Lidl flower buckets
Posted by: JJB - 16-04-2021, 10:39 AM - Replies (13)

Disaster!  Ur local Lidl has changed the depth of their flower buckets, they're now half depth.  OK they're still useful but not what I'm used to.  Has anyone else found this?

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  Parsnip bed dug up
Posted by: Broadway - 16-04-2021, 10:18 AM - Replies (13)

Just a rant, something has been in there so whatever I've done to date is lost.

Given the success rate on the chitted seed I'm wondering if it's actually worth giving it another go?

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  Bee rescue
Posted by: Small chilli - 14-04-2021, 07:38 PM - Replies (8)

You have to rescue bees when they get in the tunnel or greenhouse don’t you. I used to wait till they were buzzing around at a height I could reach them. Then pot a pot over them & slip some paper or something between pot and tunnel wall. Take them out & let them go. It worked but it was time consuming, stressful for the bee and there’s always the chance of accidentally hurt the bee by trapping a leg os something. 
I came up with a new approach at the end of last season. I pick a small bunch of flowers. After the bee has been bouncing around and getting tired. Just hold the flowers up to the bee. They climb on for a feed and you can walk them outside stress free.

         

For the bees that rest out of reach. Stick your little bunch of flowers in the end of a cane.

         

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  Colours
Posted by: Small chilli - 14-04-2021, 08:40 AM - Replies (14)

Just curious what you do with colours. Is there any you won’t grow? Any you won’t have next to each other? Do you only go with certain colour for a particular variety of flower ? Do you grow a mix of colours or in blocks ? Do you grow all the shades of a particular colour together? 

I’m going with all colours and Mixed but in blocks of varieties , I think.

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  Lathyrus
Posted by: Vinny - 13-04-2021, 09:07 PM - Replies (3)

I bought a Lathyrus Latifolius on impulse from Aldi the other day. They appear to be a perennial sweet pea? I have read that they can be a bit of a thug and rapidly take over?
 The two options I was thinking are to let it scramble through a rhododendron or to build an obelisk for it? I already have an eight foot obelisk that I made for a wild honeysuckle and may make a similar thing out of scrap wood for the Lathyrus.

Anyone else grow this and any tips would be appreciated?

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  Cabbage / Greens advice
Posted by: Broadway - 12-04-2021, 07:07 PM - Replies (10)

Evening Folks

I've not really grown any brassicas of note in the past and am after a bit of advice.

What can I grow that gives me "spring like greens" from now ish to possibly next spring? I have various seeds that say sow at different times and I'm a tad confused. I wondered if there was something generic I could grow and pick for 5-6 months. I'm not fussed about getting cabbage heads.

Sorry if the above is a load of twaddleSmile

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  Mother nature
Posted by: Vinny - 11-04-2021, 07:49 PM - Replies (17)

............she's a strange auld girl! Big Grin

Me and her were at loggerheads when she frosted my dahlias, even though I had wrapped them up with fleece in the greenhouse! Angry

Today though, whilst walking the dog in the countryside it was sunny and the air was 'fresh' . There was snow on the hills, it was a picture and  a joy to be out and about.
It was then that I made my peace with her and realised that I would always be taking a chance if I tried to fight her and invariably she would win.
Its a bit like gambling, you should never gamble what you can't afford to lose. Rolleyes

Apologies for my ramblings.

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  High low thermometers
Posted by: Jimny14 - 11-04-2021, 10:02 AM - Replies (12)

I've just ordered a couple of outdoor high low thermometers for a bit of interest. Just wondering if anyone uses them and how useful you find them. I dont have a green house but was considering putting one in the veg patch and one in the cold frame. Might help me make more informed decisions re planning times for planting etc. 
Those that have them do you use them and for what. Thanks.

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  Hello again my lovelies :)
Posted by: SarrissUK - 11-04-2021, 09:55 AM - Replies (14)

Hi all,
I hope you are all well and that the garden has helped you through this nightmare of a year.
I had, during 2020 a contract job that took me away from most of my gardening, but since then a lot has changed.
I have been on my own for a good 15 years, by choice, and enjoyed that independence, but now I have met someone very dear to me and we are signing on the dotted line for a new, jointly owned property in a small Lincolnshire village.
We are expecting to move in a month or two. 
The house is a bungalow, with a massive garden (at least compared to my current one).
   
I am hoping to be around here more in the months to come! Smile

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  What Won't You Have in the Garden?
Posted by: PyreneesPlot - 10-04-2021, 09:44 PM - Replies (26)

For me personally, a well manicured lawn is the antithesis of a perfect garden and has no place in my weedy patch. A good thing too as my garden is just a pasture with dug bits Big Grin Big Grin

What wouldn't you give space to?

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