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Water butts

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 23:21

I have an old bin which collects water, like Bjay, the lid is inverted and it's surprising how quickly it fills up with rain water.

Now that we have the huge recycle bins you might try asking friends and family if they still have their old bins, I acquired three that way.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 20:28

Nice day here in NW. Bright and sunny, some rain in the afternoon.

wisest use of space

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 18:00

Depends on the width of the bed and the amount of sun it gets.

 I'm not very good with compass points and where the sun is in relation to east and west etc..  I get sun all day, apart from shade which is man made by my neighbours 8ft high fence and wall, so have not needed to get my head around South East facing walls, If you say what time you get sun in summer and for how long I'd be better able to advise .

The wall should not be an issue providing you get alot of sun and double dig in manure at the start and then give the soil a dressing each year to provide a feed for the plants you plan to plant. I put in a 6ft high trellis a ft in front of the nieghbours wall/fence after removing two conifers which were as tall as the house, it's a flower bed now with climbers. 

I don't see any reason why you can't grow cordons and plant veg in front.

Winter Veg

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 17:03

Complete novice, I read you post as Dove did, ie you were thinking of covering plants with black plastic instead of using fleece, fleece isn't a ground cover but protects plants already in growth and protects them either by wrapping the fleece around the plant  or covering the foliage, if you see what I mean

Using black plastic to warm up soil in spring makes sense however garlic needs a cold spell to enable the cloves to split and doesn't need ground cover to protect it. If you haven't planted out your garlic yet there is probably still  time to start it in modules providing you can keep it warm enough to put out shoots.

I'm not sure about onions, I wait till spring to plant those.   

Jim-I watch BeechGrove, excellent gardening programme.

There's probably little you can grow at this time of year but to get an early start next year, covering your veg beds about March-April time with black plastic will warm up your soil to give you an early start, you would then need to split the plastic where you are to plant and plant out. I'm in the NW and to get an early start this year bought a frame and then covered my veg beds with a plastic tunnel.

Look through the seed catalogues and plan for next spring. Happy gardening     

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 16:12

Not a cloud in the sky, clear blue, warm and sunny here.

Out in the garden most of the morning.

Jo, I need a good clear out too, I'm thinking car boot in the spring at give away prices and what doesn't sell goes to the tip. Did the same thing last year and had a tub of teddies/dolls which were freebie's to everyone who had a child and bought something, went down a treat and I sold most of the stuff, what I didn't sell by lunch time, went to see if other stall holders wanted to buy and made a few more pounds. Didn't need to go to the tip.      

I'd love a house which was minimalistic but can't bear parting with stuff, me thinks my winter project will be putting in shelves in the basement to store all  the stuff I need but never use 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 19:56

It's rained for the most the day here, interspersed with the occasional hail storm. Very chilly this evening but the forecast is good for tomorrow.

Where have all my beans gone!.

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 19:40

Thanks for the advice. I've started to open the pods.

There were no sizable beans in the yellow podded one's and none in the cream/red pods but it's looking better than I thought for the other varieties, over 50 seeds from the purple podded one's and 12 large white/purple seeds from painted lady  although there are lots of  tiny green seeds which presumably are no good and 4 seeds from the green podded one's.

I'm pleased with the result, would have been really disappointed if there'd been no seeds. I'll do as you advice for next year.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 20:32

I've not contributed on here for a few days as I'm running out of ways to discribe rainy days. Today's box broke the weather up by putting in a moon at 6pm but it was dark by 4.30 due to dark rain clouds.

I've not seen the garden all week as it's been dark when I've got home from work but suspect tomorrow when it is seen, it'll look like Water World...

Where have all my beans gone!.

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 18:31

Terence - I only grow a couple of plants for each variety and grew five varieties this year, so leaving a whole plant isn't really practical although I can see the sense in doing so.

There maybe some cross pollination too with the seeds I do get as they were grown next to each other and had different coloured pods.

I checked some more pods this evening and some of the seeds are going mouldy, any suggestions.  

Talkback: How to ripen tomatoes on the vine

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 23:01

I'm in the NW johnlamond and only had a few toms which wouldn't go red or yellow so cut down the plants and instead of hanging them in a warm shed hung them in a warm GH. The toms which were turning red or yellow did ripen but those whch were green have stayed green, so I'm not convinced Chris's method works for green toms either . 

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