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christmas tree

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 21:46

I was thinking of getting a real tree this year and on impulse bought a potted one from Lidl at the weekend for £7.99, it's coffee table size (a little over 2ft) not sure it will stand the cold weather outside at present but was thinking of putting it out after Christmas. If it lasts 10yrs Flowering rose it will be money well spent

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 19:27

Another frosty morning, cold but dry.

Scrubbed the patio this afternoon to clear moss, a job I'd been meaning to do all summer, it started to go dark so the path will have to wait till another day. I've pots in the GH which need washing, cleaned the glass a few weeks ago.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 18:04

Another frosty morning, had to scrape the car windscreen of ice before venturing out. It's been cold all day but thankfully no rain.

Went to the tip with the last of the garden rubbish before going shopping. I'd been toying with the idea of getting a real Christmas tree this year and thought to buy one Christmas Eve on account the house is very warm and the last time I had a real tree somone flicked it a couple of times with their finger and all the pine leaves dropped off 

There were some real tree's in Lidl today, only three left though so on impulse bought one in a pot, it's coffee table size, I've never bought a tree this early before, no doubt it will be dead before Chrisatmas day    


Posted: 30/11/2012 at 21:40

If you like broccoli you might want to try growing calabrese.

I grew  Calabrese Marathon this year, it's similar to broccoli and after harvesting the head, produces masses of side spears. This variety didn't seem  to mind the wet weather either and can be sown as early as February, although I wouldn't recommend an early sowing.  I seem to recall sowing it early April and was picking calabrese in July.    

I planted similarly to brussels.

 Another veg which caterpillars love

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 21:07

Cold but dry here. Noticed the bird baths have both frozen this evening.


Posted: 29/11/2012 at 21:04

When you plant out you seedling sprouts next year make a trough in the soil and plant them in it, as they grow earth up. Sprouts need a long growing season, this gives the plants a deep and secure root base as they grow and they are less likely to be affected over the growing season by winds which rock the plant and cause the developing sprouts to blow. Sounds like your sprouts may have blown, I stake mine with a cane as a precaution but only have a few plants.

Caterpillars love them, so a net covering is advisable if you can't tend your allotment daily.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 20:44

Evening all. A frosty start to the day here at 7.30 the grass was almost white, with a chill in the air which has stayed all day. It's cold again tonight and the temp is dropping.

Cancelled my trip to Stockton yesterday Frank, didn't much fancy driving through floods. I'll need to pick a good day in December

Greenhouse size?

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 20:24

I have one side as a bed and paved where the frame touches the ground. The paving is just a few inches inside the GH down the side where the bed is. The bed is about 6 ft by 1.5ft The paving on the outside allows for a path round the GH about 1ft wide so I can clean the glass.  

 There's a gravel path down the middle of the GH and a wider paved area on the  side opposite the bed with wooden staging about waist high. It's great, the staging is used to pot up when not over flowing with plants in grow bags and pots during the summer.

The top end on the GH has paving as wide as a portable 4 shelved unit I have for trays of seedlings in spring which can be removed when the weather starts warming up and the area fits about 4-5 deep flower buckets for  anything you choose to grow which needs heat.    

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 21:31

Hi, David...I wasn't going to sow sweet pea this autumn only because there wasn't  room to plant out in Spring those which were sown last autumn and they became a tangled mess... but had seeds left over, so, sowed some early October time which seems the best time here, thought they may have been sown to early...

...but they are a nice size, about 3 to 4 inches. Pinched the tops off some to stop them growing and apart from that no TLC or mollycoddling... you would be proud...

I only get to see them at weekends but looking good at present  

December offers online

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 21:13

T & M usually send good distructions, follow them to a T and you can't go much wrong. I''ve had some ever so tiny seedlings from them and roots which looked dead, so feeling a refund request coming on I followed the distructions to the word and it's been good advice, nice healthy plants several months down the road.  

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