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Forum names

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 23:35

Guess my user name could conjure up someone always in a rush who whizzes along getting everything done at break neck speed, sorry to disappoint, I'm more laid back and reclining than the name suggests.

To cut to the chase, one evening whilst reminiscing with family, saying how grand life had turned out, we got to talking about what we were like as children. I'm the youngest of five and apparently when learning to talk couldn't pronounce my name, so would announce to everyone, much to their amusment, I was called Loomer. At about the same time as this family gathering, people were just starting to e-mail but not always using their real name, the internet, me thinks hadn't been invented then, we had a very amusing evening saying what each other should call themselves on e-mail

When I first signed up on a garden forum, didn't know much about gardening and Loomer was not a name I was about to sign up asso thought of something which rhymed, Bloomer wasn't even in the stakes, so it was Zoomer.       

potatoes

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 20:46

Mine have been chitting since January, some were bought at a potato fair and although most have longish shoots (2inches)it's all healthy growth.

I usually plant about Easter time, last year the weather was glorious. I'll be waiting this time for warmer weather, better to wait than risk losing them to frost.

Painting a trellis...

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 21:55

The trellis should have been treated when it went up about 2yrs or so ago but wasn't. It's free standing about a ft in from the fence with a ft wide slate path behind, so accessible from behind.

Ivy and honey suckle aren't well established on the trellis so could easily be untwined. There's a potato plant whose branches can't be untwined but me thought it would be ok if these got a little wood stain on. I'm happy to prune the Lavatera down, it's a rigourous plant and will survive a sever pruning.

Here's the problem... I'm not sure when to prune back clematis...Freckles and jingle bells  are well established, both evergreen and cover the middle section of the trellis, they're just coming to the end of flowering and look really lush. There is also a summer flowering clematis grown in between them to flower between May and September which looks almost dead but has started to put out shoots and grows in the branches of freckles and jingle bells.

The Q is , the trellis needs painting and the clematis will need to be cut back/pruned, can this be done now and how far back can they be pruned...

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 20:46

LOL. Busy-Lizzie. Have a nice Easter, sounds like yours will be fun if not exhausting.

The extra hour means I'll get home every night in daylight and this time last year liked spending an hour or so in the garden just winding down and reading the paper, if the weather doesn't warm up I might find myself sat in the GH with a coat on reading the paper

Seed swap

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 20:15

Hi, Bev,

Can I have the Snake Gourds please, thought I had some seeds from last year but they must have been sown. Hopefully I'll have better luck with them this time around, not a single gourd last year.

 

Rubbish/recycling

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 19:59

We get two wheelie bins, a food caddie for indoors, food bin for outdoors and two recycle boxes, one black the other green. Our collection is each week, 1st week it's non-recyclables and second week it's recyclables. Council won't collect from garden but will return boxes to the garden, I've aquired 6 green boxes and seem to get everyone's lids left in my garden, presumably this is because my house is the first on the road. I'm running out of uses for them, 2 - I save leaf mulch in and am considering growing spuds in the others, I'm happy to give them back but they just keep giving me more

Our council are keen to fine, the one time I forgot to bring my bin in, there was a letter stuck on top the following day to say I faced a £60 fine if it was left out again. 

Interestingly, there was an article in our local paper recently saying most of our recycle stuff goes in land fill because we haven't got the facilities to recycle it.     

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 19:33

Bitterly cold and gale force winds here. It's been trying to snow all day.

Not gardening weather, so I've been to the children's cinema with friend and 3 three children followed by lunch out. When I got back, could not believe someone was out on the allotment, at the back of the house, digging over his plot, he'd dug over quite a lot too, all the other plots had snow patches on them  and then I heard the ice-cream van arrive at the front 

Only Three

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 19:02

Lilies, bleeding heart, strawberries(wouldn't get many strawberries from one plant though)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 20:45

LOL.

Driving snow and strong winds here. I ended my day in Chorley and drove home on the A6, the wind was so strong the car kept being blown about, drove a steady 45mph gripping the wheel, wish I'd had your brolly attached to the back bumper figrat, one driver behind was so impatient and drove so close I thought he was going to end up on the back seat  wouldn't have minded but there were plenty of opportunities to over take      

Cucumbers

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 20:29

If you are potting up from germination stage, I pot the compost up to the first leaves, (not to be confused with the true leaves) and use vermiculite on the surface of the compost making sure it's all around the stem, then water from the bottom but don't wet the compost to saturation point, it only needs to be damp, the vermiculite will go darker as it gets wet so you'll know when the compost has taken up sufficient water.

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