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What's for tea?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 19:58

I missed lunch and didn't fancy home made soup and fruit for tea,so as it was Friday bought a Chinese on the way home, duck chow mein

Talkback: How to protect tender plants over winter

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 19:46

I tried growing a couple of tender plants one year. They did well during the summer but I wasn't sure about fleecing over winter, whether once covered, you left them all winter till the following spring or took the fleece off on warmer days. I also wasn't sure whether to dig them up and put in the GH.

In the end I tied both up, covered them in fleece and dug one up, to spend the winter in the GH. One was uncovered early spring but both died, they rotted in the centre, it was a particularly cold winter in 2010 but I haven't tried growing anything tender since then.     

Seaweed

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 19:20

Check you local by laws to see if you can collect it legally or ring your council.

It makes excellent liquid feed. Toms and spuds particularly like it. Seaweed feed can easily be made in an old bin, half/three quarters full of water, with a couple of pierced bags of seaweed immersed in the water and with a lid on the bin. After six weeks the liquid can be bottled up, the litre plastic milk cartons are an ideal size. Half a carton to a watering can is enough to dilute it ready for use on the garden. If it's left longer to brew than it might need watering down further.   

In liquid form it can also be used as a spray to deter black/green fly. I don't think slugs and snails like it either but the jury's still out on that one. It smells very strong used in liquid form  but this goes, a couple of hours after spraying.

It works well as a mulch too, put round the top of pots, it dries out very quickly, goes black, with no smell and rots down quickly.  

The wet stuff from your bin can be dug into beds or mixed with compost. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 18:12

Cloudy and dry here, a day without rain

First time I've been out to the GH this week, there were more ripe toms to pick, most of my sweet pea have germinated, and some seeds which I hadn't labelled have all germinated, they might be cornflowers.

Jo-hope you feeling better soon, quite alot of people at work have been going down with colds. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 21:12

The day started off with blue skies and no wind, driving in the car with the heater on, if it wasn't for the sun being so low at 8am, you would almost have thought it was a summers day. It didn't last into the afternoon though before we had rain.   

Plant closer together in containters or raised beds...

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:59

Not everything can be planted much closer together, particular those vegs which produce their harvest to eat above ground, vegs like cabbage needs lots of room, even harveted as baby veg their top growth is boarding on huge. Brussels take up a lot of space above ground and need space, sweet corn can be planted closer together but can grow up to 6ft tall or higher, needs along growing season and in order for the cobs to ripen needs to see the sun and feel it's rays. 

Fruit, like currants and gooseberries need air circulating around their middle so don't do well planted close together. 

Lots of plants can be planted closer though, a raised bed which has been given a good dose of well rotted fertiliser, coupled with regular hoeing  also seems to produce less weeds the following year.

Berry-eating birds will need more help this year

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:05

I only have a small garden and nothing which produces berries at this time of year. There are some flower seed heads which birds tend to eat but to attract birds I usually feed them.

This year I started off with good intentions to feed all year round but with one thing or another stopped towards the end of the spring. Birds coming to the garden began to taper off over the summer, but, after starting to feed again a couple of weeks ago, expecting it to be a while before the birds came back again, was surprised to find quite a lot  at the weekend feeding at the two stations in the garden. I'm trying different feeds, and not very good at identifying what the birds are but the birds which have come back aren't the usual brown with speckled chests and a bit dull in colour. They are eating seeds rather than fat balls and love fruity muesli with nothing added. Giving it a whirl in the liquiser breaks it up into smaller pieces and makes it easier for them to eat. I've also got a couple of bird baths. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 19:22

Wet and windy most of the day although the sun did try to poke through the cloud this afternoon and was low in the sky driving home.

Might be joining you in the naughty corner, Maud,  I've already done most of  C.....shopping, only need to buy for close family....I don't like the queues at C.........the pushing in, frayed tempers and inflated prices takes part of the fun out of the festive season for me. Still go shopping though cause I like the markets at that time of year but there isn't a compulsion to buy anything..

compost bin alive with slugs

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 20:52

Just a thought, and not sure if this would work but it won't do any harm, why not throw some freshly washed up on the beach seaweed into the compost bin, they won't like the salt and a tab bit of salt won't do the compost any harm yet the seaweed will do it the world of good. I seldom get slugs in my compost bin just the occasional one in the lid desperate to escape 

Use of mirrors?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 20:30

Mirrors are often seen incorporated into garden designs and you can purchase some nice mirror features for the garden, so on that basis I wouldn't have thought it was a mega problem birds flying into them or there would be lots of complaints and they wouldn't be a big seller. I'm happy to be wrong though. As Figrat says talking from experience your biggest problem would be the mirror turning into unreflected glass. An idea could be to paint the back of the mirror with something more durable to prevent the silvering from deteriorating.     

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2014 at 22:27

Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 21:38

Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 19:58

Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 12:26

Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 11:20

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:03

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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