Gardening thread

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  1. martin-f

    martin-f Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    With spring on its way thought it would be nice to have a gardening thread, I know we have one keen gardener hope we have a few more:)

    Had a few hours away from DIY today and cleared the greenhouse ready for whatever I'm going to put in,

    Noticed the first flower of the year while messing with the greenhouse and was pleased with the growth of the Pampas grass I only put it in last year :)

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    reddiesel Moderator Staff Member

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    Im thinking of starting a veg plot this year, a raised bed which i will have to either fence off or maybe a poly-tunnel to keep the dogs off, we have a bull mastiff and a french bulldog which wreck any plants , any suggestions on whats the best to start with ? i have some raspberry canes and rhubarb in big tubs to go in that i got last year, i will probably put some trellis against the fence for the raspberry's i've got mixed early and late varieties .
     
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    martin-f Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Hi Red I only started gardening a few years ago before we moved here we only had a lawn and decking, our new garden was in a right old state when we moved in, after lots of hard work removing trees putting new fences up and getting a lawn down I had the bug but still a novice, @pontiend will be able to advise you better he's a bit of a dab hand closely watched by Mrs ponti :).
     
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    martin-f Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Hi spent most of today in the garden moving rubble, I managed to get one of my borders sorted out, hopefully the weather will be just as nice over the weekend and I can get work done on the others.
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    pontiend Senile Member

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    Its the other way round martin.Mrs ponti is the gardener watched by Mr Ponti.:)Soon be sunflower time though those and the beans and leaks are my department.:)
     
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    martin-f Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    You do a dam good job between you Ray your garden looks lovely :), Yes wont be long before we get the sunflowers in :), my red ones was a big disappointment last year,

    It was late in the year when i got my greenhouse operational i will start them of in there this year,

    Spent some time in the garden today managed to get more borders sorted out,
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    Then cleaned the pond out and run the pump all afternoon,
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    Later this afternoon i made two bird boxes, just need to drill the holes when i find a suitable drill bit i have one somewhere.
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    cactikid Well-Known Member

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    bloody hell now i feel very quilty of zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz all weekend and colder weather on the way and maybe snow,looking top job mrs martin;)
     
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    I got some Leek seeds planted in a seed tray and put in the window Yesterday, I'm going to start some beets later this week. Soon be time to start the first Early Tates chitting.

    @reddiesel
    if you have a good sunny spot, then Tomatoes are a good choice, otherwise Peas, Carrots or Salad crops can be grown in a raised bed. I did try Potatoes and onions at home but the dog thought it was a game and dug everything up and brought it to me
     
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    martin-f Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    I am going to put some in this week Ray, have you done anything with yours yet.
     
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    cactikid Well-Known Member

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    all the snow and water and no gardening
     
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    reddiesel Moderator Staff Member

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    Been trying to clean mine up it's just a muddy swamp at the moment, the dogs have destroyed the lawn, Ive got a laurel bush problem which is growing between next doors fence the roots are like tree trunks and i can only dig them out on my side, Ive tried waste oil to kill it ,i chop it right back every year and it just grows back, weed killer has no affect,im going to try drilling holes in the main trunk and filling with SBK as someone suggested.
    I have my fruit bushes in big pots at the moment they didn't like the snow much but have started to sprout, we have some veg, beans and stuff in a greenhouse tent thing starting off.
     
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    martin-f Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    I planted some flower seeds in the GH before the bad weather luckily only a few days before so they didn't have time to germinate, anyhow since its warmed up a little some seeds has started to grow.
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    coolglass on the windows in march lol
     
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    I've just planted out my 1st batch of Leeks, put them under cloches until the 1st Pots go in next Week and the cloches get moved to them. I did put some Peas and Radish under a cold frame a few Weeks ago, they have just started to sprout, it's a bit early to plant them but I figured it was worth a try.

    I have Cabbage and Beets starting in trays, they should be ready to go out in about 3 Weeks
     
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    martin-f Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Hi Ian when should runner bean seeds go in please, i bought some small plants last year i only grew them for the flowers tbh i just let them run up the conifers they looked quite nice and provided some flower at height the farther in law enjoyed the crop,

    I want to do the same this year but will use seeds.
     
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    cactikid Well-Known Member

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    one would wonder how cold the soil is and were going to have a white paddies day in ireland lol
     
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    reddiesel Moderator Staff Member

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    The weather forecast is more snow tomorrow ? hope it's wrong !
     
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    Sorry M8, I don't know. I would imagine you could start them in pots in a Greenhouse around now or plant out after all risk of frost.

    Next week has a better forecast here, should be dry and around 10-12 all week. Probably means wet and cold though. If it is dry and mild, then the 1st pots will be in.
     
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    martin-f Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Thanks Ian i will have a google

    Lets hope so we are of up near Scarborough mon/fri for a short break, its snowing here at the moment.
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    Same here, too Wet Damp and Cold to do anything yet.Brr
    Edit Mrs Ponti has plenty of flower seedlings going.
     
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