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Latest posts by Zoomer44

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.         

Presents I've been given that I really really like

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 20:56

My best gardening present was the GH, given by a friend, I kept saying how much I'd like one but at the time it seemed like a big expense if the novelty of gardening wore off and then a couple of years ago for Christmas I got two frames and two arches for the garden which are great for growing beans up. The pastic covers for the frames were eaten by rodents last year but now netting is stretched over them which keeps birds and butterflies at bay.

 

 

Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 20:27

If you plan to move them at a later date which is what I decided to do, the soil doesn't just come out the bottom, whether you have a saucer underneath or not they are also very heavy to move when full.

It depends what you want to plant in them too, for instance, a clemantis would need a back support and presumably wouldn't be moved so would be fine in a full chimmey- in your border or on hard ground, wouldn't think there would be need for a saucer.

I put pots in the tops of mine which are changed seasonally and move the chimney's around the garden.

Saving cash while enjoyinggardening

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:52

I have blue slate paths so use the slate as a top dressing for pots to stop water evaporating in summer from them, when the pots are emptied the slate gets thrown back on the paths but when in the pots they are colour co-odinated with the garden.

Spring potted up bulbs have a layer of slate on top at present so instead of looking like random placed pots of compost with nothing in them, in clusters of three they look like features around evergreens and when it snows the slate provides a layer of insulation for the bulbs against frost damage.     

Talkback: Helping garden birds through winter

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 22:04

I saw my first blackbird in the garden this morning. For some unknown reason, long forgotten now I stopped feeding them in the summer but started again a few weeks ago and am ever so pleased to see they are slowly returning.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

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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Last Post: 01/07/2014 at 22:42

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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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 19:42
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