Zoomer44


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Greenhouse panels

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 23:11

I have a garden fence 5ft high on two sides of the GH and a magnolia tree from next door which shades the roof in the afternoon. There's never been any problems with growing cues/toms in beds and smaller plants go in pots on the staging.   

A little shade won't make much difference and light streams in through the roof.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 15:41

You've been busy BB. Our allotments look to be about the same size. 

Never grown spuds bought from the supermarket Roy although some growers do but it's not recommeded. The seed spuds I've bought work out at 7p each, is it really worth taking the chance with supermarket spuds when they can be bought so cheaply. At least with seed spuds you know if they have some resistance to things like blight and scab.

I've grown garlic from bulbs bought in France from a market stall, that's not recommended either but they grew to the same size as garlic bought here and now I just replant the biggest cloves from the previous years harvest.

If anyone is looking to buy a plastic GH, 'Green Fingers' have them in their sale.   

It's my birthday

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 20:35

Happy birthday Woody.

It's my 50th this year and OMG, I've just agreed to kick it off with a trip to zip world raising money for charity. The plan is to go on velocity, it's a while off yet and not till May so plenty of time to chicken out, a cousin is ending her 60th year doing it  

Has anyone ever made a wish list of things to do in comemorate a year in their life ie 40th year, 50th or 60th...years ...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 20:20

Sounds like you had another busy day GWRS, and the weather's been kind in your part of world, do you find on the allotment time seems to go really quickly, I'll go with the intention of staying a couple of hours and end up staying longer.  

Just wondered where everyone buys their seeds from. I use moreveg and simply seed mainly. Sometimes jungleseeds and heritage seeds. Heritage seeds provide information as to how to save seeds which is useful. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 19:35

Sorry to hear about about your sad loss Gina. It's probably early days but if you dad liked gardening you might want to consider planting a fruit tree in his memory. 

One of the allotmenteers here planted a fruit tree before Christmas for the birth of their grandchild, four generations attended the planting. 

We had more snow overnight, it's all melted now thank heavens. I've still loads to do to get the top of the plot ready for planting.

Just ordered lots of herb seeds, thought I'd plant them under the fruit tree's when they've grown to make use of the bare ground, they should attract bee's too..

strawberries

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 19:04

Hi, Dt1967,

Welcome to the message boards.

You only need to post your Q once, and then, it's helpful to posters if you respond to the replies. No need to keep posting the same Q, if posters know the answer someone will reply.

Sorry, can't help with the hyacinth Q.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 19:49

First thing I bought was an incinerator because I had a lot of tools. Was then given a rusty wheelbarrow and it's been used more times than a can recall, an absolute must.

We had snow today and more forcast for the weekend. Finished digging out some old fruit bushes at the weekend, was so pleased after doing it, the top half of the plot doesn't seem as danting now. I also started on a path across the plot. Was going to edge it with branches and use stones to make the actual path. 

really need help

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 21:45

Hi, andyhux,

I remember posting in 2012, nice to see you are getting there, with a family it can be hard to make ends meet but you didn't give up.

Give yourself a good pat on the back,

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:47

Are you buying veg or flower seeds?

I tend to get flower seeds free with magazines, Mr Fothergill seeds are fine, their veg seeds are slightly cheaper than T & M, can't comment on delivery if purchased on line. 

Moreveg and heritage seeds are good. I've also used jungle seeds for more unusal varieties. If you want to grow huge onions, mammoth onions is the place to buy from, the nursery is naf, no frills but it has been around for over 150yrs old. I heard them talk at Tatton Flower Show and their show bench was excellent. They sell a lot of veg seeds for show. 

I cheated and purchased some chilli plants from them last year and wasn't disappointed. Their plants produced chilli's way ahead of my sown from seed plants.

 

Regular contributers.

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 00:31

I remember a programme called 'Why Don't you Swtich Off your TV and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead'...thing is...first...you needed to switch on to watch the programme to benefit from it.      

Gardening is one of my hobbies, which friends and family benefit from, we've had many a warm summer day or evening, sat in the garden, talking and spending time together, either after a bar-b-cue, cooking a meal or just chatting ...and...as an added bonus they've taken cut flowers home. Their children know about herbs, have eaten fresh fruit and veg, can pick their own, and can't wait for the strawberry season to start.            

I expanded this year and aquired an allotment. If anyone has ever taken on an overgrown plot it's no easy task. Even the most fittest amongst us knows when they've dug over an area. Apart from the benefits of growing your own, it's been like a green gym, I've met like minded people, even bumped into some at national gardening events, local growing nurserys and GC's...

...I could go on...the point is...switch on...like TV  all those years ago...the inertnet opens up a whole new media for people to gain knowledge and communicate with like minded people...dip your toe in the water..take what you want or need rather than focus on how often a poster has posted.

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Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Shredded pine leaves....

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