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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.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 22:56

Today was a dry but cold, didn't get above 12C in the GH so it must have been a tab bit colder outdoors, a good day to be out in the garden here in the NW.

Finished planting bulbs and took down the plastic GH. Also bubble wrapped my terracotta pots and brought them nearer the house, it's forecast a real drop in temps on Thursday so I'm not taking any chances. Bought quite a few new pots this year and it would be a shame if they cracked first winter out.

Emptied the last of the spud bags, didn't quite make it to December with them but I'm happy with a crop in November Haven't bought a spud since June, back to supermarket one's in December .   

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 22:42

I start to give plants a spray of watered down liquid seaweed from about March. At first I thought it was the smell the slugs didn't like but it must be the salt in the liquid and the spray doesn't do the plants any harm. 

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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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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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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

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

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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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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