Zoomer44


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The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:41

Thanks Patsy, just checked out Mahonia and am quite taken by it, very seasonal, cuttings would make a nice table decoration at Christmas and it flowers from November to March.

 

Spud fairs...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:09

I grow in bags, tried them in the veg bed one year and the year after had another harvest of spuds sprouting in with the broccoli.

I agree there's nothing nicer than tasting home grown and trying new one's too. Ambo, Edzell Blue, Dunluce, Nicola and Maris Bard all did well in bags. Looking back in my diary's, PJ and RD of Y seem to be favourites each year though.

I'm ever so excited, just put my name down for an allotment, must keep my feet on the ground though, the list could be long, and I might be 27 before one's offered.

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 22:33

Thanks, good advise from Dove, Verdun and Blairs. Hope you found it helpful Moggy and good luck with your mission to get a tree sgl 

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 22:23

I'd like to do more with the front this year, it's in shade most of the day, even in mid summer. Woodland plants may grow there...when it was a garden, ferns did well and there are some evergreen grasses which may do well. I'm thinking I can move some of the gravel, cut through the weed membrane, plant up and move the gravel back, probably not a good plan

Garfield, the cat was buried in the front earlier this year too , I couldn't leave her at the vets, so when she went off to rainbow bridge and after much discussion with friends brought her home.

Any suggestions as to shade loving evergreen plants for the front would be welcomed...

Spud fairs...

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 21:34

It's that time of year when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow...Our spud fair is in January...

I like to try some different one's but have old favourites. Last year it was Pentland Javelin, Winston, Estima, Wija, Desire and Red Duke of York. The last bag was emptied in November and they've just been finished off. They all did well so it's a difficult choise this year.

Which spuds will you grow again and which won't you grow...

Red Duke of York are a must but I won't be growing Charlotte, I find them hard to cook with, the skins fall off  and they go to mush..

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 21:11

I'm also going to visit more gardens, Harlow Carr is the first on the list.

Ray of Hope

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 21:04

I keep checking out my biennial plants sown last year, the slugs have had a little nibble at them but they are still looking good and hopefully can be moved into their final spots in March when I'm usually having to make decisions about culling indoor sown flower seedlings in favour of toms,peppers and chillies because the window ledge is too small. 

There's also a patch of self sown foxgloves which slugs haven't found yet, they'll need thinning out again but I'm hopeful of a nice display this year with very little effort.

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:39

no probs sgl.

I've checked out both tree's and me thinks mine might be a dwarf albertas spruce it's looks similar to both but is quite compact, I won't lose sleep over it though, just happy to have a real tree  

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:13

To sow seeds a little later although that'll be really hard if you guys start sowing in February I've already started looking at the distructions on seed packets as to how soon they can be sown

I'm also trying for an allotment this year, sent out a few e-mails yesterday, fingers crossed, would be happy even with half an allotment.   

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:06

...when you're offered a seat on a full train...

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