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Re: Gardening

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:55 pm

woot! just found this thread.

At the moment I am growing: garlic, onions and chickpeas. I was surprised that the chickpeas took so easily and the plant is quite feathery and pretty. yay!
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Re: Gardening

Post by godsmonkey » Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:04 pm

This year for me it will be: carrots (little round ones), spring onions, tomatoes, rocket & chillis (indoors).

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Re: Gardening

Post by stolenwine » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:24 pm

ok, not exactly gardening, but has anyone tried those plant-your-own-indoor-herb kits from jamie oliver?

http://www.jamieoliver.com/jme/herbs-an ... 00079.html

they're only £5 and i'm tempted to get a couple if they DO actually produce plants and last long. we've somehow managed to keep a basil plant alive for a month so i'm hoping we can do the same with other herbs!
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Re: Gardening

Post by mimpkin » Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:24 pm

Is it time to plant chillies yet? I can never get them right.
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Re: Gardening

Post by RITH » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:57 am

We've got a garden fence like this:
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Now when you walk past our garden, at a certain angle you can look right through it. Privacy gone! So we want to find something that closes it, which is preferable not hedera/ivy. Any ideas?

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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Thu May 13, 2010 1:39 pm

Decking!

We've got a bloke round here this week putting decking just outside our back door and laying a lawn. The decking bit looks brilliant. It's so ten years ago but I don't care. I can't wait 'til he's finished so I can sit out on it in an uncomfortable chair and sip something with a straw under a parasol. It's like an umbrella but to keep the sun off you. Decking! If I get any more middle-class, do you think the Tories won't persecute me?

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Re: Gardening

Post by caramarydaisy » Thu May 13, 2010 4:54 pm

hello!

ive just been given a lovely lavendar plant.. but how do i stop myself from killing it? im terrible with house plants :-/
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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Thu May 13, 2010 5:01 pm

Oooh I've been rubbish with plants and things this year. I've forgotten to plant any seeds, and the plants we've got already I've forgotten to water them.

Anorak needs a go-to guy for gardening, our house Percy Thrower, the one who is to horticulture what Sam is to socialism.

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Re: Gardening

Post by a layer of chips » Thu May 13, 2010 5:05 pm

Fucking hell, Pete! That first one gave me vertigo!

You do realise that decking falls under the new Capital Gains Tax threshold. You've changed.

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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Thu May 13, 2010 5:17 pm

I'm also now employing an illegal to maintain my estate, on 24p an hour.

Aye, it's a fair drop from the back of the house to the level of the garden. We're having a gentle grass slope down on one side so that Oliver can run down into the garden without busting his head. You know Sheffield's built on seven hills and all that, right? Well, I'm going to pop out tonight and nick one.
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Re: Gardening

Post by Silver Girl » Thu May 13, 2010 9:14 pm

caramarydaisy wrote:hello!

ive just been given a lovely lavendar plant.. but how do i stop myself from killing it? im terrible with house plants :-/
A sunny outlook and not too much water, plus re-pot it from time to time, that should keep it happy. Oh and a spot of Baby Bio.
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Re: Gardening

Post by caramarydaisy » Thu May 13, 2010 9:48 pm

Silver Girl wrote:
caramarydaisy wrote:hello!

ive just been given a lovely lavendar plant.. but how do i stop myself from killing it? im terrible with house plants :-/
A sunny outlook and not too much water, plus re-pot it from time to time, that should keep it happy. Oh and a spot of Baby Bio.

whats baby bio??
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Re: Gardening

Post by PCP » Fri May 14, 2010 2:33 am

caramarydaisy wrote: whats baby bio??
Plant food
Use it every three or four times you water.
Make sure it never completely dries out and you should be ok.
If you go away it might be a good idea to move it out the sun and water it and feed it before you go, dont saturate it but make sure the soil is nice and damp. If your flat is really dry it might be a problem but other wise you should be ok.
Hope it does well, I love Lavender its flowers are soo lovelly and relaxing. I must get more for my garden.

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Re: Gardening

Post by nanski » Sat May 15, 2010 3:27 am

Pete, that garden is gorgeous!

I had quite a drop off my back deck in Sheffield, too. It must be a common Walkley phenomenon. Flat gardens are boring, though I guess a bit more child friendly.

I've totally given up on my 'garden' here in my new house. Though i was thinking I'd go out and pull some weeds today. Most of the things I have in pots are dead now, but one bougainvillea is flowering like crazy at the moment.
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Re: Gardening

Post by RITH » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:51 pm

We finally put grass in the garden a few weeks ago. It's hard work, but it looks nice!
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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:14 pm

RITH wrote:We finally put grass in the garden a few weeks ago. It's hard work, but it looks nice!
It really does. Nice one! You just have to hope for plenty of wet weather now. After our lawn was laid, there wasn't a drop of rain for two weeks. I did my best to water it but there are little brown patches here and there where it didn't get enough.

Still, it's pissed it down all this week, so that's good.

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Re: Gardening

Post by RITH » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:25 pm

humblebee wrote:It really does. Nice one! You just have to hope for plenty of wet weather now. After our lawn was laid, there wasn't a drop of rain for two weeks. I did my best to water it but there are little brown patches here and there where it didn't get enough.

Still, it's pissed it down all this week, so that's good.
I wondered about this. I've been watering it every night, but wasn't completely sure if I should. I seem to remember somewhere in the back of my brain that I've read an advice once to not water every day a little bit, but every few days a lot, so that the roots will have to grow deeper, and as a result can go without watering a bit longer later on. Is this nonsense?

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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:43 pm

RITH wrote:I wondered about this. I've been watering it every night, but wasn't completely sure if I should. I seem to remember somewhere in the back of my brain that I've read an advice once to not water every day a little bit, but every few days a lot, so that the roots will have to grow deeper, and as a result can go without watering a bit longer later on. Is this nonsense?
I dunno much about gardening but this sounds a bit iffy.

Our gardener said to water the grass every day and a half if it wasn't raining. Which I did, but it still didn't seem to be enough. I'd carry on doing it every night if I were you (and it's better to do it at night than in the day, because then the grass can drink the water before the sun dries it up, which you probably know already).

I guess it's pretty difficult to over-water grass. Even if you do it every day, it won't be as much water as the grass gets when it rains all week (like it has in Sheffield this week). And our lawn is loving it. The only time to worry will be if there are puddles where the water's staying, rather than soaking in.

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Re: Gardening

Post by RITH » Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:38 pm

The grass is really suffering from all the hot weather; it's slowly but surely turning browner by the week. I keep hoping for all the nightly rain I was promised on TV.

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Re: Gardening

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:43 pm

After over twenty years of renting, I've finally managed to find somewhere that affords me the use of my very own shed. I am delighted and excited beyond words. Personalistion of The Shed begins forthwith.
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