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Gardening Cart

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 22:08

 I'm with you on this waterbutt. I shut my eyes and stepped outside the box...

Don't want to sound rude...but is a cart like someone sat in a wheel barrow perhaps being pushed around the garden...surely something horse drawn would be a tad bit OTT...can you post a picture as to what you mean...gardening carts clearly exist in Wisconsin

How to `winter` flower pots/tubs

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 21:54

I'm happy to be wrong on this but ceramic pots if for outdoor use, usually last the winter, some when bought will say they are frost resistant or words to that effect, not sure how resistant those are though to prolonged snow. My ceramic pots are fine, I've had some for years and we get snow.

Terracota pots need some protection, I tend to plant bulbs in these, wrap them in bubble wrap and from now until about February keep them in a sheltered spot. They can be in a more exposed spot but wil need protecting. I use mine sometimes twice a year for different plants ie spring bulbs will be replaced with gladioli or annuals.

The pots get a good clear in between plantings to get rid of any stuff on the sides and to kill any nasties which may have taken up residence. As regards compost and nasties, if the plants in the pots have been healthy I put used compost back into the compost bin or mix it with some fresh and add some form of feed depending on what is being planted.

Any sign of nasties in the pot and the compost is sent to the tip.

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 21:32

Potty gardeners - It could be you live in a nice area, I thought I did until my green recycle bin went missing followed by the black one...and both had the house number painted on the side... 

Will my daffs come through if I lay gravel or slate around my shrubs?

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:36

If you want the beds to look tidy and the bulbs to come through I'd advise bark chippings as this will eventually decompose and the new owners can then decide what they want in the front garden.

Laying gravel or slate on fresh ground, will be difficult to remove, weeds will grow through if a weed membrane hasn't been laid and it'll be more expensive.

 

Lawn - is something terrible about to happen?

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:25

Can you post pictures of your lawn, I'm no expert but other posters may be able to advise.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:17

A dry, cloudy day here in the NW.

First time out in the garden for a few weeks. Hedge cut, biennials planted out and the strawberry patch given a tidy, along with other things on the 'to do list'. 

Not much left to harvest now, only chillies, a few peppers, two tom plants still producing, aubergines and celeriac, the latter is doing suprising well and is taking on a size bought in shops  .

Self seeding foxglove...

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 19:53

I can well believe that GR. As the flowers went over I dug up my foxglove and composted them, just leaving three different varieties to collect seeds from, but not before, I'd split, a few, not ready to pick seed pods and there were loads of seeds in them.

 

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 19:42

What lovely flowers, checked the first two out on the internet.

I branched out from growing veg, to sowing biennial flower seeds last year, like you,I like sowing seeds. I'm always suprised with the end result. Hollyhock and wall flowers were planted out today, not grown either before so we shall see what next year brings, they need to survive several inches of snow yet but bellis and foxglove came through last winter.

I like collecting seeds to see if plants grow again the following year from seeds saved, hence the bean trial. Am also trying to save aubergine seeds but the aurbergines are just getting bigger with no signs of them dying back.

Happy gardening Nututlet.

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 21:53

Thanks nutculet.

It's only the yellow podded one's which seem to be beanless. Went out this evening as the sun was going down and holding up the pods to the sun you could see which had beans in.   

Which legumes do you grow for seed, I tried two bean varieties this year without success, Californian Black Eye Cowpea and Hyacinth Bean.

Should all horticulturalists be qualified? College investigation

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 23:08

... returning to the Q posed...Sam... you still haven't defined horticulturalist...

...'A gardener is a person that tends to a garden and is therefore a horticulturist. However, not all horticulturists are gardeners'. I'm happy to be wrong but this is a gardening forum.

I think... for what it's worth...people can garden without having formal qualifications, I don't have formal horticultural qualifications yet me thinks I do pretty well in the gardening department as regards growing veg  and other stuff I'm familiar with...so am therefore a horticulturalist by the  above definition...my knowledge has been gained through experience, from other people and reading...I try to be organic, am interested in conservation.... 

I decided before finishing reading your Q ...the answer was no...so set out to support that judgement. Dawin sprung to mind and his theories. Darwin although an educated man and a biologist he had no formal qualifications to arrive at the conclusion he did around the evolution of man (happy to be wrong on that point) he set out on a vorage of discovery, gardening is like that, you don't need qualifications but if you want to change the world having a better understanding helps and if that is gained through formal qualfications... why not ...I'm sat on the fence...        

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