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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
Grow your own, bowling green lawn or mad about exhibition Dahlias - show us what you've been up to and give us handy tips.
Experienced gardener or keen novice, allotment owner or balcony pot - this is the thread for you.
Share your advice, ask for help, post pics of your garden, shed, hanging basket or rolling acres and yes ... share your failures as well and have a rueful smile.
All welcome to join in.

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Edited By: chesso on Jul 24, 2012 12:25: update
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more info ...no desperate rush!! It's a gardening thread. ;)

How to post pics:
Upload to somewhere like photobucket.com. (It's best to organise into albums!)

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Edited By: chesso on Dec 31, 2010 13:00: update
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I'm in! Really need to get my finger out and do something constructive this year with both front and back gardens. Got my Thomson & Morgan catalogue yesterday and been flicking through it ready to spend a small fortune.

Thanks for doing this thread again chesso - really appreciate it and look forward to seeing everyone's input too over the coming months :)
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kaks26
I'm in! Really need to get my finger out and do something constructive this year with both front and back gardens. Got my Thomson & Morgan catalogue yesterday and been flicking through it ready to spend a small fortune.

Thanks for doing this thread again chesso - really appreciate it and look forward to seeing everyone's input too over the coming months:)


ditto to that. My wife has got stuff lined up for me to do in the garden, I must have missed the bit that said she was going to be project manager oO
#6
im a rubbish gardener.....but i will say wow this thread is damn impressive..makes me almost wana go dig up the garden....thats all i will achieve though!
#7
Went out to the allotment over the holiday and it looked grim. The onions have been flattened by the snow, the spring cabbage pecked at because the wind blew the netting off, oak leaves everywhere and the weeds have got established again.... I feel my weekends starting to dissappear as we speak....
#8
Well I have finally taken the plunge and went out the back garden today for the first time in what seems like months but only to move my big plant pots and put them under the big garden table for shelter as we've had another inch of snow this morning (the last lot has only just gone). Thought I'd best move them now before they get lost again if it decides to snow hard. Plus we're going away for the weekend and I won't be here to save them lol. Looking forward to getting stuck into the garden this year.
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Only things growing in my garden at the moment are the Alliums, Garlic in the greenhouse and onions/shallots in the raised beds. It's been a bit chilly for much else and the ground's as hard as rock still despite the "thaw"

I don't think I'll be doing any form of Brassica in 2011, they're just too much of a temptation for the flutterbys and their rampant offspring. Last year I seemed to find dozens of wrigglers each day, which next doors ducks were very grateful of :D

Best things were the sugarsnap peas outdoors and the cukes in the greenhouse.

I only started growing me own the year before and I love it :D

Here's a few piccies of my little plot from last year......

Raised beds
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/7648/dsc01302fo.jpg

Child labour
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/1598/dsc01300x.jpg

The Greenhouse
http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/4978/dsc01308g.jpg

The herb garden I made....I'm good with me hands me :D
http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/9654/dsc01299y.jpg
#10
Well done MrG - I'd love to grow my own veg. Maybe one day when I organise the back properly. Fully approve of the child labour by the way - not only does it help you but it teaches them about gorwing things, especially fruit and veg. I've been teaching my two little ones all the fruit and veg (which they eat most of everything anyway) as I hate to see kids not knowing the names of veg etc. Such a shame.

I do fancy doing a herb garden this year - as I only do the little pots on the window sill which don't seem to last very long and would love one outside. Will have to look it up to see how easy (or hard) it is!
#11
If you wanna grow your own veg....plant a man oO
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kaks26
Well done MrG - I'd love to grow my own veg. Maybe one day when I organise the back properly. Fully approve of the child labour by the way - not only does it help you but it teaches them about gorwing things, especially fruit and veg. I've been teaching my two little ones all the fruit and veg (which they eat most of everything anyway) as I hate to see kids not knowing the names of veg etc. Such a shame. I do fancy doing a herb garden this year - as I only do the little pots on the window sill which don't seem to last very long and would love one outside. Will have to look it up to see how easy (or hard) it is!

I found growing herbs in individual pots worked well, although stuff I use a lot of like Basil, Flat leaf Parsley and Coriander I had to be growing replacements while the ones in the pots were being used, but once you get your head around a bit of a conveyor belt system for them it's fine. AND!!....there is nothing better than the taste of fresh herbs straight from the garden....well almost nothing!!! ;)
#13
That's the three main ones I use a lot of too along with rosemary - never thought about rotating them thanks :)
#14
mosskeeto
Went out to the allotment over the holiday and it looked grim. The onions have been flattened by the snow, the spring cabbage pecked at because the wind blew the netting off, oak leaves everywhere and the weeds have got established again.... I feel my weekends starting to dissappear as we speak....
It's looking grim here as well, in my garden - back and front. I managed a few two hour stints last week - weeding ( 2 hours to weed part of a bed about 2mx1m - leaving me with more or less bare ground!!) :( and cutting back.

kaks26
Well I have finally taken the plunge and went out the back garden today for the first time in what seems like months but only to move my big plant pots and put them under the big garden table for shelter as we've had another inch of snow this morning (the last lot has only just gone). Thought I'd best move them now before they get lost again if it decides to snow hard. Plus we're going away for the weekend and I won't be here to save them lol. Looking forward to getting stuck into the garden this year.
The snow and ice have caused quite a few of my 'frost proof' pots to disintegrate (and the dogs outdoor bowl!). I think that my Japanese maples will be lucky to have got through this winter already and it's only the start of January. Usually it's February that takes the toll.

Liking the pics Mr G - reminding me that gardening is great really.:D I always like a man who is good with his hands.
Mind you rich ^^^ is good with his hands but has been known to over-do it!

I still have about 2/3 of my summer bedding in my greenhouse. I stuck a couple of dozen polyanthus around the place last week, so some more went out then. I must press on but it's solidly raining now down here in Cornwall, so I will have to plant into mud.

Re herbs, I find that parsley grows well in my raised bed and I usually leave a big clump and it overwinters ( perhaps not this winter though). I sow a pot of basil every couple of weeks, like you suggest MrG and I do a couple of big terracotta pots of Coriander at the start of summer which I cut and use as and when. Herbs are really easy kaks and even easier if you buy some pots of living herbs from the supermarket and pot them up for a sunny place outside!! Rosemary, I have quite a few low growing ones - prostrate variety in the garden, which I chop chunks off. It doesn't seem to mind my clay soil.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/10527.shtml

BTW, talking about successes ...or not ..... I tried growing an outdoor cucumber last year and got one single fruit - what a failure!
#15
What to do now- weekly check list!!

Edited By: chesso on Jan 07, 2011 02:01
#16
I'm in Chesso.

Just gonna get over my man flu ( my temperature hit 40 yesterday!) and now my chest is killin' me! Moan whinge.

As soon as I'm on my feet, I will get pics up for your learned input.

Happy New Yr!
Col.x
#17
karaokecolin
I'm in Chesso.Just gonna get over my man flu ( my temperature hit 40 yesterday!) and now my chest is killin' me! Moan whinge.As soon as I'm on my feet, I will get pics up for your learned input.Happy New Yr!Col.x
I'm just off to bed!!
This flu is the real McCoy - whinge away ... I am only just getting right after what seems like months but is about 3 weeks. It's a nasty bug right enough. Looking forwards to your patio extravaganza and general 'gardening' input!! Take it easy and get well soon xxx
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I did a stint in the garden this afternoon.
My greenhouse ( with dirty windows begging to be cleaned) still has a lot of winter bedding that I haven't planted out yet
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/2010%20gardening%20thread/greenhouse9thJan2011Large.jpg

but I managed to get a couple of dozen Primulas, some Liatris, wallflowers, 30 tulip bulb and some violas
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/2010%20gardening%20thread/bareborderinfrontJan2011-beddingtoplantLarge.jpg

into the patch that I had already weeded - only 'filled' about a third of it though.
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/2010%20gardening%20thread/bareborderinfrontJan2011Large.jpg

I also got half a barrow full of weeds out of the front, got hailed on and got rained on and ended up very muddy indeed!!
The joys of gardening. :D
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I thought I’d post this in both the gardening and the photos threads. Gardeners World Mag has a photo comp for its calendar; there's a monthly £10 voucher if your pic is printed. Scanned the page!!

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/2011%20photo%20thread/GWmagphotos1.jpg

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/2011%20photo%20thread/GWmagphotos2.jpg
#20
Will subscribe to this thread. I will be renting for a year from around Apr/May, before buying again. The property I will be moving in to has a lot of shrubs and thinks but mainly overgrown, planning to cut these back when we get in.
But what else could we do to the garden to make it prettier, on a budget as don't want to spend a lot on somewhere I will only be living for a year.

Will add pics on my next visit to the house.
#21
Shellywelly
Will subscribe to this thread. I will be renting for a year from around Apr/May, before buying again. The property I will be moving in to has a lot of shrubs and thinks but mainly overgrown, planning to cut these back when we get in. But what else could we do to the garden to make it prettier, on a budget as don't want to spend a lot on somewhere I will only be living for a year. Will add pics on my next visit to the house.
Oh good ... that sounds interesting. Looking forwards to the pics.
#22
That reminds I have still to take "before" photos of the front and back gardens before I get stuck in this year. Really miss my old garden and could spends hours there just "pottering" about but in this house I just haven't had the time with the wee ones etc so am going to get them involved this year since they're a bit bigger. I'm sure Peppa Pig will have a range of gardening accessories somewhere lol.
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Yes, we want lots of before & afters (plus during if it takes a long time!)

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Edited By: chesso on Jan 28, 2011 18:15: update
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Great thread as per Chesso.
My garden has been transformed into a quagmire with chewed shrubs and ripped out bushes thanks to my resident 4 legged friends. We are hoping to have the patio area partitioned off with a 4ft picket fence and gated access so I can at least have a safe haven from their vandalism for some summer flowers.
The veg beds I had built a couple of years ago will now lay dormant until the pups have grown and can be trusted. I am lucky though as my parents still have their allotment and fresh veggies will always be available.
Good luck to all with their horticultural ventures :)
#25
what veggies are ok to grow in pots?? we only have a big balcony atm and i have a few flowers out last year but id love some some grow your own veg for the DD to call her own
1 Like #26
ilovepink
what veggies are ok to grow in pots?? we only have a big balcony atm and i have a few flowers out last year but id love some some grow your own veg for the DD to call her own


this is a helpful site with lots of tips and ideas.
Its lovely when the little ones can get involved :)
#27
bitseylango
ilovepink
what veggies are ok to grow in pots?? we only have a big balcony atm and i have a few flowers out last year but id love some some grow your own veg for the DD to call her own


this is a helpful site with lots of tips and ideas.
Its lovely when the little ones can get involved :)


brill cheers bits have bookmarked that to read when shes gone to bed :)

Edited By: ilovepink on Jan 28, 2011 18:29
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Good link Bitsey. Those dogs of yours will settle down in about 10 years. :D I can see them now giving you the doe-eyed pleading thing , paws up on the fence, butter wouldn't melt.

Yes, ILP ..
..... you can basically grow anything in a pot. On your balcony you want to maximise, so only grow something that you will like! Sounds obvious but once you start reading about grwoing this and that, it's easy to get carried away.
I think that carrots are a waste of time though and potatoes would be a low yield and potentially messy.

Salad leaves grow quickly and you can grow lots in a long low trough. Tomatoes are great - either growing up a bamboo stick in a pot or you can get lots of varieties now for hanging baskets.

Herbs actually do grow best in pots and you can 'cheat' by getting fresh living herbs from the supermarket and potting them up. They look and smell good as well. Basil seeds germinate quickly so you can get a good clump from a sprinkling on the surface of compost - keep it quite moist by watering into the saucer.

Don't forget to have some flowers. Maybe try a clematis on a little tripod/wigwam in a big pot with some bedding, like the perennial Erigeron karvinskianus (http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/291.shtml) at the base and some daisy type plants like Marguerites in there as well. Tot can take off the dead flower heads!!

Let us know what you decide and how you get on. Pics as well, of course!!

Edited By: chesso on Jan 28, 2011 19:58
#29
will do thanks chesso :3
#30
Hi Peeps, i have put out a separate thread with my request, but not had a lot of luck so far.
My neighbour has a fab, pot in his garden which he has put an outdoor lighting fixture in it. He had been looking for about 6 months locally and online but with no luck. He struck lucky over Xmas, as he found the 'jar' at a non-mail order garden centre in Norfolk when he was visiting family (we live in Dorset!). I have tried my best with photos, but i think you can get the gist. I would be soooo grateful if anyone could tip me the wink, if they have seen one of these pots/jars/urns either online or in the Kent, Dorset, Hants or Wilts area (as i can collect) He paid £60 for the pot which is about 75cm high, i think that was a fab price, but i would go up to £100 incl del. Long shot, but i have spent about 50 hours searching with no luck either.
http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/6973/barnyspot1b.jpg




Edited By: jelli89 on Jan 28, 2011 23:40
#31
jelli89
http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/6973/barnyspot1b.jpg
It's a fine feature - which is more than I can say for the pots to either side TBH, When you find yours ... lose the side pots.
I am assuming that there are no identifying features - like a useful label on the base??
I will keep a look out.
#32
jelli Popping down our local garden centre type place today so I'll have a look for you.

Will the garden centre in Norfolk not send it down to you as a one off ? I'd phone them and ask.
#33
Great thread - hope to get and share lots of ideas. Thanks for starting it Chesso
#34
hottoshop
jelli Popping down our local garden centre type place today so I'll have a look for you.Will the garden centre in Norfolk not send it down to you as a one off ? I'd phone them and ask.
Good idea, hottoshop - well worth trying.

agnes
Great thread - hope to get and share lots of ideas. Thanks for starting it Chesso
I think we're all ready for another year of battling with the weeds, just about now!! I'm dreaming of a mild February. :D
Looking forwards to your input Agnes.
#35
hottoshop
jelli Popping down our local garden centre type place today so I'll have a look for you.

Will the garden centre in Norfolk not send it down to you as a one off ? I'd phone them and ask.

Thanks for that Hotto :) long time - no speak....hows things?
#36
hi Guys

Chesso thanks for starting this again, had to bow out of last years due to one thing or another :) same with the photo thread (do we have another of them this year?)

My herbs worked out great last year but looks like the only ones that have survived the winter are my curry plant and a pot of rosmarey I hid under a bush! The mint will come back as it always does but the rest suffered a major and fatal case of frostbite!!

For those that remember the pampas grass saga, I truely belive it is totally dead this time which I'm sad about as I'm the only person I know who wanted to save one lol.

Jelli long time no see hope thigs are doing well in jelly land :)
#37
jennybubbles
hi Guys Chesso thanks for starting this again, had to bow out of last years due to one thing or another :) same with the photo thread (do we have another of them this year?) My herbs worked out great last year but looks like the only ones that have survived the winter are my curry plant and a pot of rosmarey I hid under a bush! The mint will come back as it always does but the rest suffered a major and fatal case of frostbite!!For those that remember the pampas grass saga, I truely belive it is totally dead this time which I'm sad about as I'm the only person I know who wanted to save one lol.Jelli long time no see hope thigs are doing well in jelly land :)

I know, it's been carnage out there again this winter ...so far!! oO

Hope that 2011 is going to be a really good one for you, so plenty of time for gardening and taking pics.

2011 Photo thread is here - subscribe!
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jelli89

Thanks for that Hotto :) long time - no speak....hows things?


Yeah, only look at a few threads nowadays jelli, I'm too old now to cope with some of the misc. nonsense :) Chesso looks after me and keeps me on the straight and narrow, lol.
Hope you and family are good ?

Back to the important subject ! Some photo's below of what our local store had in stock. The tallest of these is about 35/40cm so not as tall as the one you've seen although they did look like they would make excellent light pots. (IMO) They are about half the size of a normal walking stick that you see in the pics.
The largest one cost £49.99 and they went down by £10 according to size, 3 sizes as you can see.

Anyway see what you think below and if they take your fancy I'm sure we can sort something out about getting them to you.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f160/ordinaryphotos/bb926f70.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f160/ordinaryphotos/9122b68a.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f160/ordinaryphotos/bf53aebf.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f160/ordinaryphotos/74478c28.jpg
#39
hottoshop
jelli89

Thanks for that Hotto :) long time - no speak....hows things?


Yeah, only look at a few threads nowadays jelli, I'm too old now to cope with some of the misc. nonsense :) Chesso looks after me and keeps me on the straight and narrow, lol.
Hope you and family are good ?

Back to the important subject ! Some photo's below of what our local store had in stock. The tallest of these is about 35/40cm so not as tall as the one you've seen although they did look like they would make excellent light pots. (IMO) They are about half the size of a normal walking stick that you see in the pics.
The largest one cost £49.99 and they went down by £10 according to size, 3 sizes as you can see.

Anyway see what you think below and if they take your fancy I'm sure we can sort something out about getting them to you.


Woo Hoo!! i'm giddy with excitement!! Thanks sooooo much. Will consult with he who would love to be obeyed and see how to sort - thank so much for your help (brill, clear photos as always x)
Update...I rang the nursery where my neighbour went and they were really helpful too. She also gave me a pointer of http://www.pottsar.co.uk - the website is not live yet, but the company name is Pot Tsar - so i guess they have sources to persue as well :)

Edited By: jelli89 on Jan 29, 2011 13:41: more text
#40
PM sent jelli :)

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