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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:02

I'm thinking possibly Tenerife next year KEF  rained most of the day here in this part of the NW and last year it was in the 30's over there

Happy gardening.

Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:52

How much sun does the area get in summer, some veg will grow reasonably well by a fence and in shade if it gets some sun during the day.

If you grew veg in pots near the fence/wall, chances are these veggie's will grow better in the ground. What did you grow? 


seed/plug trays

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:31

I use similar trays to fidgetbones and get them free from a local nusery, who in the Spring sell tiny plug plants. To cut to the chase you select your plants and put them in a tray to take home. Now, if you only want six plug plants at 30p each they still need to be taken home in a tray 

 The Polystyrene one's can also be obtained for free from most GC's although you do need to purchase the plants which come in them. If you just want the tray wait for the GC not to water the plants or a really hot day and obtain them at discount from the nearly dead section


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 19:22

Wet and windy this morning in Scotland

The wind on Friday caused havoc to trains running to Scotland, mine was 3hrs late getting into Aberdeen, would have been 4 1/2 hrs late if I'd gone onto my final destination by train. 

We were packed like sardines on the train from Carlisle. There looked to be hundreds of people on the platform waiting for the next train to Scotland. When one did arrive, on the train door it said it was going to Euston, the electronic display on the platform said it was going to Glasgow and the guard said Edinburgh.  

Fortunately both Scottish distinations would have got me to were I was going and if the train had gone back south I'd decided to throw in the towel and go home.   

I must look nearly 27 because a little boy gave up his seat but on this occassion I wasn't going to argue and was quite happy to entertain a 3yr old for the remainder of the trip.       

On a positive note had a fab time in Scotland, shame I couldn't stay for hogmany but back to work on 2nd, you guys in Scotland get an extra day off.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 00:11

It's been mild here, 5c this morning and 3c this evening, no wind or snow. Lovely day. Just off to bed...travelling up to Aberdeen later in the week and the forcast isn't good...back to rain and wind on Friday    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 23:28

It's not going to be a white Christmas here in this part of the NW, more wet and windy.

The Christmas Tree was brought indoors last week, Zoomer makes a mental note to repot in a plastic pot and use lighter croc's next time. 


Posted: 24/12/2013 at 23:13

Happy growing

Have a nice Christmas and look forward to hearing how you fair in the New Year.  


Posted: 24/12/2013 at 22:57

You can't grow many in a pot, leeks do need some space to produce a good harvest and economically speaking you won't get many for the effort, time and care you put in. Cabbage, cauliflower, turnip and swede are best not grown in pots and vegs which have a tappered root need deep soil to grow well. 

Some vegs don't need much spacing to grow for instance spinach, chad, spring onions, radish, salad leaves, these have all grown well and produced good harvests for me in pots.  

Some veg grows upwards for instance beans and peas, dwarf varieties do well in pots.

Then stuff like toms and chillies which produce their fruit above ground, depending on the variety can do well in pots. Some of the cherry tom varieties grow really well even in hanging baskets.

Herbs grow well in pots as one plant is usually sufficent for most families.

Hope this is helpful, I could go on but your Q was about leeks   

hyacinth flowers

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 22:48

Know what you mean about the challenge but I've thrown in the towel for indoor winter flowering hyacinth and point setters.

Since posting yesterday mine are beginning to open, really don't think they will flower by Wendesday but a good show for the weekend and New Year.   


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 22:28

Can't advise about manure either but some veg's are good for growing in containers and some veg isn't. Leeks would be a no for me.


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