Zoomer44


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Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:17

Would love some permanent seating which can stay out all year and like the idea of a two seater arrangement made from logs with a table in between joining them. I've my eye on one at a local nursery, must take a tape measure next time I'm there to see if it will fit in a space between the shed and flower bed.

Talkback: Seed Club - early seed sowing

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:36

Malope which were only sown on Sunday are already showing. Dianthus and Snap Dragon not showing yet. Chillies, Aubergines and leeks also sown but not expecting them to show for at least another week or two.

Recycling things to use in the garden

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 00:15

I use egg shells mainly In GH pots and on the GH bed as one defence againt slugs and snails but egg shells also add a little calcium to the soil.  .

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 00:03

My back garden is like a Doctor Who's Tardis.

There's a small patio which has a shed and bike shed  to store stuff in, either end. Without them the area would be quite large but the space which is left is big enough for a round table, four chairs and bar-be-cue, conveniently, the size of a gazebo for those rainy days when entertaining, and wide enough not to knock over pots. This furniture all folds down and can by stored in the bike shed but it is hard wood and usually stay's out for the duration of the summer where you could breakfast, lunch and tea, if the weathers was fine, and look out into the garden.  

I've then an asortment of fold aways seats which come out if numbers exceed four when entertaining and pots are moved to the path, and I've a sun lounger if I'm feeling really decandent to catch the summer rays.

The patio and main path is tarmac with in laid stones, not everyone's first choice but friends children can chalk on them, draw pictures, play hop scotch and notes and crosses when they visit, and the rain washes the chalk away when they've gone. The patio area is also large enough for a paddling pool once furniture is stored away.       

Seed swap

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:52

Well done Dave.

I'm holding off sowing my seed swap seeds a few more weeks, can't wait to start sowing the dahlias though. I have trouble getting tubers to start growing again, I've about six saved tubers and two which were bought a few weeks ago. Have far more success with seeds.   

Talkback: Early seed sowing

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:43

I couldn't wait, cleaned the GH over half term, got the window sill propagator out on Saturday and by Sunday it was full of chillies, aubergines, leeks and various hardy flower seeds

I read some where, chilli seeds can take up to 3 weeks to germinate so it could be mid March before seedlings start to appear, last year I started sowing this coming weekend so I'm only a week earlier..

Cleaning greenhouses

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:28

How do you clear the mossy stuff which gets stuck between the panes of glass on a GH?

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:21

I just use a hoe or fork and turn the compost in on it's self from the sides but start when it's only a quarter full, then turn it again when it's a further quarter full.  

As for getting it out, I make sure there's no creepy crawlie's round the rim, lean in and scoop it into a large bucket. 

Recycling things to use in the garden

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 22:28

I use plastic milk cartons to store home made seaweed feed. Reuse old labels by soaking them in bleach for a few days, takes all the marker pen off them. Old panes of cracked glass from the GH get cut down to uniform sizes and are used as cloches.The large fizzy pop bottles are cut in half as cloches.

An old plastic dust bin for a water butt, the up turned lid collects water and when full it gets tipped in. An old plastic dust bin stores next years manure or  can be used to let leaves rot down in. Flower buckets to grow veg in. I've cut the bottom of those too and use them in the GH as bottomless pots to grows stuff in the GH bed. 

Wooden fruit crates are excellent for putting potted up plants in. The containers take-a-ways come in are good to freeze stuff grown in the garden and great to store various feeds like bone meal in or bird seed, slug pellets etc, and. they are mouse, nibble proof. I have a problem some years with mice in the shed nibbling through things. 

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 21:17

A crispy and and chilly morning here, but as the day wore on the sun came out, down to 5C according to the temp gauage in the car driving home this evening. Can't wait for the clocks to change, it'll be nice to get home in day light again.    

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