Zoomer44


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organic starting soil

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 00:47

Leaves are easily collected anually were they fall. I collect bags of the stuff from the road side, there are several spots near me were residents are happy for you to bag leaves up.

Parks are great spots if you live near one, their boundaries often shed leaves onto the pavement and wind blows them into a corner.  

There are no instant fixes, leaf mould does take time to decompose, 12 months as a mulch.

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 00:16

There 's a sculpture for the garden display at Savill Garden until 31st October.  

Review or posting...

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 00:04

Zoomer goes off to check her reviews - 1372  I don't think so...

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Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:59

Hi, I tried to post a message on 'the places visited this year' thread' but couldn't and got a message saying  'review or comment' required' I only wanted to say....

Visited Kew and Savill Garden this weekend.After hearing such a lot about them and being two very different gardens they are the first I've visited in this country which are on my must visit list  .

Visiting both in the same weekend and visiting at this time of year probably didn't do Kew justice, the big GH/grow house was closed and the garden is on such a big scale.  I like growing veg and many of these beds and displays had gone over although I was impressed with the size of stuff at Kew after visting Savill Garden I was a tab bit disappointed with Kew.  Savill were replanting flower beds  but Kew had veg stuff which was well past it's best.  

Savill Garden didn't seem to realise it was autumn and it is so much more compact in respect to Kew. There was still loads in flower in the summer gardens, everything thing is labelled  and I was able to identify stuff which grows in my garden but see heaps of diferent varieties. Savill projects a garden for all seasons . 

There were no signs saying keep of the grass at either Kew or Savill Garden. I'd like to visit both again at a different time of year and would recommend a visit to either but my favourite was Savill Garden. Liked the hidden garden, I sat on a bench taking in the scene and all you could hear were nuts dropping from the oak tree's      

   

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:37

Visited Kew and Savill Garden this weekend.After hearing such a lot about them and being two very different gardens they are the first I've visited in this country which are on my must visit list  .

Visiting both in the same weekend and visiting at this time of year probably didn't do Kew justice, the big GH/grow house was closed and the garden is on such a big scale.  I like growing veg and many of these beds and displays had gone over although I was impressed with the size of stuff at Kew after visting Savill Garden I was a tab bit disappointed with Kew.  Savill were replanting flower beds  but Kew had veg stuff which was well past it's best.  

Savill Garden didn't seem to realise it was autumn and it is so much more compact in respect to Kew. There was still loads in flower in the summer gardens, everything thing is labelled  and I was able to identify stuff which grows in my garden but see heaps of diferent varieties. Savill projects a garden for all seasons . 

There were no signs saying keep of the grass at either Kew or Savill Garden. I'd like to visit both again at a different time of year and would recommend a visit to either but my favourite was Savill Garden. Liked the hidden garden, I sat on a bench taking in the scene and all you could hear were nuts dropping from the oak tree's      

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:31

Chilli apache have done really well in GH two yrs running. I'm not impressed with  golden sunrise toms. Tasteless and too watery.

Courgettes - black beauty and all green bush did well. Yellow Zucchini ok. After trying them in pots last yr, all grew better this yr in the ground after soil was well manured in autumn, will try all again. . 

Aubergines - black beauty will grow again.  Chad -any variety seems to do well. Betroot - detroit did well, burpus gold not so well but I'm trying it again next year and I've a new variety to try from France.  

Might try fennel again to use up the seeds but I can't get the bulbs to bulk out best I've achieved are very flat bulbs with lots of top growth which is fine to use as a herb.

Could go on forever about veg, and don't like to say never again but brussels, carrots and big brassica's are a no, no for me.

Will grow foxglove again but not as many, didn't realise how big they'd grow. Bellis, cosmos and sweet william will all be grown again. I'm gonna grow sunflowers too but the smaller multi headed varieties. I've found flowers trickier to grow from seed and won't be growing anything which says sow in Jan, Feb or March in the flower department.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 22:39

It was like a summers day here in the NW today. Warm and sunny.

 

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 21:46

Look on the bright side, the bus driver would be less pleased if it was horse muck

It'll soon be Christmas...

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 21:38

Clearly my talk of spuds for Christmas fell on deaf ears, won't be talking gardening to said friend for a while for fear of sending her to sleep  shouldn't complain, it's good of her to water and feed the cat each time I'm away.

Nice neighbour asked what was wrong with the cat this evening and said she'd had a chat to her children, they won't be spraying her with their water pistols anymore if she goes into their garden, I bought them water pistols when they moved in, a few years ago, acknowledging it's not nice to have cats pooing in your garden especially when they belong to someone else. She eventually learned not to go in next door and sits at the gap in the fence, bless her little cotton socks.

Good luck with your Christmas spuds...

Easy veggies and fruit

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 20:42

You could add rubarb which is easy pessie and onions to the list already given by others. Chad is similar to spinach but easier to grow than spinach. Outdoor bush toms also do well in pots.  

You are likely to get some successes and some failures, each year most growers do. I grew small amounts of a lot of different vegs in my first and second year of growing to see what would grow and the successes out weighed the failures so I was encouraged to keep growing. 

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