Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Culture' started by Star, Aug 19, 2009.
A RITE OF PASSAGE for MANY of us
I looked up local nurseries that I knew of and found one who will deliver some compost!
People are trying to flog tomato growbags and 50L bags of bogstandard compost that cost £5 in your local HARDWARE EMPORIUM for £30 on ebay and amazon
I have two rose bushes down the side of the drive which I feared were QUITE DEAD and so I pruned them right back to a short stump a few weeks back. They both have about three or four new shoots on now.
I've also spent a few hours today down the side of the house where I chuck all the old pots and things, and pulled out six old terracotta pots and planters I've not used in well over a decade which have weathered beautifully, and planted up a lot of dahlia and begonias this afternoon.
I've built a new bird table out of an old floorboard and two bits of wood that came in the packaging for the new washing machine
I also cut through the lead on the hedge trimmers. AGAIN. Thank goodness for circuit breakers
Oooh pic of the bird table please @Shirley
@lolly were they plants or bulbs? I was wondering if it's too late to plant summer bulbs now.
Nice pots and planters are so expensive aren't they
Bulbs. Well, tubers. Or is it corms? Or rhizomes? I'm never quite sure of the difference. They both said fine to plant until May. A couple of them were showing signs of sprouting. Only from Wilko yesterday, but I've always found their plants fine.
Down the side of the house I think I probably had about three dozen old pots. Probably about 6 nasty plastic ones Mr L bought (for the bin), a few old galvanised metal ones which don't look too bad, and the rest terracotta. You can really tell the difference between the cheap ones and the expensive ones. The cheap ones have all cracked or flaked.
I wanted to buy my plants from Wilko too this year as they were really reasonable prices, but they sold out online and I've not visited a store. Never mind, my plans for the garden this year are a bit on hold now. Although that's perhaps a good thing as it gives me a chance to clear up properly this year.
Practicality over aesthetic pleasingness as ever. The fat pigeons are only going to SHIT all over it annieways
I've upcyled my pallet by nailing more OLD FLOORBOARDS (these ones are probably EDWARDIAN so I probably should have SOLD THEM ON but they've been in my garage for 10 years) to the sides and HEY PONCHO something to put the insane number of FLOWER SEEDLINGS I've grown in
I finished my pallet herb garden today, I'll take a pic tomorrow!
Here we go it'll look better once it's mounted and got stuff growing
Ooh yes, I saw some like that during my investigations. Very nice.
I'm afraid I could only be bothered to make THIS
That looks good! There's so much you can make from pallets, in this Facebook gardening group people make whole dining sets and outdoor bars. Some look amazing.
I know right. I looked at one particularly inventive creation but you needed about ten different electric saws and goodness knows what other implements. I can only do POOR QUALITY CARPENTRY I'M AFRAID
Plus you tend to need a HANDY MAN.
Which I have, but he's busy babysitting.
Upcycled my bench and table:
I think you can just call that 'painting'.
It involved jet washing and sanding too
Well yes, you do tend to clean a surface and sand it back before you paint it.
The b*stard SLUGS are attacking my plants.
You've got SLUGS? We're PARCHED up here. I was trying to plant some flowers in my front garden and the soil was like CONCRETE
It's been SO VERY DRY. The soil is PARCHED.
I'm lucky I have a few bit growing.
I don't know how they're about without water but they're eating things I've ordered some copper tape to see if that helps.
Something has eaten my nasturtium seedlings out the front. If it's pigeons I'm going to shoot them. Plenty of watering to do
I mentioned the watering in passing to Mr S who told me about how he has to spend ALL HIS TIME EMPTYING THE DISHWASHER and DOING THE WASHING. Yeah and playing COMPUTER GAMES and PLAYING THE PIANO and WATCHING THE COLLECTED WORKS OF GEMMA COLLING on YOUTUBE.
Our sunflowers grew to about 10ft
Some of my flowers (excuse the wall at the back, the neighbours have been doing it up for the past two years...)
These roses have a lovely colour this year!
Our tomato and cucumber plants growing in the greenhouse;
First time thread poster, slightly in awe of @Star 's wonderful plants! Those look better than the gardening centre we were just in!
We bought a ficus, a dracaena and two Uno topiary trees, each for indoors. We've been talking about getting some plants for ages and finally took the plunge. I'm rather pleased with how they look!
This year is the first I've been growing in pots and it seems to have worked! I'd love to grow more directly into my boarders but nothing seems to grow in the ground. Next year I'll try and fill the boarders with pots of colour I think so the whole garden looks more colourful. I just need the neighbours to finish that wall off so I can have a proper tidy up.
What's wrong with the soil in your borders?
Ours was originally really clay heavy. You could literally pick some of it out and mould it in your hands. I remember digging loads of sand and compost into it to make it better. It's still really heavy, but the positive is you rarely need to water it. I haven’t watered the garden at all this summer, only my pots.
You need sharp or grit sand to aid drainage lolly. Or failing that, perlite.
Or horticultural grit.
Yes, as I said I dug sand into it.