Zoomer44


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Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 00:13

Soaking in neat bleach for a few days gets permanent marker off plastic labels. I've had the same labels for years and use a Stabilo permanent marker. 

Christmas trees...

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 23:51

 Well David...clearly the GC's up North are slightly more in vogue and not as naff looking as those in your part of the world.

OMG wouldn't venture again into a GC which was trying to sell a tree like that one

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 23:32

I'm happy to be wrong...but off topic..how do you relate your first posting to this thread Dove on gardening...

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:38

blair, a bit off topic but a house we moved to when I was a child had an old stove with little ovens in, in the basement where presumably meals were prepared, it wasn't a huge house but those who owned it when built must have had people making meals for them because who cooks in the basement! 

My father at the time wanted to rip it out and convert the basement into something else. He did but boarded the stove up. Stepmother now lives there, no doubt someone in the future will uncover a real treasure when she goes to the final resting place in the sky ...

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:06

Can't say my back garden has such a history. It's a terraced house, built around 1920 or shortly after.

It had a garage base covering a third until I called in for skips and dug it up. You would not believe what people used as hard core, I found the weights from old window frames, tiles from old fire surrounds and half expected to dig up the iron frame from a four poster bed. Worms still push tiles up to the surface.

 There was a place though,in a wood nearby,where my brother's, when we were children would dig up bottles with marbles in and clay pipes, there was probably other stuff they dug up but I remember these because they would sell them to a local shop.

There are treasures round these parts though, I remember an old pub being demolished to make room for new inner city buildings, the site turned into an archological dig for months.

what the?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 00:08

Checked out Dobies website, me thinks that's really miss leading, they do dispatch from December onwards but spuds can't be planted out before the last predicted frost which is usually April at the earliest...happy to be wrong again...

Spuds are easy pezzie to grow but not if you get them in December to start chitting for April...!   

what the?

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 23:39

I'm happy to be wrong but now isn't a time when seed spuds are ordered because it's not the chitting season for summer spuds or the growing season for Christmas spuds.

I'm not sure when you can start buying seed spuds on line but most sites will now say sold out or are clear when they will start to deliver, which is usually in the Spring and March time. If you want to buy early spuds to chit, local spud fairs start in January.

If you haven't been charged for your order I'd advise to wait until next year now to put in an order but bear in mind it won't immediately be dispatched until  possibly March at the earlist...    

Christmas trees...

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 22:41

My Christmas Tree, from last year is in a pot out in the garden, it cost £7 and after potting up has grown a few inches over the summer. It's probably too big for the coffee table now at about 2-3ft high but I was amazed it didn't die and as an evergreen added all year colour on the patio .

Went down to the local GC today and out of curiosity checked out the price of Christmas tree's. £40 for a potted 2ft high Normadic Spruce.

 ...Zoomer went off to look at decorations/cards.

What do other posters do at Christmas? Have you recycled last years tree or do you get another one...  

What I love about winter in the garden

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 21:47

I like all the seasons for different reasons. 

Glad I'm not the only one who looks for signs of new growth. I'm looking forward to my clemantis flowering in December and if it's going to be cold I like the snow when it comes. I may complain about the roads being icy and bins not being emptied but the garden can look so picturesque with the paths cleared and a covering of snow on it.

I like to hear and see birds coming to feed on the bird table or drinking at the bird baths. It's nice to plan for the coming year too, deciding what veg to grow and were it's to be planted.   

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 21:20

I've only a small front garden which is in shade for all but the last few hours of sun in the summer so gravelled it over leaving a few shrubs and one border which has bluebells in.

If I have one regret, wish there were more shade loving evergreen shrubs growing for Winter colour as the back garden is only ever seen at weekends in the Winter.

Most of the gardens on my road aren't gravelled or paved, they're too small for parking which gives an idea of size and some have trees growing in them, all be it small ones.

I think front gardens are really understimated now and prefer to see one's which aren't paved over. I often drive along the front at Lytham St Annes and see some fabulous front gardens, few are paved and it must be one of the most inhospitable places to grow stuff, 1/3 of the year it seems, storms and high winds blow sand and salt over everything, the roads can be covered.         

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