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Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:22

Fairygirl.  I've since built my own L shaped free standing trellis, with posts cemented in and a base for the GH. I do go back to the same guy for materials, as he's very reasonable but lesson learnt.

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:01

I arranged for a local garden firm to replace my back fence as seen. It wasn't a case of just replacing the panels, the posts had rotted in the ground which was a job a couldn't do. It turned out I had been at school with the owner of the company, and when we discussed the work to be done,  reminised about our school days.

To cut to the chase. The job was completed whilst I was at work. When I got home, they'd done an excellent job but there was no garden gate, I couldn't believe it, a 2ft wide path ended at the fence, I had to go back indoors and go back out into the garden again to beleive what I was seeing. Then thought, this is a wind- up, so was on the phone to the owner. He couldn't believe it either and thought I was the one winding him up. It took sometime to persuade him otherwise but eventually he agreed to send the men back the following day to rectify the problem.

He was ever so embarrassed when I went to pay for the work the following weekend.           

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 21:29

Gillian. Love the dingy idea. I sometimes drive through a village to work and they have old farm machinery with stuff planted in and around the machinery which changes through the seaons, it's really effective.   

ALLOTMENT SECURITY

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 21:07

A friend of mine had her pots stolen from the front garden, she glued drawing pins to the rim of new pots and then got up one morning to find a broken pot on the path, the thief had come back, but left with sore fingers     

Shame you can't attach to the padlock one of those capsules, which are sometimes attached to clothing in some shops. I'm told they contain a dye which if got on your hands, is impossible to get off. If the police have a suspect, the suspect would be hard pushed to say how the dye got there the day after a break in... just an idea...       

Potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 20:34

It's the 1st on Monday , fortunatly I'm away tomorrow and going to a barbie on Sunday.

I've seven bags and a couple of random spud plants. One growing in amongst the beetroot and noticed today, another growing, out of a bag for the tip behind the GH. 

Don't forget to close the door Ww

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 20:20

Rained all day but what a lovely evening, blue skies and wispy white clouds.

The garden certainly needed some rain.  

Potatoes

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:31

Depends when you planted the spuds out but Charlotte, I think are 1st earlies.

1st earlies are ready for harvest 10 wks after planting out. 2nd earlies 13wks and maincrop 15 to 20wks. It's not an exact science though, if you planted out early and the spuds were hit with a frost this could slow their growth down, by up to 2wks.

Spuds are ready when they have flowered and the foliage starts to die back. Harvesting earlier means the spuds are likely to be smaller and harvesting later a little bigger. 

2nd earlies skins will harden if left in the ground making them better to store although maincrop are the one's usually grown for storage over winter.      

Seaweed Feed

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:11

Depends how strong the mix is as to how much to water it down by. It's not an exact science though. To make, I fill three carry bags, tie the tops and pierce the bags before submerging in an old bin 1/2 to 3/4 full and replace the lid.

6 wks later it's ready to bottle up, which is the smelly bit. I use litre milk cartons to store it in. Add half a litre to a full watering can and feed plants weekly.  Flowers and veg love it.

Regarding storage. I try to use it in the same season it was made but was using last years brew in April and May with no adverse affects.    

ALLOTMENT SECURITY

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:47

Sorry to hear about the break in.

I tend not to keep anything of value in my sheds and everything is stored in wooden fruit crates which can be obtained free. Most of the tools are quite old so there's no lock on the door. A lock can often invite thieves in believing there's something of value inside to steal.     

I'd advise not to keep anything of value in there, if you do post code  it and take the lock off the door, if they come again at least you won't have the lock and damaged door to replace and put a note on the door saying 'nothing worth stealing, you've already stolen it'!  

What are you sowing now?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:12

I use a plastic GH at this time of year to sow seeds in. It's open during the day and closed at night   

It could be too late now but a couple of weeks ago I sowed beetroot, chad, kohl, swede and radish.  Mooli can be sown now for an autumn crop.

Srawberry seeds, Foxglove, Bellis, Sweet William, Wall Flower and Holly Hock can be sown now for next year.

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