some sweetcorn today...yummy, it's been to wet to go down until now. 

What a luxury ginagibbs you must be on a posh allotment with a loo.

Gg, have you put your name down for an allotment, if not go for it. Nothing to lose.

Plums Again

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 00:32

I'm no expert having only picked fruit from a cherry plum for the first time this year but found the fruit continues to ripen very quickly after picking.

I made two pickings the first was for ripe fruit and fruit which was partly ripe but still half green. I left the green fruit on the tree but this was ready for picking only 7 to 10 days later.   

Ripe fruit will rot very quickly and if rotting fruit is touching other fruits it will cause them to rot too. Storing them even just for a week in those cardboard egg trays will seperate the fruit, allow them to ripen further, any rotting fruit can be removed and because they aren't touching a rotting fruit does not effect the rest of your plums.

My experience has been once picked you need to decide quickly what you are going to do with the crop by way of preserving it, I made plum and apple jam but you can also make jelly's and preserve plums in a syrup. I'm sure someone else will be long to say what you can do with plums...

Hope this is helpful

OK, who's got it?

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 23:36

A friend...

...had two potted conifers stolen from her front garden......so bought two more and stuck drawing pins to the underside rim of the plastic pots...someone tried again to steal these because when she got up one morning found the new potted conifers were still in the garden but the pots laid on their sides... I would imagine who every it was who had tried to steal them...would have very sore fingers...and since then has never had a plant stolen...      

Read in the paper today

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:54

 Mac'd's coffee's are drinkable when you are on the way to work and didn't get time to have one at home...sausage and egg muffin's also fill a gap between 8am and lunch time .     

Read in the paper today

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:40

I like most of the stuff on the list Runnybeak apart from Avocado and have never eaten chicken livers, probably not going to now either.

I don't like scallops or raw fish although I can eat salmon uncooked and if I eat fish and get a bone in my mouth it puts me off eating the rest so although liking fish, will pick at it after boning before putting it in my mouth.   

My other hate is tom's that have been cut the wrong way with the middle core left in, you often find that in shop bought sandwiches so if buying a sandwich it has to be without tom's in it.   

Tomatoes

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:12

My tom plants in the GH, look alot healthier this year but not as many toms on the plants. Some have gone red but most are still green. 

The one's outside in hanging baskets have been very poor, they started to fruit early and have all but stopped now.

One of my chilli plants though has alot of fruit going red, which I thought was a bit early for chillies, I'm convinced it was September time last year before these started to change colour.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 20:54

Mines 30 for half a plot. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 21:17

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 21:31

Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 09:38

'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 10:44

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 00:11

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2014 at 22:27

Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 21:38

Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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