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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Winter Equinox

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 21:49

Hi, Jane,

It cheered me up passing the Winter Equinox. I'm told the days get longer each end now by 1.5mins, not alot, but when you do alot of driving, the change is noticable after a few weeks, it's so much nicer leaving and arriving home in daylight

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 00:10

I haven't many books by Dr H but flick through The Veg & Herb Expert regularly..

I have heaps of cook books but The Garden to Kitchen Expert by Dr. H is fab because it focus's on stuff grown in the garden without the need to buy lots of extra ingredients.

Sad to hear he's not going to write anymore but what he has written will inspire people for years to come

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 22:46

It was nice to watch when everything here is receding back due to the winter months approaching. Take your point MrsG about the programmes being repeated in the Spring.

My fronts gravelled because it's in total shade most of the day but thankfully no drainage problems. Will try planting some grasses in the spring to break it up a little. There are some shrubs in there at present and blue bells come back year after year but ferns may do well in shade.

Recommended Brands

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 21:51

...Greenfingers is the site I was thinking of for Bentley tools.

They have some very good sale items at present 75% and 50% off some stuff, didn't check out the tools section...worth a visit though Pamela.   

Wolf is another good brand for the interchange tool heads...

seed share

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 21:43

Hi, addict, no worries, don't think you owe me anything, I too have lost track of the seed/share/swop. On a positive note you've bumped the thread up to the top again

Recommended Brands

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 22:49

I'm not going to be very helpful in terms of suggesting good brands, but have seen Bentley stuff on line and thought it good for replacements for the reasons dove has said. Bentley can be expensive though but after Christmas often tools are half price and for the life of me can't remember the website where I've seen this.

gardening jobs

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 22:08

I agree with Swiss Sue, callnig them sounds a good plan. If you have been unsuccessful and someone with more experience has got the position, calling them shows an interest and you can ask for feed back about your interview.

If you have not been successful, explain you plan to look for a similar postion and would find it helpful knowing where you need to gain more experience.

Life can be a learning curve, when next interviewed, ask how you will be notified of the outcome.

Hope this is helpful

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 21:48

My bought stuff is only used in pots along with vermisculite when potting up seedlings or spread ontop of seed trays to improve germination and I use perlite mixed with compost for hanging baskets and annual pots, after which the used compost in the latter goes to the tip. 

These aren't fertilisers but improve aeration and drainage in pots, vermisculite also reduces the risk of damping off for new seedlings. .    

 

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 20:24

I'm not sure what is or isn't organic so rule of thumb me thinks, anything I've made is organic but stuff bought might not be.On that basis, I use horse muck and leaf mould as additions to home made compost to feed the ground and make liquid seaweed to feed plants.

Then I have a selection of bought stuff like FB&B, growmore and bone meal which is used generally in pots mixed with compost or spread in holes when planting flowers, shrubs etc...depending on the plant.

Then I have stuff to give vegs a quick burst like sulphate of amonia and potash.

Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 19:50

You can also use old pop bottles, cut in half as cloches in the Spring, I put them over seedling vegs when first planted out, to stop birds eating them and to keep off the cold at night.   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

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Growing grass paths...

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Td immunisations...

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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

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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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Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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