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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.     

New home - Blank plot

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 20:09

Thanks for pointing that out Christopher2, it's not immediately obvious, can see it may get confusing though, having 2 posters with similar names, although good advise Cristopher2 .

New Home -Blank plot

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 19:55

Hi, George,

Now that is my sort of garden, how nice to start off with a perfect blank canvas. Presumably that is your home in the distance with a summer house at the top of the garden.

Without imposing what I'd do, what do you want - high/low maintenance garden. Do you like gardening, would you like a pond, lawn, flower beds, wild life area,tree's, grow your own veg, a play area for children, an orchard.. there are lots of different designs, reading books on design would give you idea's.

A little more information would be helpful as to what you want and where you want to start?. Doesn't need to be long winded

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 19:36

Started off dry but got wetter as the day wore on. Lovely picture Bev, my garden isn't looking as lush as it did last month and not much in flower. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 18:00

The forcast was right, a lovely sunny day here,   too hot to do the GH, Frank. I usually give it a good soapy wash then it's in with the pessure washer, two sunny days though and my peppers are beginning to turn red, GH cleaning will have to wait till another day. Suprising the amount of garden clutter which gathers under the staging.

I did wash some pots though and all my gladioli are now hanging in the shed drying off.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 22:40

It rained during the night but has been bright and sunny most of the day, just one shower in the afternoon. No gardening done today, I've been out all day and only just got back. 

Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny with no rain. I might clean the GH, a chore I don't always relish and put some of my terracotta pots to bed for the winter, in the shed.  

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 22:12

Dovefromabove.

I'm running out of idea's as to what to do with  ripe toms. I've even frozen them whole and there's still some left on the plants. I've never had yellow toms before, been eating them in salads, adding them to pasta dishes and am now looking for a recipe to do a yellow relish. There are so many more ways to eat red toms.

Using up cherry toms was easy pessie, took those into work for the morning tea breaks as snacks.       

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 21:13

I recognised later blight in some of my GH toms from your description, Dovefromabove, in a previous thread, took the affected leaves off as was advised and the crop was just as good as previous years. Without going out side to count there were about 6-7 plants in a bed so couldn't be moved, in fact the other 6 plants due to space couldn't be moved either   I had fruit ripening from about mid July possibly sooner, Christmas grape was the first along with a striped zebra variety.

I've found each year seems to throw up different challenges, last year it was BER, red, yellow pear and the cherry varieties I grew seemed the only one's affected and these were grown in pots. It was put down to irregular watering and that some varieties are susceptible to BER. Grew red pear again this year and they were fine but I changed my watering habit and put gravel in the tops of pots to prevent evaporation.  

A must this year is to change the soil in the GH bed.

 

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