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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Complete novice getting started

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 20:42

Hi, Paddy,

welome to the threads. I started off with just one veg bed in the back garden, you won't look back. Nothing better to clear the mind and it's ever so satisfying eating what you've grown.

If you don't find what you want at B & Q there are some good sites on line where you can pick up a reasonable priced cold frame.

I tend not to grow veg over winter but spend the time feeding the birds, buying seeds and planning where I'm going to plant what next season.

Happy gardening...

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 22:48

I saved Painted Lady and a purple french bean, Cosse Violette last year. 

Received good advise from posters but didn't decide to save them until late in the season, so the beans in their pods, spent their final weeks drying indoors.

I was pleased with the first attempt but some of the beans were smaller than the original bought and as I still had some bought one's left over, sowed these rather than the saved one's this year, knowing beans will be viable for a few years.


Checking the beans this evening some are dryer than others and only a few with smooth healthy skins. Q is are all the beans ok to sow next year.

This year I stopped picking earlier, there were so many, got sick of eating them and have a freezer full of beans to last a life time.

I've checked the beans to be saved still on the plants and they are as big as bought one's for sowing so hopefully I should get better results. Me thinks lettting last yrs seeds dry indoors was not a good plan. Q is how long are the pods left on the plant, I've started to pick off the leaves but some pods do not have beans in, the yellow podded one's are particularly empty of beans.      


Self seeding foxglove...

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 22:17

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove, the pods exploded and there are now hundreds of seedlings growing in a flower bed. Which is fine as I didn't sow any for next year.

The question is they are very tiny and will they survive the winter for flowering next year. I was going to thin them out and replant some in a nursery bed is that a good plan or should I pot some up and try to protect them in the GH or just leave them where they are?

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 21:04

Linda - they don't like the GH either I tried yard long noodles.

I bought some seeds whilst in France and have a few radish vartieties which come in red, white, yellow and purple. Also going to try Chioggia, beetroot which has red and white stripes.

I grew gerkins by accident one year thinking it was a cucumber, they were seeds bought in France. I'm getting better at reading French and translating so hopefully there won't be any suprises this year

Grew white strawberries this year, a small alpine variety but left them on the plant too long before picking so they were soft, that's the problem with white strawberries you can't tell when they're ripe.

Dangers in your compost

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 00:10

Been wearing gloves when gardening since Adam was a lad. Whilst compost may contain all sorts of nastie's and can be good for the garden it does nothing for your nails.

Like secatars, having a selection of gloves is a priority, chipped nail's is the last thing you want after a day in the garden following a manicure.

I don't want to make light of your posting but if suppliers of compost are selling stuff which is harmful then rather than including a government health warning shouldn't the suppliers be challenged instead of the purchaser!   


I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:25

Strawberry plants are really hardy. You can still plant out strawberries now as there will be enough heat in the soil for them to root before the onset of winter, alternatively you could plant some up in a trough and over winter these in the GH for an early crop of forced strawberries in the spring. You might be taking a chance as they are new runners and get a low crop though but if you have alot of plants, nothing ventured nothing gained.


Built this

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:58

I'm impressed too. I like the use of the trellis to support plants 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:36

Cold and windy here today. The nights are begining to draw in it was going dark by the time I got home this evening. 

Haven't had chance to get out in the garden for a few weeks now, hoping to give it a tidy up at the weekend and clear the GH.


Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:27

Busy-Lizzie - there are seversal slots, my home computer is an old one and has a hard drive. Should really invest in a laptop for home use but use a laptop daily for work and have had problems with posture, bad back etc...

I've tried to load pics and will try again, but it's a tab bit late now and they aren't fabulous pictures which I took of Kew or Savill garden, I've only a digi camera.


Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 21:36

Thanks for posting a picture Busy-Lizzie. I must learn how to do that, it might be a while though as I've also lost the connector wire from the camera to the computer.

The garden is set in about 35acres. The picture is the summer gardens. The scent in the rose garden was amazing. There's a spring wood, summer wood, bog garden, dry garden, an autumn wood and winter beds. The list goes on...You could visit at any time of the year and see something of interest.

First  time to Windsor too, certainly worth a full weekend visit.


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