Zoomer44


Latest posts by Zoomer44

plant pots

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 22:16

wooden fruit boxes can often be picked up free. I get mine from two local nurseries by buying fruit and veg then ask for a box to carry them in.

You can also pick up pots by buying plants from the nearly dead section at GC's. A local nursery near me, this year, was selling off half barrels planted up with nearly dead plants for £5 less than the cost of an empty barrel. I don't think they'd realised their error.

plant pots

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 01:41

Some places still give flowers buckets away free. Most supermarkets don't but your local corner shop, if they sell flowers may give you some for free. They'll need holes drilling in the bottoms though for drainage.

 

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 01:05

Just read through the threads probably missed a few though.

James seaweed feed is easy to make and the salt on it doesn't need to be washed off as there is so little on it. I've been making it for a few years now, toms and spuds love it. You can also use it as a spray, diluted down, to keep slugs and snails of flowering plants but you need to spray before slugs and snails start to appear in the spring.

I make it in an old plastic bin with the lid on and put the seaweed in pastic bags with holes punched in them, submerged in water, it's then bottled up in milk cartons and saved before diluting down in a watering can, when needed.

It smells in the bin but isn't to bad when used, just smells like the seaside after a high tide for a couple of hours. Dried, it doesn't smell at all and is a good mulch round potted plants.

I'm happy to be wrong but in most area's you can't pick seaweed fresh but can take seaweed which has been washed up on the beach, after a high tide is best. You'd need to check any by-laws and restrictions for the beach before collecting.

Talkback: How to collect and save seeds

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 23:57

Try googling - The Real Seed Catalogue. It has a section on seed saving. Toms and runner beans are both listed. Toms are suprisingly easy to save. Runners are too if you have some over ripe pods on your plants.

Can I lay turf in September / October ???

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:39

I would say the spring is best. Grass, then has the full summer to establish itself before frost and winter sets in.

Turf needs sunshine and warmth to grow, mositure and water to take root. Spring is an ideal time if the turf is well watered.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:26

Been away in France for 2 wks, only rained once, it started about 11pm as we were sat on the patio one evening and was torrential all night but had stopped by the following morning.   

Judging from the paper I read on Monday you guys here in the UK haven't had it so good, looks like it's going to be a nice weekend here in the NW. It was mild in Manchester this evening.     

How do you store tom chutney...

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 22:01

Sorry for not getting back sooner, I've been on holiday. .

gj. I've frozen toms and they are unbelievably mushy when defrosted.

Off to get some cheese and biscuits tomorrow to test the chutney made two weeks ago. I didn't have any labels though and there isn't any difference in colour between the jars, come to think about it, there wasn't much difference in the taste when bottled between green and red chutney, it did taste very sweet though   

Wish me luck  

greenhouse set up

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 21:41

I'm not sure what you mean either, is it a GH or polly tunnel...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:00

It's been a wet weekend here in the NW but got loads done in the garden yesterday in between showers. 

Cleared all but two of the tom plants in the GH, they weren't going to produce much more as the temps drop, night draw in and mornings become colder.

Picked the last of the cues. Still have high hopes for the chillies and peppers, the plants have lots of fruit on but most still green.

Get it off your chest

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:33

T & M's offers in GW mag are good and you only pay P&P. The plugs/plants you get are ever so tiny though but they come with good distructions and if followed I haven't had a bad experience. 

They are expensive though, to buy on line, and other companies offer the same for less but knowing Tesco vouchers can be exchanged is tempting. Zoomer dashes to see how many Tesco points she has...

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Wasp nests.....

I've found one the size of a football...  
Replies: 20    Views: 667
Last Post: 24/09/2016 at 21:46

Asparagus...what now..

I planted about 18 crowns in March..  
Replies: 7    Views: 389
Last Post: 21/08/2016 at 23:07

Advertising ...

I tend to whiz past the advertising... 
Replies: 10    Views: 441
Last Post: 11/08/2016 at 13:30

Making compost

 
Replies: 10    Views: 817
Last Post: 29/06/2016 at 22:05

Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
Replies: 3    Views: 366
Last Post: 20/06/2016 at 13:10

Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
Replies: 12    Views: 771
Last Post: 09/06/2016 at 15:31

Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
Replies: 14    Views: 757
Last Post: 16/06/2016 at 13:29

Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
Replies: 9    Views: 480
Last Post: 23/04/2016 at 22:11

Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
Replies: 1    Views: 336
Last Post: 15/03/2016 at 09:52

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
Replies: 734    Views: 61113
Last Post: Yesterday at 19:29

Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
Replies: 1    Views: 382
Last Post: 04/02/2016 at 21:13

Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
Replies: 2    Views: 435
Last Post: 20/01/2016 at 19:01

Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
Replies: 15    Views: 850
Last Post: 30/11/2015 at 19:02

Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
Replies: 8    Views: 1179
Last Post: 22/11/2015 at 16:56

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
Replies: 9    Views: 834
Last Post: 13/07/2015 at 23:16
1 to 15 of 90 threads