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Author:  KovacsC [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 12:05 ]
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That is cool. Thank you.

Author:  Mimi [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 12:05 ]
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Here is one. Well, not an app but a site.

Go to this site and set your town: https://www.gardenfocused.co.uk/adjust-dates-uk.php

That will adjust all of the times on the site to your local last frost dates.

Then visit this page and select all the things that you fancy growing and it will give you a week by week plan for what you should do and when for the best success in your zone and with your frost dates. https://www.gardenfocused.co.uk/calenda ... alised.php

I’ve got my pepper seedlings started, some onion, garlic and shallots on the go (still time for all of those, no fear) and some peas are sprouting in trays in the porch :luv:

Author:  Mimi [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 15:16 ]
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I think these are the plans I’m going for in my beds this year. There’s still a bit of space so o may end up getting some more pea supports and double my pea plants.

Author:  KovacsC [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 15:23 ]
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That plan is awesome.. I am not that organised.

Author:  Mimi [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 15:31 ]
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I have to be organised because it’s my coping mechanism.

Author:  KovacsC [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 15:35 ]
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I think it is great. What did you use to make the plan?

Author:  Cras [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 15:53 ]
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KovacsC wrote:
Is it to0 early to be excited about trying to grow stuff.

I am looking out of my window in and can see my raised beds.

I am thinking about getting a mini greenhouse so I can grow more :)

Is there a good app to tell you when to plant things?


I can also see my raised beds when I look out of the window. Sadly they are piles of wooden planks as I haven't shifted my arse to put them together yet...

Author:  Mimi [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 16:18 ]
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KovacsC wrote:
I think it is great. What did you use to make the plan?

An app called veggie garden planner

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/veggie-ga ... 1329927332

A friend recommended it to me last year. It plans your beds with correct crop spacing and you can drag and drop things to experiment with layout and it will show you beneficial companion planting (they’re the hearts, where two on ants have a mutually beneficial relationship and line being planted next to each other for nutrient exchange, or pest control, etc) but also where two crops might have a negative effect on each other (in which case you get a little lightning warning symbol)

You put in the dimensions of your beds and just drag and drop what you are planning on.

What are you thinking of growing? Anything exciting?

It’ll also give you a handy sowing and freeing calendar generated from the veg you select

Author:  KovacsC [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 16:31 ]
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That is fab..

I am opne to suggestions, probably toms and carrots.. And lots of lettuce, rocket. Perhaps some herbs.

Author:  Mimi [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 16:40 ]
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Maybe some onions? I use 1-2 onions every day so I’m trying to grow a few. If you are after any seeds in particular let me know as I may have some. I’ve got about five varieties of carrot for example (because we are going to try red, orange, yellow, white, and purple ones this year). Garlic is a good thing to start growing over winter, too. You’ve probably missed the window for it this year but it might be a good one for winter 22-23?

Author:  Mimi [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 16:43 ]
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Oh and I LOVE fresh peas. TOM THUMB is a dwarf variety which only grows about 40cm, but has plenty of nice pods full of round peas.

Author:  Squirt [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 16:43 ]
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Cras wrote:
KovacsC wrote:
Is it to0 early to be excited about trying to grow stuff.

I am looking out of my window in and can see my raised beds.

I am thinking about getting a mini greenhouse so I can grow more :)

Is there a good app to tell you when to plant things?


I can also see my raised beds when I look out of the window. Sadly they are piles of wooden planks as I haven't shifted my arse to put them together yet...

I can see the huge mass of brambles growing over my wall from my home office window. The birds love it though, so that's my excuse.

Author:  KovacsC [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 16:45 ]
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I will pop onions on my list... :)

Author:  KovacsC [ Thu Mar 03, 2022 16:47 ]
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2 beds. I will sort the frames out when it stops raining.

Author:  KovacsC [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 9:52 ]
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We have planted some potatoes. Topped up the beds with more compost. Put some peas in.

Started some veg in a propagator.

Author:  KovacsC [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 9:53 ]
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We have planted some potatoes. Topped up the beds with more compost. Put some peas in.

Started some veg in a propagator.

Author:  Mr Russell [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 10:03 ]
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I see the potato sacks! I also spy a composter. We just bought a shredder so I can more efficiently shred our packing materials for composting and were giving hot composting a go this year.

Author:  Mimi [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 13:53 ]
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Mr Russell wrote:
I see the potato sacks! I also spy a composter. We just bought a shredder so I can more efficiently shred our packing materials for composting and were giving hot composting a go this year.

It’s like normal composting, but sexy.

Author:  Mimi [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 14:34 ]
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I have just sown this ridiculous number of tomatoes.

I do not have room for this number of tomato varieties, so will have to think of some strategy down the line…

Author:  KovacsC [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 14:48 ]
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Mr Russell wrote:
I see the potato sacks! I also spy a composter. We just bought a shredder so I can more efficiently shred our packing materials for composting and were giving hot composting a go this year.


It is full. A lesson learned egg shells are rubbish and don’t breakdown well.

Author:  KovacsC [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 14:49 ]
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Mimi wrote:
Mr Russell wrote:
I see the potato sacks! I also spy a composter. We just bought a shredder so I can more efficiently shred our packing materials for composting and were giving hot composting a go this year.

It’s like normal composting, but sexy.


Shredding sounds a good idea. I have lots of brown paper from Amazon packages.

I want a shed and water butt next.

Author:  Mimi [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 15:18 ]
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KovacsC wrote:
Mr Russell wrote:
I see the potato sacks! I also spy a composter. We just bought a shredder so I can more efficiently shred our packing materials for composting and were giving hot composting a go this year.


It is full. A lesson learned egg shells are rubbish and don’t breakdown well.

They add good calcium to the soil. Just crush them up before hand. If you save up and then bake the clean dry shells it’s even better.

Author:  Mimi [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 15:20 ]
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KovacsC wrote:

I want a shed and water butt next.


What’s this then?

Author:  KovacsC [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 15:48 ]
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Mimi wrote:
KovacsC wrote:

I want a shed and water butt next.


What’s this then?


An old knackered shed, that needs replacing.

Author:  KovacsC [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 15:48 ]
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Mimi wrote:
KovacsC wrote:
Mr Russell wrote:
I see the potato sacks! I also spy a composter. We just bought a shredder so I can more efficiently shred our packing materials for composting and were giving hot composting a go this year.


It is full. A lesson learned egg shells are rubbish and don’t breakdown well.

They add good calcium to the soil. Just crush them up before hand. If you save up and then bake the clean dry shells it’s even better.


I will try that.. thanks

Author:  Mimi [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 16:26 ]
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Your shed looks a lot more stable than ours does, to be honest. Ours is a weird configuration that I haven’t seen anywhere to get it replaced, though. It’s more like a lean-to that doesn’t actually lean against anything. I would love to put a new one there but I can’t find anything that would work in that shaped space :( Plus it has lighting and electric and I think it’d be a PITA getting someone to fit those to a new shed.

Author:  KovacsC [ Sun Mar 06, 2022 20:41 ]
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These make bespoke sheds

https://www.shedsnow.co.uk/

They deliver and fit. They could be helpful.

Author:  Mimi [ Mon Apr 11, 2022 18:10 ]
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I haven’t got anywhere with Shed Quest, as we just have more pressing house jobs, but veggie garden 2022 is under way. Potatoes are coming up, I have about 35 tomato plants and about 15 pepper plants on the windowsill, peas are growing, carrots have germinated, garlic is growing, and shallots and onions are looking good too.

Author:  Sir Taxalot [ Mon Apr 11, 2022 23:31 ]
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I spent a long time up a ladder trying to trim some high hedges. It was hard work and while I'm glad I can now see out the windows I'm not all that pleased with the straightness off the cut (and I'm only about one third of the way across these particular hedges). I think I might just pay someone to do the rest.

Author:  BikNorton [ Mon Apr 11, 2022 23:49 ]
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Fire always works.

Author:  BikNorton [ Mon Apr 11, 2022 23:57 ]
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Your garden already looks so neat and productive @mimi!

Author:  Sir Taxalot [ Tue Apr 12, 2022 0:27 ]
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BikNorton wrote:
Fire always works.


I won't say I havent been tempted, but It's been incredibly wet lately. I do also quite like the hedges, when they are neat and tidy.

Author:  Mimi [ Tue Apr 12, 2022 8:57 ]
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Sir Taxalot wrote:
I spent a long time up a ladder trying to trim some high hedges. It was hard work and while I'm glad I can now see out the windows I'm not all that pleased with the straightness off the cut (and I'm only about one third of the way across these particular hedges). I think I might just pay someone to do the rest.


Do you have one of those telescopic hedge cutters? You can angle the cutting head so you can essentially just walk sideways whilst it does the work for you.

Author:  Mimi [ Tue Apr 12, 2022 9:02 ]
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BikNorton wrote:
Your garden already looks so neat and productive @mimi!

Thanks! We’ve been here just over a year now and I think we’ve got a nice balance with the little vegetable growing space in the back and then the rest of the garden. There’s another bed going in here with tomatoes, and there’s a little patio area half way up the garden that has all of the potatoes and patio veg. I’m looking forwards to getting the sweetcorn going this year.

Author:  Sir Taxalot [ Tue Apr 12, 2022 11:14 ]
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Mimi wrote:
Sir Taxalot wrote:
I spent a long time up a ladder trying to trim some high hedges. It was hard work and while I'm glad I can now see out the windows I'm not all that pleased with the straightness off the cut (and I'm only about one third of the way across these particular hedges). I think I might just pay someone to do the rest.


Do you have one of those telescopic hedge cutters? You can angle the cutting head so you can essentially just walk sideways whilst it does the work for you.


Kinda, I got one from aldi that has a hedge trimmer on a pole, not telescopic but long ish. It also has a chainsaw attachtment, a whipper snipper head, and an edging tool. I got it a few months ago but some of the hedges have been left for too long and the sticks were too thick so I ended up using the chainsaw bit.

It's also quite heavy.

Author:  Mimi [ Tue Apr 12, 2022 12:10 ]
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Yeah, the one Russell has is, too. It’s certainly too much for me to handle.

It sounds like getting a pro in is your best bet, and then you can just try to maintain it.

Author:  Kern [ Thu Apr 21, 2022 9:11 ]
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A while back I put some seeds in a small pot as I couldn't decide which bed to put them in. Recently I saw loads of shoots peaking out the soil, and as it looked so cramped in there I decided to repot them into a larger pot. When I was trying to remove the old pot, all of its contents fell upside down into the new one. I tried to rescue as many as I could, but fear I might buried some to deep.

But I think they're pretty resilient and at least some should find there way to the top.

Packet was only £2 so not much of a loss if I don't get the extensive bloom I was aiming for.

In other news, the lawn tulips have come up and are looking great. However, with them and some reseeding I've been doing, it looks like it'll be another month before I start mowing the lawn.

Author:  Mimi [ Thu Apr 21, 2022 9:22 ]
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Fingers crossed for the seedlings. We’re they something nice? Would love to see how the tulips look in the lawn if you have a picture.

Author:  Kern [ Thu Apr 21, 2022 9:40 ]
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Mimi wrote:
Fingers crossed for the seedlings. We’re they something nice? Would love to see how the tulips look in the lawn if you have a picture.


Yep, here's the lawn tulips and the box tulips.

You can see that I'm too afraid to cut back the heavy grass around the planter lest I end up cutting the tulips down too. I do like the deep maroon however.

Author:  Kern [ Thu Apr 21, 2022 9:53 ]
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Mimi wrote:
Fingers crossed for the seedlings. We’re they something nice?


Some yellow oxalis.

Author:  Cras [ Thu Apr 21, 2022 10:03 ]
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I actually like the long grass being there. I feel without it the tulips would look a little awkward stuck out on their own

Author:  Mimi [ Thu Apr 21, 2022 10:05 ]
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Yeah, I agree with Cras, it helps soften them into the space. They all look beautiful and healthy!

Author:  Kern [ Thu Apr 21, 2022 10:12 ]
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Thanks both!

Author:  Kern [ Thu May 05, 2022 8:08 ]
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Mimi wrote:
Fingers crossed for the seedlings.


Looks like they've recovered from their unplanned house move. Lots of lovely green shoots coming up now.

Author:  BikNorton [ Fri May 13, 2022 19:17 ]
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Hooray, it's perfectly acceptable to sharpen a mattock using a grinding disc on an angle grinder!

I still need to properly justify buying a bastard file.

Author:  krazywookie [ Fri May 13, 2022 20:35 ]
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They prefer "half round" these days. Get woke

Author:  Mr Russell [ Fri May 13, 2022 21:13 ]
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Pff. Being able to say the word Bastard in Technology without getting into trouble was the best thing about that lesson in the first year of secondary school

Author:  Cras [ Sat May 14, 2022 1:29 ]
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Hand and a half file.

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