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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:34

Seemed cooler here today, we didn't get any wind, Frank. It's not as cold this evening either so am thinking it's nearly time to get the spuds planted out.  

Came home with afew extra hours of daylight left so watered plants in GH. Haven't bought any new multi purpose compost yet was waiting to hear the verdict from others but am tempted this year to get the big bags instead of a load of grow bags.   

Seed Sowing

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:16

Started onions in modules they're ready to be planted out. Beetroot and kohl have germinated in plastic GH. Swede hasn't.

Indoors with true leaves - various toms, chillies, various pea's, leeks! spring onion! Various sunflowers, lobelia, marigolds. various flower seedlings. 

Out of propogator but withuot true leaves - various peppers, aubergines.

In propogator - more peppers, more toms, cues and space for 3 trays, haven't decided what to start off next but it's looking like broccoli, Calabrese and possibly dahlia's. Haven't started courgettes, squash or any herbs yet.

Total failures - Maskotka toms, 3 out of 4 seeds came up, then all died. Poor germination for chillies 50%, peppers very slow to germinate and I lost my first batch of pea's 'early onwards'.

Stupid weather!

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 21:47

I've been fortunate and always had nice neighbours on one side.

Bought a large water pistol one year for one neighbours minature person, to squirt the cat if she ever ventured into their garden, minature person wasn't allowed to squirt her though if she was sat at the gap in the fence and on my side. It worked out well, I was in the garden when minature person tried it out, cat soon learned, neighbours were happy to tell me if cat had been in their garden and child had a nice summer.  

The cat is in the winter of her years now and seldom ventures out of the garden, but will sit at the gap in the fence peering into the neighbours garden. New minature person now comes and strokes her through the gap.

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 20:51

I've spuds been chitting since January, bought at a potato fair, surprisingly, they are a lot firmer than the one's bought from a local nursery and GC, but they are all ready to be planted out.    

I'm in the NW and was going to start planting mine in bags next week unless the weather takes a steep dive for the worst.

 

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 00:17

Some good sugestions above, love the willow coloured garden shed and orange pergola.

I think it's a matter of personal choice and chose to paint my fences/trellis rich oak using a wood preserve after having a lighter shade but acknowledge from puckdoc and Dovefromabove that colour does effect your planting and the illlusion of space.

You've clearly spent time thinking about the design of your garden. I like the colour of your shed from the photo taken of the front, it could be the way the light is caught but it looks rich and natural. I'd go with that colour for your main structures, trellis and shed with a darker colour for the fence, creating both boundaries and space.    

Stupid weather!

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 23:24

Good advise Mattbeer87, if you work for Homebase, nice to have you on board.  

FORKERS Sheds

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 23:00

GG  I've cupboards in the kitchen like that. Pre-shed days I had to trudge down to the basement for anything to do with the garden, a tidy shed is lazy gardening in Zoomer's garden

FORKERS Sheds

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 22:54

 The hooks on the doors are two racks screwed along the top beam of either door, they  were in the old kitchen used to hang utencils on. The hooks slide along a rail. For longer tools like hoe and rake I also put clips on the middle beam of the door to stop them swinging or dropping off the hooks when the door is opened.

You need to be mindful to distribute the load on each door as weight may put strain on the hinges. I've not had any problems though.        

FORKERS Sheds

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 22:35

I've a shed. It needs to be tidy or all the stuff in there simply wouldn't fit in. Every available space is used.

It's a 4 by 6, the wide side has double doors, there's shelving at the back, for everything from pots, trays and fertilizers to fence paint, nails and hammer. Pots need washing before storing or they simply wouldn't all fit in. Hooks and nails on the side panels to hang folding chairs and small hand tools. Even the double doors have hooks for regular use tools like rake, hoe, edger hand spade and fork. A gas bar-be-cue also fits in and it's not a small one.  The lawn mower fits in leaving a ft square to walk in and out.

I get mice in the in winter so all the fertilizers, feeds and stuff which come in bags need to be put in plastic labelled containers.  

As it's one side of the patio, it's painted to look kinder on the eye and has flowering, pots in front with trellis on the side. Last year sunflowers were grown up the trellis and morning glory in the pots. Not sure what to grow there this year.

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kilmarnock willow

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 21:30

No problems.

I've a Patio Salix Kilmarnock, a lot smaller version then the one's usually seen planted out in the garden. Had it in the same pot for at least five years, keep meaning to pot it up but never seem to get round to it. Keep it well fed during the growing season and put a mulch around the top of the pot each year.  

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